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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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.
As I said, I missed the general Moose hunt this year due to some medical issues I had to resolve but now everything is good. The Alaska Fish and Game (F&G) has a late season or winter moose hunt open until February, so I went and got a tag and decided to go see what I could see in regards to some Moose meat for the freezer.
Missing moose hunt this year is really biting into our winter food supplies. I’m not thrilled about having to eat store brought meat all winter, so I used most of my Alaska State Permanent Fund (PFD) dividend and ordered half a cow and half a pig from Delta Meats. Delta Meats is an excellent butcher shop down in Delta, about 100 miles south of us. A long way to go for food supplies, but better than having to eat regular store brought meat and without any Moose or Caribou in the freezer we need something for the dinner plates. Read more »
My latest trip to the Steese cabin site was to see what little I could offer in getting the cabin enclosed. Winter is here and enclosing the cabin is way up on the priority list so the inside work can be done is some comfort.
I also hauled in the material to finish up my cabin’s foundations. Not sure I’m going to build a cabin here but at least a nice 16×24 foot platform that I can use to set up my wall tent on for hunting season and some basic exploring weekends. This part of the country is excellent for ATV riding and doing a little recreational gold panning, so who knows, maybe I can dig up a little gold to help with the cost of building a cabin here.
By time I left for the day the cabin was enclosed minus a window and door, but no biggie, putting those in shouldn’t take them more than an hour at the most. So good luck Dean, I’m going to spend the next couple of weekends trying to fill a winter moose hunt tag I have since I missed the general hunt this year.
Saturday morning Jake and I drove up the Steese to the parking area. The original plan was to work on the porch deck, help get the wall sheeting up and the house wrap on.
So as all good plan’s go this one was changed before we even got started. Met Dean and loaded up the Siglin sled and hauled it behind the Bearcat for our first run in. Dean asked me if I’d mind hauling the rest of the material in and of course I said sure. So Jake and I ran three trips hauling the last of the heavy materials to the cabin site. A nice and easy day actually, all considered. The weather at the cabin site was fantastic, blue bird skies and sunshine. The weather at the parking area, 7 miles away was a different story. It started out nice, but by time we got the last load ready to go in the wind was blowing and the clouds were coming in. Read more »