My old boat on Six Mile Lake


My tent cabin on the Kvechak River

The Bush Life

The Bush Life
My old buddy "KAYAK"

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Talk about bad luck

I know a few of you was wondering why I haven't posted in awhile. I was holding off to post tonight from my remote cabin. Well, I didn't make it. About 11am this morning I drove down to my friends house to load up and head out.

We loaded the plane up and I got more excited  as I boarded. We taxied out and got into takeoff position and away we go, smile on my face.  As we took off, I noticed something wrong, it was to slow. As we straightened out, Randy banked left and headed back to the lake, when he started descending, I knew something was wrong. We landed and taxied back to the house. Randy said it was a slow takeoff and when we were up, he couldn't get over 2500 rpms. So, we abandoned the trip so he can get a mechanic to fix it.

So, I came back home, unloaded the car and wait for the call. We had a beautiful day to fly and got sacked. Hopefully, we will be able to go in a day or two. That's it. I will see if I can come up with something in the meantime.

Take care

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Trip to top of Hatchers Pass

Saturday, I decided to take a ride to top of Hatchers Pass from Willow. Round trip was 37 miles but, it took 3hrs. 20min. because of the road condition. There were a few holes that almost ate my car. LOL Took these on the way up.

This is an old mine shaft halfway up the mountain, from the 1800's
These two slash shots is the road going up the mountain
The whole road got a bit scary,  No guard rails and plenty of pot holes.

Finally made it to Summit Lake on top

People hiking a very narrow trail to the mountain top
At the top.
this is the road below 

Parking area at Summit Lake
A small Falls on the way back.

Well, that was pretty much the trip and on the way back, I saw quite a few people berry picking which reminds me, I need to get out and do some berry picking myself. Our really nice sunny weather has gone as of this morning, RAIN. So, I will work on retrieving my past lodge photos. Enjoy and take care.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Good morning, it's 8:50 a.m. and 30 degrees. It was chilly enough to start a small fire to take the chill off. Closing the windows before going to sleep would have helped, lol. After about 2 weeks of steady rain, the sun finally showed itself  and am now getting things done.

While sitting around in the cabin during the rainy days, I got to thinking about things and have decided to put all projects on hold. Even for me, there were way to many to complete and I wasn't taking time out for myself. That's going to change. I started rounding up all the junk laying around and haul off to the dump.
I want to spend the rest of the time for myself and doing things I enjoy. I want to go fishing and take a trip out to the Denali Highway and take photos and get away from crowds for a bit. My friend Randy is quite busy now, flying hunters and fishermen out to remote areas. When he returns, I will fly out to my remote cabin and get some things done and have some real quiet time.

I did finish a project that needed to be done and that is a walkway. I figured it would cut down on the dirt and fine gravel coming into the cabin so, I'm not always sweeping. Made from the free pallets I got.

I have been in a funk for quite awhile and I am slowly coming out of it. I am putting off doing the addition on the remote cabin until next year. I plan on just having fun joying life this Winter. That's the reason I retired. Anyway, I will start my blog on my early days of caretaking this weekend. Hope everyone stops by to check it out. Take care

Saturday, August 13, 2016

C'mon Winter

I guess you can tell, I am done with Summer and just want to skip through Fall. This has been a terrible year, at least for me. It's been exceptionally hot and now for the past two weeks, RAIN. This is why I like Winters best, it's always cool or cold and you can dress accordingly. Working outside is more pleasant and you get to see the moon, stars, Northern Lights and anything else happening in the sky.

I enjoy cooking and baking more and eating seems more pleasurable, at least for me. I am more at ease during the Winter at night with the oil lamps  and candles giving off a nice peaceful glow. There is something about Winter that brings me peace.

I've cut down on the tv watching now and moving to watching movies now. I'm a big fan of outdoor and Civil War movies, not so much for the action but, how they lived in that time period.

Not much going on, the reason for my lack of blogging although, I have put some work into the cabin. I got some free metal roofing last year and decided it has sat long enough. So, I went to work.

