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At the train station waiting for next run to the airport, carrying two 5 gallon buckets of tractor parts and a duffle bag with a hydraulic cylinder. And a small duffle of clothes.

 

going home Alaska style

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Made it.  Home at last.  Ended up running in to a fried in Seattle, and a snow storm.  They were canceling some other flights, de-icing and moving gates.  We were scheduled to land in fairbanks at 11:59, we took off at 12:20.  

 

At at least it was our last leg, we landed and there were people flying south that you just knew were going to miss connections 

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Me and Nate sat in the top car on the ride to the airport, 

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was a nice ride, very empty on Super Bowl Sunday, got to see a little bit of farm land, 

 

then today day we saw the red polls are back

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that seems to be a better sign that Spring is coming than any ground hog.  I always throw out some seed for them, they sure come for it

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  • 2 weeks later...

My wife brought home two rescue kittens last week, boy are they something. A set of litter mates that are just 8 weeks old.   They are great fun to watch, and are they into everything 

 

 

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Working on a shed for the lower lot.  Place to keep tools and supplies. 

 

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been going pretty hard at it.  But now it's dry and stalled and the wife will do some putzing around inside.  

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We got 10 inches of snow this week, and they claim more tonight, so I took some time to push out the other yard and the in laws place since it warmed up over 30 today?

460 started iceing up the carb and getting weird, added Heet and it ran well the rest of the day.

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Broke the precleaner so I need to order one of those this week, Devons?

 

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And filled up at the station, 25 gallons 

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Just finished up at the house and it started snowing.  Maybe I get to repeat tomorrow 

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29 minutes ago, AKwelder said:

We got 10 inches of snow this week, and they claim more tonight, so I took some time to push out the other yard and the in laws place since it warmed up over 30 today?

It probably sounds crazy, but send some of the snow down this way! We can use it (for sledding of coarse) lol. 

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Funny how it goes when you warm up we get cold when we warm up here temp wise you get cold there. Must be some relation in the jet stream somehow. Talking lows of -25 C and highs of around -10C which is perfect for me right now. Trying to finish up logging and it's been a little miserable with the warm weather we've had. Limbs will not break off and I've been skidding trees in mud. Actually quit for a week as it was getting a little ridiculous. You been out on the sleds at all? Snow's virtually gone at the farm here. Little further north there's rideable snow yet though. Hopping to get a few more rides in yet this winter.

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36 minutes ago, db1486 said:

It probably sounds crazy, but send some of the snow down this way! We can use it (for sledding of coarse) lol. 

Heck, just a few hours southeast there isn't enough snow, let's hope you get some, 

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33 minutes ago, poor farmer/logger said:

Funny how it goes when you warm up we get cold when we warm up here temp wise you get cold there. Must be some relation in the jet stream somehow. Talking lows of -25 C and highs of around -10C which is perfect for me right now. Trying to finish up logging and it's been a little miserable with the warm weather we've had. Limbs will not break off and I've been skidding trees in mud. Actually quit for a week as it was getting a little ridiculous. You been out on the sleds at all? Snow's virtually gone at the farm here. Little further north there's rideable snow yet though. Hopping to get a few more rides in yet this winter.

Weird how that works, and we are suppose to be a high of 15*F below zero Tuesday, fresh snow and then deep cold is so much fun

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Usually turns cold here after a snow. Makes snow removal more interesting in a open cab anything lol.. We snowplow with the skid steer and there's no door on it so we get well acquainted with the elements there too. I'm happy with temps around 0F though. Lesat for a few weeks anyways. wouldn't mind a little more snow once we're done logging so I can go play again. Sure don't want a foot right now though. Have about 70 big white spruce trees on the ground and it's no fun digging them out of the snow.

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Just let the dogs out and there is 4 inches and it's coming down pretty good.  

 

Pheww sigh

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3 hours ago, poor farmer/logger said:

Usually turns cold here after a snow. Makes snow removal more interesting in a open cab anything lol.. We snowplow with the skid steer and there's no door on it so we get well acquainted with the elements there too. I'm happy with temps around 0F though. Lesat for a few weeks anyways. wouldn't mind a little more snow once we're done logging so I can go play again. Sure don't want a foot right now though. Have about 70 big white spruce trees on the ground and it's no fun digging them out of the snow.

Mud and logging, your a better man than me.  Those spruce are nice wood around here, when you can get them, hope it goes well

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10 hours ago, AKwelder said:

Heck, just a few hours southeast there isn't enough snow, let's hope you get some, 

Sound like it's just as spotty where you are as it is here too. We still got snow but no more than a foot now. 2 weeks ago we had about 2-3 in the fields. 15 miles south doesn't have much and 45 miles north, across the "mountain" there's nothing. Guys could be out picking stones in the fields there. We usually don't get this kind of melt though till end of march so it was really early. But I keep thinking were going to get alot more snow.

Is that a couple summit's on the trailer a few pics back?

