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The Winter Lumber Haul (Trip 5)

Posted by Justin in Each Trip, Full Account

Loading lumber and concrete at Spendard Builders Supply

On April 18, 2009 I rented a U-Haul truck and then made my first purchase of lumber from Spenard Builder Supply in Anchorage. That was a great feeling, to look at the stack of raw materials that would soon become my wilderness haven. At that moment, I knew I was on course, and that nothing […]

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Winter Weather Camping & Snowshoe Safari (Trip 4)

Posted by Justin in Each Trip, Full Account

Chris practicing predator calls early in the trip

On fairly short notice, my friend Chris and I decided to do a little winter snowshoeing and camping out on the property. Sure, we really could have gone anywhere, but to what purpose? In heading out to the property, we faced the challenge of navigating a few miles of deep snow and some fairly rugged […]

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Alone in the Snow (Trip 3)

Posted by Justin in Each Trip, Full Account

Winter Morning Moon

Winter had hit, full blast, and the Arctic chill had found it’s way into the southern most areas of Alaska and beyond. Still without my own machinery, a snowmachine, ATV or otherwise, to access the property, I decided to take my new cross-country skis for a spin. As usual, there was plenty to learn from […]

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Exploring ATV Access & Making Camp (Trip 2)

Posted by Justin in Each Trip, Full Account, Site Prep & Surveying

A Polaris 700 Sportsman loaded for an ATV trip to the property and a camp clearing expedition

With an truck, trailer and ATV on loan from my boss, I proceeded to the Trapper Creek Glenn parking lot, unloaded, packed the rig and headed off for the second ever visit to the property, and the first via a capable vehicle loaded with gear for beginning my molding of the to my liking. Since […]

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All the Way (Trip 1)

Posted by Justin in Each Trip, Full Account, Site Prep & Surveying

Small black bear track

On May 26, 2008, Paul Hedtky was back in Anchorage and looking for another ride up to Fairbanks. I didn’t have enough available time to take him all the way there, but did take him as far as the Talkeetna junction where he would then hitch the remainder of the way. My free time was […]

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Half Way There

Posted by Justin in Site Prep & Surveying

On May 22 of 2008, roughly three months after my initial purchase of land at Trapper Creek Glen, I made an attempt to hike out to the property, or at least as far out as I had time for. While returning back to Anchorage after dropping of a few Australian tourists from the hostel at […]

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How I came to own a “lot” of Trapper Creek Glen

Posted by Justin in Purchasing Land

In late February of 2008, it hadn’t been more than a couple of weeks since I first planted my feet in Alaska and called it home. I had driven up from Michigan with a loaded down car and had taken up residence in the Anchorage International Hostel while looking and waiting for permanent work. My […]

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