Just Stuff

Not much going on today. Finished varnishing our log bed with a third and quick fourth coat. Looks great now! The other thing I accomplished was getting my weather station up, running and posting to the web again. YAY. –> Weather At The Nephler’s

Tomorrow I’ll check out the bed to see if it’s good and dry, if so, piece it together and get it upstairs.

Anyway, just a quick note of what went on today.


Stuff Around The House

Today Jan headed off to work so I dug into our log bed, it was about time I got this done. The day was quite nice again, sunny in the low 50s, but I needed to get working on this bed. I gave it one coat of varnish then ran to the store to pick up some bits and pieces we needed. Came back home to give the bed another good coat. Looking good, should be done with the varnishing tomorrow, one or two more coats should do it.

That’s about it for today, though I did enjoy working on the bed, I really like doing that kind of stuff.

Foot & Head rails

Side support rails

Main support posts

That’s all folks…


More Exploring

So I got up today and started sanding down our log bed that I yet have to finish, Jan started cleaning the house. We both got to a point where we needed a rest, sat down for a bit, then I asked; we should go up to Hatcher Pass to let the dogs run. We got dressed warm, we knew it would be cool up there, and headed out the door with the dogs.

Driving up there were lots of cars heading up and down the pass road, it seemed like every spot to let the dogs run was taken. While driving up we passed a small dirt cutting off to the right called Archangle Rd. We continued up Hatcher Pass rd. to where it ended, for the season anyway, and turned around. There were quite a few people with sleds and skis hiking up a bit further to the snow. Anyway, while heading back down we turned onto Archangle Rd to see where it went.

Well, Archangle Rd is one bumpy ass, potholed road, but wow, was it beautiful. The road passed a couple old gold mining camps and follows the Archangle River. We drove to just about the end and got out. We were at 3400 FT and above the tree line. The area we were at was in a bowl, sort of, and didn’t have any snow, but it was all around us. So we started walking up into the open area with the dogs, man what a wonderful area. The whole area was floored with berries. We walked for a bit then I realized I had forgotten my camera, damn. Walked for a bit more but the sun was starting to go behind the mountains so we desided to head back home. No mater what, we will be back up there come next summer.

Only a few photos today due to me forgetting my camera up there.

Looking down to Matanuska Valley, where we live

The end of Archangle Rd.

Heading back down

Guess that’s it for today
Remember…Do what you love, love what you do


Day Trippin’

Today we finally took the time to do some sight seeing. We had a great day, nice and sunny with highs in the 50’s. Couldn’t be much better. Our first idea was to head up to Hatcher Pass, but I looked online this morning and found that it had been closed as of Friday the 26th (yesterday) due to snow, so, we headed out to the Glen Hwy.

The Glen Hwy. runs through the Matanuska Valley and traces the receding glaciers responsible for this rugged part of Alaska. Some of the peaks reach heights over 12,000 FT as you drive along the Matanuska River. The views were spectacular, in both directions, it would have been way too long a drive to make the circle through Glennallen, Delta Junction, and up to Fairbanks and back. Anyway, along the way they are doing some major road constrution, as in blasting through some mountain sides, so we had some waits along the way. Was well worth it though.

We turned around at Sheep Mountain. This area is part of a volcanic system, where molten minerals surfaced in specific places about 150 million years ago. Right here at Sheep Mountain hydrogen sulfide and hot water mixed with limestone and created Gypsum. This gives the mountain it’s colors.

And on to the photos from today.

Views along the Glen Hwy

Matanuska Glacier

Sheep Mountain

… Up Close

Guess that’s it for now
’till next time

Thanks Eric and Norm 🙂

Getting Oriented

Little over a week has passed sense we arrived in Alaska and time has been flying. Been spending most of our time exploring the town area for shopping and such. No real time for doing the sight seeing thing, hopefully tomorrow we’ll do some of that. I usually don’t have problems know north, south, east and west, but here seems different for some reason, slowly I’m getting my bearings. My home office window faces northerly towards the Talkeetna Mountains, once the leaves fall, I should have a great view.

We’re mostly unpacked and settled in, though a few things remain in the trailer and have to be sorted. I still need to finish our log bed before it gets too cold for the varnish to adhere. I have my weather station up and running, but I do not have it posting to the web yet, something more that needs doing eh.

Speaking of weather, it’s been mostly nice and sunny during the day, but right around 5 PM it seems to cloud up and rain for just a little. Temps have been in the upper 40’s to mid 50’s during the day and the mod 30’s at night.

These are a couple photos I took today of Wasilla Lake facing toward the north and Talkeetna Mountains.

Guess that’s about it for now, ’till next time

Final Leg, Arrival, and First Few Days

It’s been some time since the last post, due to not having internet at our new home yet, so this will be a bit long winded.

