Archive for June, 2010

Review: Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Bug Spray

Posted by Justin in Supplies & Tools

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?

Posted by Justin in Cabin Tips

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?

Posted by Justin in Wildlife Encounters

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)

Posted by Justin in Building, Each Trip, Full Account, Video Posts

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

Posted by Justin in Video Posts, Wildlife Encounters

June 22 – Unexpected Guests (spruce grouse and chicks)

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My Official Start of Summer – June 18-21, 2010 (Trip 17)

Posted by Justin in Each Trip, Full Account, Video Posts

For months I’ve been talking about spending the summer at the cabin so that I could push the building process along at a much faster rate. And here I am, updating my website from the comfort of my four walls with no roof. How am I updating my site you might ask. Well, a summer-long [...]

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Memorial Weekend, 2010 (Trip 16)

Posted by Justin in Building, Each Trip, Full Account

The cabin as I left it on Memorial Day. Notice the tall window that is now framed and cut out.

What a great weekend at the cabin! The weather was warm and sunny, and the terrain was a bit dry, which made for easy travel. Also, being springtime, when I did come to tough areas I was able to easily spot alternate routes through the low vegetation. It’s amazing how different things look without all [...]

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