Moving to Alaska

Moving to Alaska

(Moving to Alaska was originally written in cooperation with World Wide Movers, Inc. of Anchorage, Alaska.) Moving to Alaska is exciting, and requires some unique planning. Moving to Alaska: Photo by Justin Matley   We love hearing the excitement in the voices of customers moving to Alaska. For some it’s the first time they’ll ever [...]

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Matanuska Peak 360

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OD Green ATV utility trailer

DLOR-46 ATV Utility Trailer

I simply can’t keep borrowing utility trailers (thanks Mike Berg and Gary ?) or renting them. They aren’t always available which holds up progress, and I’m risking breaking other people’s equipment. As for the rental, that money is better spent on the cabin itself. During the course of a couple of weeks — an hour [...]

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The siding blitz – April 13-15, 2012 (Trip 35)

There would be no more snowfall, and the hours of sunlight was growing rapidly each day. The solid base of snow I was counting on to make an end-of-season haul of siding and windows to the cabin was on the verge of vanishing. Time was running out. During the week prior to heading to the [...]

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Deep Freeze – January 15-18, 2011 (Trip 25)

The roof is roughly 75% complete!

This trip was unlike all others to date. I started off for Trapper Creek around 10 a.m., Saturday morning, after inflating all the truck tires. In Trapper my first order of business was to pick up items that were still stored on a friend’s property. The items consisted of a one-place trailer that would make [...]

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Review: Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Bug Spray

Repel Lemon Eucalyptus bug repellent

In the fall of 2009, while browsing the sporting goods section at an Anchorage based Fred Meyer store, REPEL’s Lemon Eucalyptus insect repellent jumped out at me. Having used more than my fair share of DEET in the past, and aware of it’s ill effects, I have long been interested to find an alternative chemical [...]

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Two Ladder or not Two Ladder?

20' Extension Ladder, perfect for a 1.5 story cabin

The cabin building tip of the day is… Two ladders are better than one. Nothing wastes time quite like moving a twenty-foot extension ladder all over God’s your creation. I haven’t taken the time to build stairs into the cabin for two reasons. First, I don’t have a door or windows, so why make it [...]

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If a bear chases a moose in the woods, does it make a sound?

In the late afternoon, after doing a bit of web design and then building for most the day, I went for a walk. It was sunny and warm as I made my way to a nearby pond in the middle of a meadow to get cleaned up. I was already without shirt, and I left [...]

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On a roll! – June 21-23, 2010 (Trip 17.1)

Cabin Foundation Cross-members

My first order of business, before moving up towards the roof and other VERY important aspects of any dwelling, was to reinforce the foundation. I must admit, bracing my underlying posts is something I should have done prior to working on my first floor, let alone the first floor walls, second floor walls, second floor, [...]

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Unexpected Guests – June 22, 2010

June 22 – Unexpected Guests (spruce grouse and chicks)

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