Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Due to the cold snap and snow storm several weeks back I have been out of commission as you have probably noticed. Until about an hour and a half ago I had been out of electricity and water. I have re-established the power, but there are some issues with water lines under the cabin yet I need to deal with, now that I know where they are. No more sitting around here at night with candles and burning up my wood pile and packing water from the pond out front. Anyways there is lots to tell, there will be some posts begin to show up here in the next day or so.
So stay tuned.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
It sat in the way out in the shop until I finally got it all together here in the last couple days.
I screwed what was left of his toes back on and trimmed around his feet.
I squirted linseed oil in the holes and turned in threaded rods.
Sort of like a foot canal.
All the remaining toes etc were trimmed up and screwed back on with glue. The area was given a liberal coating of linseed oil.
Arc welded up with green power.
Skookie immediately climbed up and perched on his head.
So, 'Bear' stands again. He's got more pins and screws in him than Evil Knievel, and he's not as tall as he used to be, but better than being in the scrap pile. I'm going to wrestle him outside somehow and keep him around here while I enjoy it and do some other detail work on it. Eventually I will turn him loose and he can find his way back down to oversee the hot spring area once more.
All that bending over welding and wrestling the bear has been a little hard on my back.
Theres just one cure for that, a little ice and into the hot tub.
I caught the last of the sun on Fire Mountain.
Monday, January 9, 2012
The airstrip just kind of evolved out there after the clearing, we got the grader going by to come in and make a couple quick passes out front and roughed in a bit less than 500 meters, complete with a good sized hump right at the mid way point. I seeded it all in clover and it grew back within a few seasons, and I've always just mowed it like an extension of the lawn. A long lawn. The short length, crooked approach, and rise in the middle limited landing to small bush type planes and rugged home builts with experienced pilots. I had a wind-sock up in the early years, and it didn't look like much of a strip from the air but in 1995 a Search + Rescue Bison made repeated circuits overhead, I assume having a look and getting a position on it as soon after the front yard began to show up on maps as an emergency strip.My buddy Gil Fanslau and I taken a few years ago with his Piper PA12.
Gil lands on a lot of gravel bars and short places, he was the first to land here in October of '95. On an invite he came up to see and just flew it straight in with no circle around to look first either.
He still comes in once a year on the last nice days of fall.
I recall times early on having 6-8 parked there on the grass.
Cessna 182, probably the "hottest" plane to come in.
Not for the meek of heart, coming or going.
Before landing here he was up at 1000 meters bobbing around on Fire Lake.
On final approach, Hot Spring International.
I've had my share of helicopters over the years as well.
This is the base of choice for any heli activity in the area.
Fire fighters, exploration, RCMP, and medical responders have used it for operations.
A-Star picking up geologists.
Parked planes receive a thorough inspection from Skook n Chuck.