Post by betsy99669 on Sept 22, 2010 13:10:39 GMT -5
Just went "winter" camping" last weekend-in my own driveway!! HaHa.
We got our dinette slats made and were so excited about the "new" bed, we wanted to give it a try. Soooo we had our campfire, roasted marshmellows and got out our sleeping bags.
I fixed hot chocolate and then it was time to go to bed. The temp had already dropped to the 30's, so I got out out my winter hat and mittens and put extra blankets inside our sleeping bags.
It was a long and cold night-still don't have a heater. I couldn't wait until morning to make coffe and hot chocolate. I baked cinnamon buns in the oven too. The temp lingered in the mid 30's. We could see our breath but no snow or ice yet.
If you asked me if I would do it all again, I would have to answer: Absolutely!!! This coming weekend, my daughter is having friends over to repeat the adventure (she had so much fun)....I just might stay in the cabin, however.
Post by safetybruce on Jan 22, 2011 1:24:39 GMT -5
Alaska is a world of it's own...I can remember when the silvers were running parallel to the shore in the Port of Valdez, the roadside at the point, just before the entrance to the Valdez Marine Terminal would be lined with motorhomes and campers, some vintage...campers were catching their daily limits of silvers, smoking and canning them and at the end of the run rolling back down the road with a major supply of smoked salmon that I am sure was the envy of all their friends in the Lower 48!
Post by Gone Kayaking on Jan 22, 2011 11:39:26 GMT -5
Have spent several summers Alaska ranging between the Kenai, Anchorage, up to Denali and then down the Wrangel St Elias and down to Cordova. All tent camping and back packing. Would love to get up there with the trailer one of these days, what a road trip that would be. My grandparents did it towing an airstream back in the early 60's! They had the life.
1956 Shasta 1500
Can't wait to go campin'
Post by betsy99669 on Jan 23, 2011 21:05:55 GMT -5
Just had a HUGE moose on my porch yesterday!! It was coming to eat from the hay skirting my cabin.
It's been -23 with a high of -9 lately. We've been hunkering down in our cabin with good books, coffee and hot chocolate. I don't have to worry about our pipes freezing since we have no indoor plumbing. The down side is the run to the outhouse is a mighty coooold adventure. I gues you can say, we live very close to nature all the time.
Post by safetybruce on Jan 23, 2011 21:59:36 GMT -5
betsy...be careful as you know around that Moose...remember when that older man (not to imply you are older) was walking from one classroom to the next at the University of Anchorage, and that Moose was between the buildings and got spooked, and I think trampled him to death...it always amazed me that they would stand parallel to the road when you are approaching them and then sometims at the last minute spin around and dart directly in front of your car to the opposite side of the road...they are amazing creatures close -up though aren't they...don't think too many of us check before we go to bed to make sure our sheepskin lined boots are handy, in case we need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night...I'd keep mine handy and some quilted carharts, just in case I woke up looked out and saw the Northern Lights dancing...no matter what time, out came the lounge chair and I would enjoy the sights for a bit...
Lots of moose by the road as the winter goes on due to deep snow. A couple was killed the other day as they hit a moose with their small car. It came through the windshield, wasn't dead right away and kicked them to death in the confines of their own car. I drive a 4WD pickup for ice,snow and moose safety.
Yesterday, there was a moose just walking on the sidewalk in town. They look harmless but deliver lethal kicks.
With the dog mushers gearing up for the Iditarod dogsled race, there is bound to be dog team vs moose. Usually the dogs are on the loosing end. It's not pretty when a moose gets in the middle of a dog team. The musher is pretty much helpless. Last weekend, they had the Tustamena 200 (200 mile dog sled race to qualify for the Iditarod-the 1,000 mile race). No major problems, but the musher camps out in the wilderness several nights always on the lookout for moose.
Northern Lights have been quiet this winter.
Thanks for your concern, Bruce. You seem to know the challenges we often face up here, as well as the benefits. When are you moving back to Alaska?