We received a bit of rain and cooler temperatures this past week which was a blessing!
It allowed us to do some more baking and cook meals inside the RV while still working comfortably outside.
Pete stayed busy with concrete work. He went to our favorite local concrete supplier and picked up 1,800lbs of sand and rock along with 300lbs of cement mix. He set up the square form boards that he made the previous week on top of the 'anthills' (6 total) and filled them with the concrete mix. After those set up, he stacked concrete blocks on top and ran rebar rods straight through. He proceeded to fill those with more concrete. After that set up, he added some mortar on the outside to seamlessly connect the blocks to each other and the pad. The six pillars are now ready for the large wood stringers which will run lengthwise providing support under the floor. After many hours researching, talking with locals and experts in the field, we feel this will be the most strong and supportive base for the cabin. In Alaska we have many factors to take into consideration: earthquakes, extremely rocky and silty soil mixed with clay, winter frosts, water draining properly both below and above ground year round, snow loads, curious wildlife and many more factors. Building codes are also different and seem to be more lenient, which can be both a good and bad thing. It's been interesting designing and building a cabin on the property! We are happy we are getting a hands-on practice before we attempt the house next year.
This week we also decided to take a fun break and go fishing for salmon and blueberry picking. The salmon were biting, but not our line haha! We are still learning the patterns of the salmon. Picking blueberries at Hatcher Pass proved to be more successful. They were in abundance all over the tundra area. Many locals recommended this area for easy blueberry picking with fantastic views. Hatcher Pass is located about an hour from our doorstep so we loved the convenience and had fun exploring a new area. We came home and had some halibut and Oreo pie. It was a great week!
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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