The final leg of our ferry trip was quite the adventure. From Juneau to Yakutat was fairly uneventful, mostly an over night trip. Leaving Juneau the fog around the hills was really a pretty sight. We saw a couple glaciers leaving also, took some photos, but they are from quite a distance. The real issues/problems started after leaving Yakutat heading to Whittier across the Gulf of Alaska. The seas started to roll, and I mean roll, 12 to 18 FT seas were really making the ferry rock, bob and roll. We did fine the first evening, was just a bit hard to walk around the ship. The next day and night were the tough ones. Jan and Maddie both got sea sick with Maddie blowing some chunks, both spending the day and night in bed. I did OK. I kept my eyes on the horizon so not to see/feel the rolling so much and also I kept eating so that my belly was full. While walking around the ferry during the day the weather was rainy, but I kept going out on deck for some fresh air. (Although, I did feel kind of crappy the day after we got to the house.) One time out on deck,I saw a water spout, the photo is below but its not that great due to the rolling of the ship. 

Arriving in Whittierwas quite something also. It was about 7:00 AM and the wind was still blowing a gale, the ship even had to take a 2nd attempt at docking. The wind, rain and fog were coming down so hard you couldn’t see squat. They called it gale force fog. The rain and fog were both moving sideways, not just on an angle, but sideways and sometimes even up. There was a waterfall we passed just out of Whittier that, due to the wind, in spot it was going up, not down, was quite the sight. After we got a few miles out of Whittierthe skies started to clear. The trees were/are in full color as you’ll see from some of the photos.

We called our new landlord from Girdwood to say we have arrived. He told us to call him back once we got to Wasilla and he would either meet us at our home or anywhere else. After the wonderful drive to Anchorage then up to Wasilla, we called him back and he lead us to our new home. What a great feeling it was to finally be here. The house is better than what we thought from the photos, which is really great. There are some quarks, but what house doesn’t have em. We have a view of the Talkeetna Mountains out our north windows. Speaking of mountains, when we arrived all but the tallest peaks were green (no snow), but just in the few days we’ve been here just about all the mountains have snow above 2000 FT.

On our third day in the house, after the dogs had been out, I went outside, glanced to my right, took a second look and there they were…Moose laying in our yard. A mom and her 2 yearlings just laying there munching on the grass.Shortly after we let the dogs out in their pen to see what they would do. They really didnt do much at all but stare at the moose wondering what the hell they were. No matter what, it was great to have the moose stop byto say hello and welcome to Alaska.

The weather here has been kind of up and down, some rain, some sun, with the temps in the upper 40s to mid 50s. Mostly rain today though. We havent had time to go sight seeing due to trying to get settled in and learn the area for shopping and such. We do plan on gong up to Hatcher Pass this coming weekend, they are calling for good weather, mostly sunny with temps in the 50s, before the snow gets too deep up there.

On to the photos…

Leaving Juneau

Juneau Ice Field

Mendenhall Glacier just outside of Juneau

Lighthouse heading out from Juneau

The Waterspout

Kayak Island, the first bit of land we saw in a damn long time

Purser Area on our ferry

Hallway on ferry

The sick bags were placed all over the ferry

Seward Hwy just after leaving the ferry in Whittier

At our home and starting to unpack

View from the house the day we arrived

And today, notice the snow

The moose that stopped by

Our view while driving in and out of Wasilla

I think that’s about it for now, need to get out and get some dog food and new tags.

’till next time


We’ve made it to Juneau, AK. Rainy Juneau that is. The ferry trip has been great, lots of very friendly people from all over the US and other countries. We ended up with a great cabin on the starboard (right side) bow with 2 big windows, great views. I have lots of pictures to post and these are just a handfull of what I took.

The following photos are from the first day leaving Bellingham.

First Day on Ferry:

Sitting in line to board the ferry.

Jan made it on sooner than I did. She’s looking out in my direction.

Moon over Bellingham.

Mt. Baker.

Sunsets from the ferry.

Day 2 on Ferry:

Humpback Whales

Random Inside Passage Pics

Narrow Passage.

Moving Home The Alaska Way.

Ocean Tribe Homestead.

Inside Passage Navigation Lights.

Tlingit Village Lodge.

Day 3 on Ferry:

More of The Inside Passage just south of Ketchikan.

Arriving into Ketchikan.

Yes that’s snow, but it was in the mid 50’s

4 Alaska Ferry’s at dock.

No Roads in or out, everything comes this way.

Day 4 on Ferry and Juneau:

Bald Eagles

River in Cope Park Juneau

Fog in Juneau

Waterfall, Juneau

Ahh, Yes, Alaska has Vernors! Life is good! And, it’s in a glass bottle.

That’s it for now. Next post will be from our new home in Wasilla.

Laters from Juneau

Boarding The Ferry

Boarding the ferry today.

Here is our vessel and info about it:

M/V Malaspina

The M/V Malaspina carries 499 passengers, and provides 46 four-berth and 26 two-berth cabins, one of which is wheelchair accessible. The vessel was built in Seattle in 1963 at the Lockheed Shipbuilding yards, then lengthened and renovated in 1972 at the Willamette Iron and Steel Company shipyard in Portland. The Malaspina is now 408 feet long, with capacity for 88 vehicles (20′ lengths), and a service speed of 16.5 knots. Passenger services include a cafeteria, gift shop, cocktail lounge, solarium, and forward observation lounge.

That’s about it for today. I’ll post when I get the chance in a few days.