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10 hours ago, poor farmer/logger said:

Usually turns cold here after a snow. Makes snow removal more interesting in a open cab anything lol.. We snowplow with the skid steer and there's no door on it so we get well acquainted with the elements there too. I'm happy with temps around 0F though. Lesat for a few weeks anyways. wouldn't mind a little more snow once we're done logging so I can go play again. Sure don't want a foot right now though. Have about 70 big white spruce trees on the ground and it's no fun digging them out of the snow.

We're in the same boat here. Wanted to start logging but there wasn't enough snow and the ground wasn't froze early in the year. It actually still isn't froze much in the bush. Got some skidded but ground was getting muddy for the last 3 weeks. Hopefully this week we can get at it. Gotta get the mill running already.

I think you need a cab kit on your skid steer lol. Worth every penny with our winters.

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Woke up to 8 inches of fresh snow, glad I do plow yesterday because 14 inches on the ground surely would have taxed the 460 and the blade.  Not enough traction

 

3 hours ago, db1486 said:

Sound like it's just as spotty where you are as it is here too. We still got snow but no more than a foot now. 2 weeks ago we had about 2-3 in the fields. 15 miles south doesn't have much and 45 miles north, across the "mountain" there's nothing. Guys could be out picking stones in the fields there. We usually don't get this kind of melt though till end of march so it was really early. But I keep thinking were going to get alot more snow.

Is that a couple summit's on the trailer a few pics back?

It seem that it's coming over the mountains and we're getting it a ways away, which sure makes poor mountain riding

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We're in a small stand that's never been logged so some of the trees are a little oversize for us but so far they're all nice and clear. Only problem is all the blow down in it. Literally have to crawl at times to get through it.  Was going back up today to work but instead trying to install a transmission line on the 94 dodge diesel outside in the snowbank. Not looking promising though crapy Chinese parts are screwing us uo  drive 130 miles one way yesterday to get a new line only to have it not fit again. Had problems with the same line a year ago  thought maybe it was a fluke problem turns out the figment issue is with the steel line.

 

I didnt ralise you had a sawmill as well db1486 circular or bandsaw? Just for yourselve's or commercially? Sorry to get off topic ak. 

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8 hours ago, poor farmer/logger said:

We're in a small stand that's never been logged so some of the trees are a little oversize for us but so far they're all nice and clear. Only problem is all the blow down in it. Literally have to crawl at times to get through it.  Was going back up today to work but instead trying to install a transmission line on the 94 dodge diesel outside in the snowbank. Not looking promising though crapy Chinese parts are screwing us uo  drive 130 miles one way yesterday to get a new line only to have it not fit again. Had problems with the same line a year ago  thought maybe it was a fluke problem turns out the figment issue is with the steel line.

I didnt ralise you had a sawmill as well db1486 circular or bandsaw? Just for yourselve's or commercially? Sorry to get off topic ak. 

For any lines now I get compression type fittings that we crimp on to hydraulic hose and they fit on the steel line. Never any problems after that.

We have a bandsaw sawmill. Had it a year now. We had a pile of nice spruce from a fenceline we cleared so we bought a mill and sawed it up. Gonna do a bit every year now. Because we don't have enough things to do around here lol

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This transmission line has the coupler just like a a/c line has with the spring clips inside. Pretty sure the aluminium line on the truck is to long where the spring clips are supposed to lock over and onto. Did a bit of measure and the aluminium line is out of round as well. Supposed to be .50" and at it's widest spot its .523". Not exactly precision fit to say the least.

Been throwing the idea around about buying a bandsaw to cut the oversize logs but I don't think it will happen. Handy to be able to cut what ever lumber you need that's for sure. We do it semi comercially but there's no money in it really. All our time and labor we don't get much per hour that's for sure. 

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Plowed for 7 hours yesterday,  was coming back to the house after plowing out my in laws and I stopped and opened up the school bus stop, then an  elder lady was shoveling her driveway, so I helped her.  She was asking about the 460 and when I told her it was about a 1962 model she laughed and said that was the year she graduated high school,  neat lady who I don't see much. Other neighbor helped out by cleaning up any dribbles from the blade, asked me if we could help gal one house down from him, sure

amazingly everyone was thankful and pleasant. Nothing like a bit of bad weather for the neighborhood to pull together.  Now they just need to plow the roads,

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     WOW,

          So different from what we live.

         I don't think I would survive two days there.

         It sure is beautiful and a great experience for you and the family.

         Tony 

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On 2/27/2017 at 6:07 AM, tony in ca. said:

     WOW,

          So different from what we live.

         I don't think I would survive two days there.

         It sure is beautiful and a great experience for you and the family.

         Tony 

You would do great here Tony,

 

National Weather service just posted that we have over 25 pounds per square foot on roofs at the airport, so if we get much more snow we will need to consider shoveling.  Worse case would be rain on the snow  

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