I believe it will lessen the heat loss during the Winter. I also started clearing a spot for my little add on.
I bought a battery operated weed eater and I really like it. It works well for the area I need it for and it's QUIET.
While using it, I came across a lot of mushrooms, I've never had, I assume resulting from all the wet weather and overgrowth.

By the way, the Fireweed is starting to turn.
Lately, because of the rain, I have been going through photographs of my early years of lodge caretaking. They bring back fond memories of happiness. During those years, I wrote poetry.  I've decided to share those memories with all of you. They were taken before digital cameras so, I will photograth them with my digital and display them. I will also share a poem with each blog.

Looking at those old photos bring back a memory I wish I could experience again. So, hope you all stay tuned. Take care

Sunday, July 17, 2016

What a life

I feel really good for a change. Before I go on, the person I talked to about trading cabins, seems to busy to come down and look at my cabin. He owns a construction company and is building an airplane hanger right here in the subdivision. I've spoken to him twice and he tells me, he will be down at the end of the day.  Nope, not yet. You would think I would be pissed but, I'm not. Wouldn't do me any good. Enough about this subject.

It's 9:30 pm and 76 degrees. It got to 85 today and for the past week. 
I have been feeling pretty good for a couple of weeks, not feeling down. I had to think long and hard. With taking care of 2 properties, it's a lot for one person, especially when you can't just hop in your vehicle for one of them. So, I will concentrate on the town cabin for now. I was on Facebook looking at a site called Homesteading. Someone had made a project out of pallets and it was really kool. Well, I got pallet fever and googled wood pallet projects, when pictures of different projects came up I was hooked. I went to the local Lowes and they told me to go out back and take what I want in their junk pile. I have been going every chance I can and got many pallets. They look like brand new. By the way, Home Depot turned me down.

Here's a couple of projects I made, just something simple.

Spice rack
As you can see, I still have pans hanging on the wall with nails. I changed that.

Look to the left of the Spice rack
This a no brainer, nail a piece across the bottom, nail to the outhouse and put my shovels, rakes and whatever inside.
With my old tv antenna falling apart, I acquired this one and loss 3 of my 7 channels. 
I saw this one on Amazon for $35. The ad claimed it has a range of 180 miles and it has a motor with a remote to rotate the antenna from inside. I am 80 miles North of Anchorage. I put it up today, it works great and have my 7 channels back.
My window flowers and driveway flowers are doing real well.

Well, that's enough for tonight. It's 11:21 and time for bed. I will post again in a couple of days. Good night and take care.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Things are looking up

I feel, I am coming out of my funk. This weekend I was planning on a trip to the Denali Highway but, I cancelled because of rain. It just didn't make sense going to such a beautiful place in pouring rain. So, I went shopping instead and bought pizza and some nails. Made a stop at the local thrift shop but, didn't see anything that interest me.

It's a 40 mile trip home and that gives one time to think about things. Well, I did think. Since I bought this property and built the cabin, I lost the reason I did this. It was suppose to be a place to come to when in town for supplies. I got caught up in the town lifestyle and it has got way out of control. I came to my senses last night as I layed in bed. So, woke up this morning made my coffee and a hearty breakfast. Yep, my favorite

I'm a firm believer, a great early morning breakfast and fantastic coffee with a great view. In the lower right hand corner is a bird bath.
I took an old cake pan and nailed it to a stump
Over time, I have made this town cabin, look like a regular home of sorts and to tell the truth, it has made me feel uncomfortable and still does. After this coming Thursday 7/07, it will change one way or another. And you ask, why? Well, I talked with someone who may be interested in trading his remote cabin on 5 acres on a lake with a 5000 ft. airstrip for both my properties. This airstrip was put there in the 60's for exploration which didn't pan out. Here are some photos.At present, he is putting a new roof on and adding a wrap around deck.

I am really hoping this deal goes forward, if it does, I will be out there setting up a household before you know it. Now, if  it doesn't, I will expedite my downsizing and go from there. Hoping you all keep your fingers crossed. Take care.

Happy Independence Day