Our chronicles as we create our off-grid homestead in Interior Alaska -- from escaping the rat race and big city, to extreme cold weather subsistence/self-sufficient living just outside the Arctic Circle.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Houston, We Have Touch Down
We started the last section of trail clearing at the may pole today. Here's me trudging through with my little Shindaiwa, wearing my ultra-sexy do-rag and work jeans that are about 2 sizes too big :) That mangey critter in front of me is Ripley, who is currently blowing her winter coat and looking very scruffy.
But, miracles of all miracles, we did make it to the center marker. The driveway trail is now officially complete. Tomorrow we'll drive the truck down it to see if we need to widen any tight spots, but other than eventually laying in gravel, we're done with the trail. Good thing too, cuz I've got blisters on calluses on blisters and my back hasn't worked right for days. Well, we still have to slear the building site after we finish up the surveying. But that shouldn't take but a couple days since we plan to have a huge bonfire to celebrate which sure makes clearing brush piles a LOT easier! :-D
Ahhhh, looking back at a job well done!! OK - so the trail is a little winding because I never could manage to get a straight line even with the compass, GPS and marking paint; but it's kinda nice not to be able to look straight on down and see the cabin from the main trail/road. A little bit of privacy, courtesy of a few gentle bends in the path, is a good thing in my opinion.
Whew! I'm still can't believe that we're finally done with this project. It was really beginning to feel like it would last forever. HaHa- the "trail with no end" has now met its end!