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Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 5 Jan 2019 12:37
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Hello Badger. Great to hear you were able to get some Alaskan dirt. That’s some pretty wild country. Great summers that can reach 90 and winters that can go minus 50 and minus 40 for weeks is common. But absolutely beautiful and I can understand why a few tough Alaskan folks have carved out homestead.
You will surely enjoy it !
Thank You fifty fifty. I enjoy reading this forum. I always learn something. I feel that I should also try to give back where and how I can. Building this cabin has really taught me a lot. In a lot of different ways. I always think back how blessed I am. I have the best partner in the world. My beautiful wife. Who was is always there .
I have lots of what I think were pretty cool moments, kind of really scary moments, what seems like too many of those things that I call life’s lessons, and figuring out how to build a better mousetrap.
If folks would like to hear more please let me know and I will try. One of my new year pledges is to try to participate more on these forums. Also seems like more of those life lessons things as I get older and sitting on the couch is funner.
Right now I’m trying to figure out the best way to put atv tires on a couple snow gos we have. A 73 Evinrude and 96 Polaris indy long track. And going over a 83 Honda 185 , 3 wheeler I picked up a couple years ago, cheap. Got it running great but going to put a new carburetor on it anyway. There only 23$ .
Like a new heart for the ol rig.
Was going out to the cabin but when I got up yesterday morning at 5:30 it was -5 . By ten it was ten below. Got to-17 and supposed to stay cold a few days. Bummer for me for sure! Trying to make it up by working on cabin projects. Will post some pictures later.
One more thing if I may. As an avid hunter, fisher , trapper , bad photographer , antler hunter , learning about all the flora and fanna and how to use it and many other outdoors kind of stuff please remember. Take one . Make one. Taking a kid, wife friend out with you. Introducing them to all the things that you enjoy.
Thank You.

BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 5 Jan 2019 19:13
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Here is the only photo of the cabin. Its vertical logs. Obviously, it needs some cosmetic help. But, the roof and foundation are supposedly solid.
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BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 9 Jan 2019 04:52
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I just got the initial title report for my new AK land purchase. A nice little surprise, it comes with state certified water rights from the creek. Of course, its probably frozen solid right now (its been -53 degrees in Tok this last week)!!!

NorthRick
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# Posted: 9 Jan 2019 15:21 - Edited by: NorthRick
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Quoting: BadgersHollow
Well, I'm finally on my way to getting a root into Alaska now too. I am under contract on 5 acre 35 miles north of Tok. It's just past the Robertson River. It's got a good clearing and in the black spruce and birch forest. There is a vertical log cabin that's not pretty but looks solid. Wood stove, propane cook stove and propane lights. Outhouse. On a little creek. Vehicle access, about .5 miles off highway 2. I'm paying 14k. Don't think that is too bad of a deal. I'll post photos as I get them. I'll only be a summer vacationer there to start. But, I get 6 weeks off a year so will horde all my time for AK.


Congratulations and welcome to the great state of Alaska! You might want to remain a summer vacationer, however. It's 38 below in Tok right now. That's cold! Supposed to get up to a high of -34.

Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 13 Jan 2019 22:06
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Great Badger. Your probably going to want a good 4 wheeler there to help with the work.
Rick have the earthquakes affected your cabin ? I had some stuff fall off the shelves but nothing major. I suspect that the trails will have a few trees that may need to get cut . Especially if they were full of the frozen rain we got prior. I know getting to my cabin the last time I had a ton of brush that had ice rain on it and was all sagging down. Got a good workout that day cutting trail in snow up to my butt.
OGlad I have a wide track snow go.
I really wanted to get out and trap some problem beavers and try for some lynx and wolves but then we got this minus 25 degree stuff . Just too dangerous to go out for fun. I’m trying to figure out the best way to put atv tires on the front of a 1973 evinrude snow go I got. It has a real long 22” wide track and reverse. Also a bogie wheel suspension. Should go great over the tundra in the summer time . I need to fly out then, then another couple miles . I have a 4 wheeler there but I think this will work also. Always try to be conscientious towards the environment.

bushbunkie
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# Posted: 6 Feb 2019 21:18
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Lovin your place, Aklogcabin. Responded back to your comment on my thread....this is more of what my original vision was of a cabin and you nailed it ...alas, in my neck of the woods you follow the rules or say goodbye to the dream...and that was not going to happen. Kep postin on your adventures...great read...reminds of my time spent in Yellowknife NWT.

Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 12 Mar 2019 12:02
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I just went back and reread my thread and realized that I promised to share some of the adventures that happened along the way of building our cabin.
We were finally getting to head out to the cabin. It was a couple years ago. Probably headed out for the start of moose hunting season. My beautiful wife and me. We chartered a flight with a pilot that we had not used before. Remember in the non frozen months we have to charter a bush plane on floats to fly us out to a remote lake with no cabins on it . Then we have to walk almost 2 more miles to get to the cabin .
When we scheduled this pilot he asked for the coordinates. I went to maps and sent him those numbers. First mistake, I took a short cut . Instead of getting out my paperwork for our deed I just used maps numbers. We scheduled on short notice so we were the last flight of the day squeezed in. Left about two n half hours before sunset. I new it was close. We took off and saw small squalls all around. Small weather storms with heavy rain. Generally avoided.
Well the coordinates from maps was off a few miles. We flew around a bit until the pilot did not feel safe just flying around and landed on a lake he knew. We took our best last try before he had to turn back. Yes , I spotted the lake we use. Landed, unloaded and watched our last communication with anyone take off.
That is still a moment that sets all of my senses at a higher level. Others who have done this know what this feels like. To me it is invigorating. My beautiful wife had to have foot surgery and could not walk much without lots of pain so I head out to the cabin t to get the 4 wheeler. Make it to cabin. This really feels great !!!!! The wheeler is stored in a shed to tr to to keep the bears from eating it. Head to get beautiful wife. We get back to the start of the trail into the woods from the tioga and head into the woods. Well everything is overgrown. Like 4-5 feet high devils club and 15 foot alders. We went the wrong way. Drove around got stuck, mad, frustrated then get over it. Been here before, many times.
It is so dark that just literally you could not see your hand in front of your face. Raining.
Then my beautiful wife says she can not take another step because of the extreme pain in her feet. We had only her light on her phone, at 15% . She said we needed to crawl under a spruce tree next to us. We sat down and i instantly fell asleep. My beautiful wife recognized that I had hypothermia. She woke me . We got ourselves together and started out. I knew the wind usually comes from the north, there. There was a slight breeze so we headed north and hit the trail that I had made when i headed out earlier aft a only about 25 feet. Took a left and made it to the cabin about 11:30 at night. 2 n half hours after dark. Really dark.
I was way to sure of myself and let hypothermia get me and I had no clue. I really really love my beautiful wife in sooooo many ways.
Beautiful fire
Beautiful fire
No place like cabin
No place like cabin
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Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 20 Mar 2019 11:16
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Hello all. In the prior post I was referring to a time when I almost fell into the trap of hypothermia. I got way too confident in my surroundings.
When I first made it to the cabin I had just unloaded a float plane full of supplies. Walked 1.8 miles to the cabin while my beautiful wife was at the lake. She had just had foot surgery. When I get to our cabin for the first time on every trip I take I just have to sit back and marvel at how we pulled this off. Thank You Lord ! And my beautiful wife. Ok back to the story. I take the plywood off the front of the wheeler shed and crawl in . The machine just barely turns over. I am always tight on material so this shed is only 4’ tall. Trying to pull start in there would be hard. Trying to push it over the wafers made from the utility poles that are 8” tall not so easy. I wrestle it half way out and think let’s give it one last try . Even though I know the battery is dead . She goes urr rooooom !!!!! I really like Suzuki.
I pull around front and take all my gear off. I’m just going down to the lake to get beautiful wife and whatever else I can tie on . I head to the lake and beautiful wife had decided to help as much as she could and had walked about three quarters of a mile carrying my rifle. Love her. We get to the trail head where we turn into the woods and the everything is 4’ to 20’ tall . We get through the really heavy outer rim of brush and into the only 4’ to 8’ easy stuff. It was just starting to get dark because of all the prior carma stuff. I am notorious at going in the wrong direction. I carry 2 compasses and a gps that I figure I will have time to figure out how to use when I get lost. And still disagree with the darn things. Who thought that putting the floresant stuff on the south pointer sure had a sense of humor on a rig you use to point north. As usual I follow my beautiful wife’s directions, ev'en though I was right this time. Doesn’t really matter except now I know that my one in a lifetime issue where I am right and she was wrong is finally over with. Actually she was only wrong by about 45 degrees to the southwest . Anyhow we somehow managed to go every where we shouldn’t and finally got high centered on a stump. By now it was totally dark anyhow and the headlights were worthless . Reflecting the light right back at me because the everything was so tall. We started walking.
I am going back to this story for a reason. I got so over confident in my abilities that I didn’t even realize until after the fact of course that I was falling into this grips of hypothermia. I carry more than enough emergency gear on all my machines. Fire starters especially. Yet did not realize it at the time. Not even when my beautiful wife said she could not take another step because her feet hurt so badly and wanted to crawl under a spruce tree to get out of the rain . I remember snuggling up next to her and thinking that I was as warm as sleeping on our couch at home. It was about 40-45 degrees actually. I started to snore shortly after I snuggled in. My beautiful wife recognized this was off behavior and woke me and made me get to my feet and move around. Wow , Thank You Lord ! I was totally out of caricature with not using the emergency stuff on the wheeler. Including rain ponchos .
When my head cleared in remembered that the wind usually comes from the north there. And we headed into the slight breese. We went a short distance and found the trail I broke when I headed out. We only had her phone light . We made it to the cabin. 11:30 that night .
Hypothermia almost took me out in my own back yard. Please always be aware .
Now back to watching the sun come up over the Pacific Ocean and have a cup of coffee before work. Have a great day everyone !
Local tv
Local tv
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Easter 18
Fall of 18
Fall of 18
My summer freight sled
My summer freight sled


Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 5 Apr 2019 10:53 - Edited by: Aklogcabin
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Hello all. Been a great winter. I wanted to get out to the cabin in a bad way but Mother Nature gave us a beautiful record warm spring and the snow is gone. Critical snow bridges collapse. Was disappointed about not being able to freight some more stuff out but oh well. Now I will have to disassemble a Honda 3 Wheeler so I can get it into a bush plane this summer.
Should give me a chance to go through it real good. Also planning on some new projects. My current swamp buggy has a 4 speed and no power steering so I’m going to use a 84 f 250 for a base this time. I will do similar to this rig. Pull body n box , lay down sheet of aww plywood and seat. Along with a few other projects. Will post as I go.
Seems like I spent a lot of my free time thinking and planning ways to improve our cabin life.
Also interesting how much everything has a value when its at the cabin. Everything that got there took an effort. And just what would be a simple fix ain’t.
Mostly I miss just being outdoors. Can’t quit thinking about going out moose antler hunting with my 2 year old grandson this spring . And his very own first dog. A beautiful chessy . Just like his momma had when she was growing up. I have found the Chesapeake to be a great family dog that fits our lifestyle. Having our little part of the world where we can get to and be in such awe where it is hard to come up with a word that describes it. The cabin life is good life!
Hope you all have a great day.

Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 5 Apr 2019 10:56
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Whoops was going to add some pictures of some of my toys .
Buggy
Buggy
Side view
Side view
Snow trac n trailer
Snow trac n trailer
Full snogo shed
Full snogo shed


BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 18 Apr 2019 04:16
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I made it up to my new little piece of land west of Tok, AK a couple weeks ago. The mountains around it are impressive. I have to do a little clearing of the black spruce forest to get a more expansive view from my cabin site. The shanty is kind of weird with the vertical logs and insulation just rammed in the cracks. It is solid, but not pretty. I may tear it down or just use it as an accessory work space. I'll build a small stick built cabin beside it.
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Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 18 Apr 2019 11:15
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Nice. And yes those are some of the best mountain views anywhere. That cabin may have been a homestead cabin. The state would grant you up to 40 acres. And more in earlier years. If you built a cabin and lived in it for one year. You got title to it. So it may have been only a temporary structure from start. Now you can continue on . Or a hunting cabin.
That is still some pretty rugged land. The folks who live there year around are mostly good people. And the wildlife taste great.

Aklogcabin
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# Posted: 7 Oct 2019 12:41
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Hello all. Life has been good. Haven’t been able to get to cabin as much as I would have liked. But I suspect I won’t get much sympathy from this group.
I did get my 1983 Honda 185s, 3 wheeler totally disassembled. Put new bearings n seals in the rear end. Cleaned up the brakes. All nuts n bolts were wire wheeled. And all threads chased. Then all metal spray painted with Rustolium rust killer, primer. Then rustolium flat black. Engine n exhaust got rustolium bbq grill flat black.
My beautiful wife painted a camo on the tank, fenders, headlight, wheels n chain covers.
I was able to score some free tires on wheels. They came on a Kawasaki 3 wheeler that was given to me by the guy that my beautiful wife found who was selling a Suzuki king quad. For 600 bucks. Guy took my first offer of 500 bucks. And threw in the 3 wheeler. The rear wheels n tires r now a lot bigger. And they were brand new never used. I dismounted them cleaned n rustproofed paint.
Then had pack it so I could get it on a Cessna 185. This was a fun project n another bucket list item done. Almost.
That was the in between times from cabin. Now the cabin part. There’s kind of a reason I’m mentioning another ride.
So finally the day comes when I can finally get back to our cabin! Our beautiful daughter came out to hang with me for a few days. She had never been to our cabin in the summer. And she has yet to harvest her first moose.
I fly out first so that I can help the pilot figure out the best way to get the plane in. The beavers that have had the dam at the end of the lake dammed up , with a 200’ long dam. Had fallen victim to the local wolves I suspect. And I broke a hole in the dam last year. Allowing the lake level to drop a couple feet. Back to where it was pre dam levels. And we had
record dry this summer. The pilot flies me over the cabin before we land so I can check it out. All looks well. We unload n off he goes for daughter.
She gets her first bush plane ride. With the rest of our gear. The trip out is great for both of us! Beautiful clear Alaskan day. We hike it to the cabin with our rifles n survival gear. Cabin looks great.
Gotta go. Will finish up later.

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