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Old 08-28-2012, 02:45 PM
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Default Making The Best of The Time That's Left....

You may have noticed that I've not been posting. With the coming of Autumn close at hand I've been at the cabin getting ready for the winter projects. If you're new to my posts about this place, it is located 78 miles off the road system on a lake. Access is by river boat, air craft, or snowmachine and so any project is the source for preparation and pride when you actually get something done.

I took with a new Stihl saw, this is a big boy with a 25" bar and skip chains with chisel teeth This winter I will be dropping somewhere around 40 big trees in order to open up our southern exposure and a big saw was in the recipe. The stump shown is that of a tree that has been in my way for years when I make the winter trail and the tree was already dead. For reference, Boss weighs about 87 pounds at this time and he is a tall dog.

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On the way out I stopped to see a friend about 37 miles up the river who operates a small saw mill. He had made me a set of 2" X 12" by 8 foot long beams to use for new porch stair stringers. These were substantial slabs of wood and being spruce they will last for a couple decades. On day 2 I tore out the old steps which were more than unsafe and built new.

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With the steps done I turned attention to getting winter wood stowed on the front porch and covered. Nothing beats easy access to dry wood when the temps drop way down there.

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There is another load of wood stored under the cabin where it remains very dry and accessible. I did some pike fishing and saw a few salmon but this was a work B for sure. After dodging logs in the creek on the way out I hit the Upper Yetna and headed down toward the Skwentna junction. Every time I leave I always look back as soon as I get on step at the big river.

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There were many trees in the river because of some hard rains in the mountains and while taking a break from the wind & current the spruce shown out there went by. I guess it to be about a 40 - 50 foot tree complete with the root system. In the upper river these can submerge in deep undertows and surface right in front of you so one muse remain focused on the water at all times unless parked at shore as I was here.

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A few years back something came up and hit the bottom of my boat while I was headed up the main channel about 20 miles from the cabin. I never saw it but it raised the boat and scared the daylights out of Boss and myself both. I figure it was a waterlogged Cottonwood tree that went back down after waking us up......
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