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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Well trip two for the Caribou was as unsuccessful as the first one. Only thing I got from the 2nd run up to Rosebud was a broken A-Arm on the Bearcat, a spendy repair bill and a still empty freezer.
Oh well it’s almost Christmas and I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Years. Trish and I are heading to the cabin on the day after Christmas, have to be in town for Grandkids or else we’d be leaving the day before I know there’s lots of snow down there so it should be a great week.
Headed up to 12 Mile Summit with Dean with the intent to give him a hand on a few things at their cabin and then do some caribou hunting. Well when we got to the top of 12 Mile Summit it was -3 below zero and a good 20 mph wind and neither of us felt like riding out in 25 to 30 below temps just to do a little maintenance and maybe get a Caribou. So back to town we went, I have to say that once we got back down off of 12 Mile it was a nice morning for a drive. We did stop off at Chatanika Lodge and have breakfast, thanks Dean.
So Sunday I figured I’d go after the Bou again, but this time up to Rosebud which is a mountain about 3500 feet elevation along the Yukon Quest trail. Being by myself it’s a nice easy ride in from Chena Hot Springs Road. I parked at 52 mile CHSR and off loaded the Bearcat and pull behind Otter sled, there was one other vehicle in the parking area, a truck and cab-over camper who had spent the night there.