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OD Green ATV utility trailer

Posted by Justin in Supplies & Tools

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)

Posted by Justin in Each Trip, Full Account

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)

Posted by Justin in Building, Each Trip, Full Account

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

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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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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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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Knee High in Spring Thaw (Trip 15)

Posted by Justin in Building, Each Trip, Full Account

Dee crossing a second branch of the ice cold Trapper Creek

Dee and I planned to hike out to the property on May 1, 2010. It would allow for one last excursion together before she left for the summer, and serve to get moving on my upstairs walls. We weren’t sure what to expect, whether or not there would be much snow, whether or not we [...]

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Race Against the Sun (Trip 14)

Posted by Justin in Building, Each Trip, Full Account

The bottle opener from Belize works great!

On March 27-28 I was on a mission. First, the snow was melting fast under the growing daylight hours and warmth, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to return to the property until spring unless I hiked in. Second, I couldn’t stand the thought of that wall that had been pushed out by the [...]

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Sunny Dee (Trip 13)

Posted by Justin in Each Trip, Full Account

Dee

The day after Scott and I hauled windows out, it was another beautifully sunny day. I still had George’s old snowmachine, and knew quite well that a trip out to the cabin would be a breeze. I was also interested to show Dee how fast we could get out there in the winter, and thought [...]

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