After my end of the season trip last April I figured I’d wait until the snow was gone and the weather improved to make my first summer trip in. Well the snow did melt and summer did arrive along with lots of rain so far this year.
I drove down Thursday evening and had my mind set to get stuck a couple of times on the ride in, surprise, surprise, made it to the cabin without getting stuck once, that was a change. You will notice that the first picture in the album below is of bear pop, taken about 50 feet just before the cabin. Dang bear(s) tore up some more of my form board and decided to leave me a nice little pile to show his support, Ha.
The cabin in June 2014Share on Facebook
Woke up Friday to beautiful clear skies and what turned out to be 74 degrees above weather. Couldn’t ask for anything better with the way the summer has been going so far.
My original plans were to get a start on the furnace room add on. This is going to be a 4×6 foot addition in the back for an up flow forced air furnace. As I looked around for material Friday morning I noticed that 4 for the foundation cribs had settled and needed to be leveled and shimmed before I started on the addition. So this took half of the day to get done and while I was at it I also noticed that the deck was lifting up and required me to work on the 3 piling used for it.
By 6:00 I had the foundation maintenance done and decided it was time to quit and think about dinner, figuring another nice sunny day tomorrow would let me get to the furnace room.
Saturday morning I woke up to thick clouds at ground level and could barely see a 100 yards out and it was raining. A nice cold rain at 40 degrees above temps and a little breeze to help it along and yes fresh snow on the mountain top. It did get me to thinking about my 210 gallon holding tank that I wanted to start filling up.
On goes the rain gear and my “hillbilly” think cap. Why hillbilly you say, well the long term supply system for the holding tank will be the runoff water from the roof as soon as I get it finished and rain gutters in, since the roof is not finished over the deck and I don’t have rain gutters up I decided a more hillbilly mode of thinking was required.
You will note that the usage of a blue tarp and lots of duck-tape (survival necessities as any true Alaskans will tell you) is used in great quantities, but it works. The rain Saturday accumulated to about 2 to 3 inches of filling the storage tank, not bad for one day’s worth of rain.
So it rained and rained all day and I did get a start on the furnace room, just not as much as I’d have liked, but enough that I can finish up the deck for it next time I go in and should have the walls up and be ready to roof by Sept at the latest. Will be nice to get the current furnace out of my living room before next winter.
The ride out Sunday was decent but I did get stuck twice thanks to all that rain Saturday.Share on Facebook