Christmas with the Kids, cabin with Trish

Posted by John on February 4, 2016 with No Comments as ,

We spent Christmas Eve with the kids at home and Christmas day packing for our trip to the cabin near Hurricane. This was the wife’s first trip to the cabin since the walls went up. She’d been there once before after we got the foundation and platform built, but it’s a big change from platform to walls, roof, insulation and such.

Christmas 2015

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May 2015, FST ATV Ride

Posted by John on February 4, 2016 with No Comments

So the first ride of this summer. Met Stoney Robertson at True North camped the night. The next day we were joined by John Johnston and Dave Oliver. We took off explored the mine and then headed down some dusty trails crossing the Steese and Circle Fairbanks Trail…ended up at Chatanika Lodge had a nice lunch. We also went to the Davidson Ditch and took a close look at an old cabin and Mining tunnel. Made it back to camp Dave and John went home…Stoney and I sat up til midnight talking war stories etc. This morning we went on a long ride made it to Hilltop drank coffee and came back by 1pm….I said goodbye and came home…waiting for the next adventure soon!!

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The Cabin Has Stairs

Posted by John on April 13, 2015 with No Comments as

Took a few days off of work and went down to the cabin. I left around 5:30 in the morning figuring I’d get to the parking area by 9:00 so I could ride in to the cabin before the snow started to get to soft to haul any loads. It went pretty good, the temps were in the mid 40’s when I arrived so I only took one light load in the first day, most of my freighting was firewood, so I wasn’t worried about it “disappearing” overnight from my truck.

As I said it was a nice day when I arrived on Wed, cloudy but warm. After spending the day opening up the cabin and moving things around so I could get to the front wall it was dinner time, so I called it a night and relaxed for the evening. Moving a few things included taking down 4 sets of scaffolding and hauling it out to the deck and moving the firewood I was storing inside to keep dry out to the deck as well. So it took a few hours to complete.


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Two Rivers Run

Posted by John on April 13, 2015 with No Comments as

What I figured was my last local ride was the Snow Travelers Two River run lead by Stoney.

It turned out to be a good ride of about 48 miles on the trails north and south of Chena Hot Springs Road and through a couple of trails I hadn’t been on before. We started out with 11 riders and nice temps above zero, of course the above zero became above freezing before the day was out.

Stoney did a great job on leading the group and we all had a good day. Even found a few fields of snow that no had ridden on this season, so some of us got to play a little.

Anyway it was just a nice day to be out on the trails. We did end the day early, around 3:30 as the snow was getting to be a bit soft.

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Two River Run, last local ride for the season

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Spring is in the air

Posted by John on March 23, 2015 with No Comments as

So I made a trip down to the cabin for 4 days and it was beautiful.

50 above when I arrived at the parking at 4:00 PM Thursday. Still lots of snow and not to soft for riding on.

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Fresh snow and Chatanika

Posted by John on March 8, 2015 with No Comments as

We got a nice dump of fresh snow, a wet and heavy fresh snow, not what we usually get in Interior Alaska. I’m use to that nice dry powdery stuff, but this year has been such a snow drought for us any snow is appreciated, even wet heavy stuff.

As the club didn’t have any rides on the calendar, I posted on the web site that I was thinking about heading out to Chatanika for breakfast and a ride. I got called from a couple of members as to my plans, like where we going, how many miles, no idea. My plan was simple, meet at Chatanika, have breakfast, get on sled and ride.


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Iron Dog Week 2015

Posted by John on March 8, 2015 with No Comments as

After the Sweetheart run the week before I decided to make a cabin run and haul in some more lumber for the generator shack. Jake offered to come along so we also hauled in the new 7KW generator, which means I can run the chop saw again when getting the tongue and grove up on the inside walls.

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Feb 15, 2015 FST Sweetheart Run

Posted by John on February 16, 2015 with No Comments as

A great day and an excellent 106 mile ride. When I arrived at Chena Pump Landing, our parking area, at 8:30 AM it was already 2 above zero. It looked like it was getting a little cloudy and of course that had me wondering about the flat light. Last year there was a couple of place where I was driving by brail, not a fun feeling going 35 miles an hour on a sled and wondering if there were any open leads and holes in the ice you’re heading into. This year we had a little flat light but not bad all in all.

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Snow Travelers Sweetheart Run to Nenana

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Hurricane Cabin in Jan 2015

Posted by John on January 21, 2015 with No Comments as

Finally made it in. We are definately lacking snow fall, but I did have a good 5 days :<) So you can see in the pictures below, what is considered low snow and how much I had to shovel off the steps just to get to the door. The others are shots of the tongue and grove boards I got on the first wall. [flagallery gid=160 name="Gallery" skin=StylishGrey] The drive down on Thursday was nice, a little ice on the roads but not bad all. The trail from the parking area to the cabin was different story. Appearently the lack of snow has gotten everyone searching for any kind of riding and it looks like a group found our area. The trail was rough and hard, also made you think your kidneys were going to detach themselves. The insulation is 100% done and now its time to get busy on the walls. Lots more tongue and grove to put up and sheetrock to hang. Maybe with any luck I'll this all done by summer, but most likely not.

Snow storms and cabin

Posted by John on December 27, 2014 with No Comments as

So we finally got some snow and it turned out to be a big dump. Ok, snow down and time to get to the cabin and work on the inside walls.

I picked up some form board to finish insulating the floor, well not really, the floor insulation is actually done with a R-38 rating, but dang it, I keep hitting my head on the floor joist when I go under the cabin, so I figured I’d add a layer of 1 inch foam board. Increase the insulation factor y 4 to give me a R-42 floor and cover up the floor joist so I could cut back on my aspirin intake.


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