You guys are so cool!
Thanks for all the positive wishes, overnight it went down to around 22* I think. I need to start the truck before I really know because we don't keep a thermometer here at home. That may sound strange but there is a great difference between the weather here close to the Inlet and that up near Willow. The usual is about a 30 degree difference unless there is a huge front covering all of the Interior.
There's more loose ends to tie up today but by afternoon I'll be talking to folks at the big bend on the Yetna River and hearing the weather there. Tomorrow night we could see -0 temps and that will help to firm up the slush. I've got a new Scandic 600 E Tec Super Wide loaded on the trailer ready to go as soon as things freeze up again.
Out at the lake our neighbors ( half mile away) and Nancy are working to keep their plane from freezing into the overflow on the lake. These folks have big fish to fry because they have a bush plane sitting out there on skis and the lake runway is covered with snow but has water about 15" down below the snow and slush on the surface around the skis where the weight is pressing the water up. They have lived there for 15 years and will figure this out like they have figured other hazards out over the years.
If the weather goes cold there is a chance I can get back by Thursday. I'll need to locate another brave soul who needs to get there as well because this is definitely not a 'travel alone' situation. I've made many a trip alone even hauling heavy loads on fright sleds but this is different. Some of the stories I could tell .......... being sidetracked in a blizzard so heavy that seeing the front bumper of the Yamaha was not possible......... wondering if I should start building an overnight shelter or keep digging the sled out..... Those days were stressful but I never felt a great sense of danger, just an enormous pain where I sit. This business of open water and deep overflows is a different sort of hazard. I have a few contacts to work though in order to find someone who is wanting to try the trip as soon as possible so I'll do that today.
On the bright side, I built doors for the cabinets and have only a days work left to finish the second floor ceiling. The ceiling is sort of the crown jewel of the work there.. The ceiling is a huge expanse of area and I've planked the whole thing with 3.5" knotty pine boards. It looks good. I've started framing an indoor 'Privy room' so that -30 trips to the outhouse won't be in the future also. The last winter project is to build the bridge that will connect the loft out to the 2 big windows in the front gable to create a sitting / reading - writing / Aurora viewing spot indoors. Those windows face west - north west and provide for a view of the night skies from a warm place
Right now there is a temporary structure there but I'll be able to finish it by spring if the weather straightens out. Heck we're even shopping for a real gas stove to haul out before spring. All these years we've been cooking using a three burner camp stove and the stove top on the wood stove. I have figured out how to make many things in the Dutch Oven inside the wood stove (it's a big stove) but having a real gas range would be a huge upgrade. This place is a cabin for sure and we don't want to make it like a house. We just want to be a little more comfortable when there. By putting on a big push this winter getting things squared away it will reduce the need to work these things through next year. It would be nice to be able to just put your feet up and relax for a change. There's still the outside work (I need to re-chink 2 sides of the building this summer.............. but getting the interior done is a priority. It's tough because of the logistics. I would have that privy done but ran out of framing nails and the weather was so bad for the past week and a half that there were no mail planes to Skwentna. No planes means no nails, that's what I mean by logistics. If you find you need something you either fabricate it out of what you have or you wait. Waiting can be hard on the mind
Anyway, if I'm going to go again I'll post to say so and thanks for all the replies here.