For Sale

Well, we really are going to sell our cargo trailer, the one that brought our home to Alaska. It’s in great condition, with only about 2,600 miles and 2 never used spare tires. We’re asking $7,500 for it, which is under what others around here are asking for simular trailers. We just don’t see a use for it now, and the extra money is always handy.
Here’s the ad on Craigslist:
2008 Continental Cargo Tailwind, 20×8 Cargo Trailer

Looks like the day is starting out great, nice sunny skies and temps should be in the 20’s this afternoon. It’s 7.5?F as I type this.
Soon as we can get our butts in gear, we’ll get out and enjoy this great day.

Here’s a photo shot out my office window this morning.

‘Till later
Ed

Just More Daily Stuff

Spent some of today splitting wood, though much easier to split than the wood from Michigan (Alaska’s hardwood is Birch), it was still a bit tough for the first time of the year.

Took a couple photos from the yard showing the mountains out back and where the sun is at “high noon” this time of year. If you were to stand facing west and hold your watch so that 12 is west, the sun is about at 10. Fairly low in the sky. The photo I took was right into the sun, and you can just see the height it’s at.

We had a window replaced on the house today, it was cracked when we moved in and the landlord had it replaced. The guy that came to replace the window was from Detroit. Said he came here for a 2 week vacation, that was 16 years ago. He never went back from vacation.

The weather man is calling for snow again tonight and tomorrow… Snow Report from ADN
Quite an early start of winter, even for here. People are rushing to get thier studded tires on due to the early start.

I’m also about to start my next big project, refinishing an armoire that was my grand fathers. My mom had stained it red many years ago and I want to get it back to, or at least close, to original.

This is in the same spot as some of the other’s I have taken from home.

That’s if for now, need to start a fire.

Laters
Ed

Morning Snow

Started snow again this morning, all is turning white. This is one of the earliest snow falls on record.

Alaska DOT have a great website to check on the road conditions before you head out. Click on the blue diamonds to go to that area of the road, webcams are there to.
Area Road Conditions

Looking out my office window this morning.

Thanks all this morning

Laters
Ed

Going-to-the-Sun Road

OK, we had a great ride today traveling the "Going-to-the-Sun Road". All I can really say is if you ever have the chance to drive this, DO IT.

The following is from Wikipedia:
"Going-to-the-Sun Road is the main parkway through the heart of Glacier National Park in Montana, USA. It was completed in 1932, and it is the only road that crosses the park, going over the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. A fleet of 1930s red tour buses "jammers", rebuilt in 2001 to run on propane or gas, offer tours on the road. The road, a National Historic Landmark and a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, spans 53 miles (85 km) across the width of the park.

The road is one of the most difficult roads in North America to snowplow in the spring. Up to 80 feet (25 m) of snow can lie on top of Logan Pass, and more just east of the pass where the deepest snowfield has long been referred to as Big Drift. The road takes about ten weeks to plow, even with equipment that can move 4000 tons of snow in an hour. The snowplow crew can clear as little as 500 feet (150 m) of the road per day. On the east side of the continental divide, there are few guardrails due to heavy snows and the resultant late winter avalanches that have repeatedly destroyed every protective barrier ever constructed. The road is generally open from early June to mid October.

The two lane Going-to-the-Sun Road is quite narrow and winding, especially west of Logan Pass. Consequently, vehicle lengths over the highest portions of the roadway are limited to 21 feet and that means no recreational vehicles or trailers in excess of this length restriction are permitted beyond two larger parking areas, each located at lower points dozens of miles below Logan Pass, on both the west and east sides of the parkway."

Anyway, lots ‘n lots of pics to show, so here we go…
Again, just a reminder, Click the Pic to get the larger Image.

One of the pull-offs along the road.

The "ring" around the mountain you see is the road.

There is no going around this spot, must go through.

I think Eli might be a bit dizzy from the drive

Jan and Maddie

Columbian Ground Squirrel

Looking down a few hundred feet.

And last but not least, we say this bear on the hill side along the road.

Yikes, that’s it for now.
Laters
Ed

Anchorage Bound

We’re headin’ up for a weekend 🙂
May 1st – May 4 is all, but it will give us a chance to look around a bit. We arrive in Anchorage at about 2:25pm Thursday and leave Anchorage at 4:30pm Sunday. This gives us 2 full days and most of a third. We’re staying at The Hotel Alyeska. The hotel is about 45 minutes to the south of Anchorage in Girdwood. The plan is to head north into the Mat-Su Valley the first day to check out Palmer and Wasila. Hopefully we’ll have time to drive up into Hatchers Pass to. The second day we’ll drive south toward the town of Kenai around Turnagain Arm thru the Kenai Mountains. Our last day, up till time of flight, we’ll spend in downtown Anchorage.

The City of Anchorage

Indecision, Decision

Well, with much thinking, searching and discussion between Jan and myself, we’ve come to a decision. We WILL be moving to Alaska! Let me backup a bit to explain. In the past couple weeks we have been thinking that it may be too hard to get across the border of Canada with Maddie’s immigration issues and my past DUI’s. We’ve looked again at Montana, Oregon, North Idaho and Washington. None of them can compete with Alaska. The other issue is that Jan wants to get in some more training here before the move so that she is better qualified. This training will take a bit more time, a month or two, to complete. This month or two will also allow myself to sure up a good drivers licence and to get Maddie’s issues more in order.

I still hope and plan to make the move this year, before winter. It just may, and most likely not, happen by July 10th, our planned move date. September would be wonderful with all the autumn colors for the drive north and we would still beat the snow.

On a really good note, we are looking at taking a trip to Anchorage in May. Just for a few days, but it will give us a chance to take a quick look around Anchorage and the Mat-Su. We’re thinking, and most likely will, of staying at The Hotel Alyeska. This is in Girdwood, about 45 minutes from Anchorage and on the Turnagain Arm.


This is a view of Girdwood.

… You May Live In Alaska

Forget Rednecks, here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about Alaskans:

If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don’t work there, you may live in Alaska.

If you’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you may live in Alaska.

If you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you may live in Alaska.

If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Alaska.

If you know several people who have hit a moose more than once, you may live in Alaska.

If you have switched from ‘heat’ to ‘A/C’ in the same day and back again, you may live in Alaska.

If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you may live in Alaska.

If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you may live in Alaska.

If you carry jumpers in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you may live in Alaska.

If you design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you may live in Alaska.

If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph — you’re going 80 and everybody is passing you, you may live in Alaska.

If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you may live in Alaska.

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you may live in Alaska.

If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car, you may live in Alaska.

If you find 10 degrees ‘a little chilly’, you may live in Alaska.