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Ard 08-28-2012 02:45 PM

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 :D 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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......

brookfieldangler 08-28-2012 02:47 PM

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Can you send me a google maps link....I'm coming to visit :D

Ard 08-28-2012 02:50 PM

Re: Making The Best of The Time That's Left....
You'll need rain gear and a few pairs of work gloves. I'll supply food, lodging, and all tools needed :p


fyshstykr 08-28-2012 02:52 PM

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Ok, now I'm really wishing we could have made the trip up there!:)
We'll do it next time for sure and catch the mail plane from Anchorage into Skwentna and have you pick us up.

Looks like things went well for you out there and some of the chores are winding down. Great looking place.

Seeing that pic of Boss really makes me miss that 'Big Lug'!

madjoni 08-28-2012 03:21 PM

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Originally Posted by fyshstykr (Post 480206)
Ok, now I'm really wishing we could have made the trip up there!:)

Me too:)
And I volunteer to catch fish as many as hungry workers on Ardys lodge wants to eat :D

Ard 08-28-2012 03:51 PM

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I could use someone to do the fishing out there ;)

There are fish there but I don't spend much time after them. it seems that I'll never get the place finished especially if I fish when I should be busy. In the spring I will build another set of stairs on the other end of the front porch and replace the rear entry stair as well. over the winter I hope to finally finish the ceilings and the end gable walls on the second floor. Those 2 things would be a great accomplishment. Talk is easy but when the days are short and you must run a generator to power the work lights everything becomes a huge task. Add to this the deep snow and extreme temperatures work goes slowly.

Hey Fysh,

The pike flies that Diver Dan sent work real well but time is short right now and I'll write about what happened on the blog pages soon. That is: I'll write about fishing with you and Pam as well as the story about the pike fishing.

---------- Post added at 12:51 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:33 PM ----------

Here are 2 more images taken near the confluance of the Upper Yetna and the Skwentna rivers. One looks back up the Yetna and the other toward the Skwentna.

fyshstykr 08-28-2012 03:56 PM

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I figured those flies would work well, look forward to seeing the blog update.
We need to exchange some pics soon.:)

You weren't kidding when you said The Yetna was even bigger than the Susitna. WOW!

fredaevans 08-28-2012 04:16 PM

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Upgrading/maintenance can be a pain, but getting all those materials 'on site' to begin with must have been a Herculean chore.:eek:

caseywise 08-28-2012 09:40 PM

Re: Making The Best of The Time That's Left....
what a place ard!:D
beautiful as i could imagine, but i'm sure a herculean task to maintain and improve.
btw, that stump that boss is next too, is as you said, from a massive tree. sounds like your new stihl will be getting a good workout.:D:D


wt bash 08-28-2012 11:09 PM

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Cabin maintenance.......Beer
Fosters.....Alaskan for Beer

Damn Ard! Your cabin in the bush is nicer than my house on the hill!!!!

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