With everything from cabin projects to skiing at an abandoned gold mine, this past month has been a blast!
A couple of weekends later, we went back up to the same area in Hatcher Pass, but to the end of the road. This is where the Independence Gold Mine used to operate in the 1930s and 40s. Many of the old buildings are still standing. As a family, we cross country skied on a trail up and around the buildings, basking in the warm sunshine and the awesome scenery the entire way. It makes me fall in love with my home over and over again. The vastness of Alaska seems endless and here, your limits are only defined by your skill and bravery.
Check out this quick video Pete put together of us skiing at Independence Mine. I think the video only partly captures the incredible surroundings.
We’ve also been using any of the spare time we find lying around to make plans and lists for this summer. It was not the most efficient use of time last summer to begin a project only to spend half a day scratching our heads trying to decide what to do and how. With so many different projects to get done this summer, it will be very handy to have thought through each one at least once and to have a rough list of steps involved and materials needed. This will also help with scheduling the projects – last summer there were a couple things we set aside a couple days for, but ended up spending a couple weeks on. Aside from planning for projects, and designing our house, and maintaining an up-to-date list of adventures to go on, we also hope to begin designing and crafting products for the Wild North Design Co store as soon as our workshop thaws!
We have seen many moose this month. I think they, too, are enjoying the gentle winter. On Valentine’s Day, Marvin, our neighborhood moose, showed us how easily he can walk over our 6 foot tall garden fence. He must have spotted some grass poking through the snow in there, because he just stepped over the fence with his front legs, pushed the wire down with his belly and walked on in. No animals had been in there all winter so I’m sure it was a great meal for him. Although, we are definitely thinking we should beef up the fence a bit more – and maybe make it a couple feet higher! There’s no telling what a hungry moose might do to get at our delicious garden next summer.
That’s about it for this month. Thanks for reading, everyone!
Hello, I am Melissa, owner of Wild North Design. Recently, my husband and I decided to pick up and move to Alaska. This dream has been a couple years in the making and we are enjoying the journey so far. We love to learn and make all kinds of things. From wood craft, to painting, to vehicles, landscaping, building, exploring...we love it all! We are finding out that Alaska is a great fit for our restless minds and bodies! Excited for what the future holds for our expanding family!
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