It’s been busy here ever since the weather got cold again. We had a long spat of warm weather from early January through the second week of February. When I say warm I mean as high as 57* and heavy rains in some areas. This made river travel impossible via snowmachine. Matter of fact we were lucky that the ice didn’t breakup completely given the extent of warm weather. In most areas the ice stayed but there was water up to one foot or deeper running atop of the ice, not good for mid January in the Alaskan Interior at all.

This is just a post to show those who have never seen a freight sled what one looks like. The first couple photos were taken when I joined with 3 other fellows on a trip out to the cabin. The loads of lumber were being delivered to a site where a cabin is being constructed. I was told that they had 3200 pounds of lumber on the sleds.

My sled is the one with 2 barrels of fuel and a large dog on board.

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I stayed out for a week and then came back for more gas, this trip my wife Nancy made the trip back out with me so we could get some work done at the cabin.

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On that run we took 3 more barrels of gas and yes, the great big dog. My dog is a German Shepherd named Boss, he goes everywhere with me and is my chief of security at home and on the rivers. Not much gets past those eyes – ears and nose.

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I’ll be leaving tomorrow with 4 barrels of fuel and will be out for a week or until we finish the interior gables. The cabin is an ongoing process that improves a bit each year. It is however a cabin and not a lodge.  If you send any e-mail about trips I’ll answer soon as I come back home. I’ll be running as much fuel and other supplies as I can up until the ice goes out. It takes a lot of gasoline to run these rivers during the Salmon season and I try to have enough on hand out there so there are no worries. Bush gas can cost as much as 6.85 per gallon if you have to buy it. Transport is part of that cost, the further in you go the more expensive the gasoline gets. Of course hauling your own spares you from paying .30 cents per pound to have it hauled in but you need a dependable snowmachine and freight sled to take your own. I don’t think that a 13,000 dollar machine and a 2000 dollar sled are economical but they help to explain why freight haulers charge .30 per pound for transport………..

Ard

 

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