My tent cabin on the Kvechak River

The Bush Life

The Bush Life
My old buddy "KAYAK"

Monday, January 18, 2016

Sunday ride

I haven't been out in a long time because, it's just been to cold. The temps. have been 0 degrees to -20.
This was the temperature Sunday morning about 7:30 am. I decided to go for a ride anyway. I made me a good breakfast first. It's still dark this time of day so, breakfast is by oil lamp.
About 11:30 am, I left to ride up to Willow Creek, one of my favorite places to go. This is what it looked like when I left.
Took this picture on the way
Got up to my favorite spot

This is a cabin across the creek, no road to it.
How is it accessed, you ask? By handrail, this is how they cross and bring their supplies across.
Pretty neat, eh?
On the way back, I stopped at a parking area where people park their vehicles and off load their snowmachines to hit the trails.

Even when you drive way out on dirt roads and hardly see anyone,  it's hard to get away from modernization.

It was still early so, I decided to take a ride to Deshka Landing in Willow. This is a place where people go to launch their snowmachines  in the Winter and boats in the Summer. Here is where it all happens. People also use it as a staging area for supplies they are taking out to their remote cabins. You pay by the day or by the season.

The road to Deshka

These 55 gallon containers are used to transport gas out to remote cabins

On the way back to the cabin, I stopped at Kashwitna Lake to photograph Denali.

By the time I got back, It was still pretty cold so, this called for something to take the chill off. This is a good soup.


I sauteed 1/2 lb. ground breakfast sausage, 2 handfuls of sliced mushrooms, 2 cups chopped onions, 2 cups chopped sweet peppers, parsley, couple cloves minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Add all these ingredients and  28 oz. of canned diced tomatoes to the macaroni and the water used to cook the macaroni, stir and enjoy.

Well, that pretty much how my Sunday went. Even as cold as it was, it was good to get out and enjoy myself. take care.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The New Year

Howdy, well it's a new year and I survived the transition from 2015 to 2016. The weather is being just as weird as last Winter. It's been a mixture of subzero, warm, rain and snow. I have said this will be a new time for me and I think I am getting back to normal. Here are how the temperatures have been back and forth.

Went from this 

to this

Actually, the temps have been as high as 50. I just forgot to take photos, next time. The birds are doing fine, the feeder has been very busy with the usual Chickadees and a couple of other visitors.

The Chickadees 
Red polls

Introducing for the first time, Mr. Woodpecker 

OK, now for the cooking, yes, I am back to cooking again. First, I bought a new stove and it works great and fits in my cabin very well. It's called the Camp Chef, purchased at the Sportsman Warehouse.

It has 2 burners and an oven with a built in thermometer. 
I decided to try the oven out and made meatloaf but, in a different way. 

I added 1 lb. ground beef, 2 eggs, 1 onion chopped, couple handfuls of Herb Dressing, mixed in some Oregano and Italian seasoning. Mix it all together and then, I put it in a muffin pan.

Ah, finished 450 degrees in 18 minutes.
It tasted really flavorful and moist.

Here are a couple of other things I threw together. Turkey sausage, macaroni, onions, diced tomatoes and some spices. I don't really follow a recipe, maybe I should write them down and share. 

Mushroom stuffed ravioli, Italian herb sauce, topped with Feta cheese.
Sauteed Sausage, onions and sweet peppers.
Grilled Chicken strips on a bed of Lettuce salad and Catalina sauce

As you can see, I am trying to make a comeback, lol. In a couple of days I will write an in dept post about things going on and what is to come. I hope this post will be the appetizer. Take care.