Our land in Tok
view of the Alaska range from our property
We've been spending some time out at our 10 acres here in Tok... and pricing some work. It looks like it's possible we might be able to afford to hook the electricity up this year, but we haven't got the official bid yet, so we aren't sure. Tomorrow they will come and put in the septic system for us and see what kind of ground work needs to be done so we can get the 5th wheel into the property. We were going to run into Fairbanks today so we could look at water tanks, one that will fit in the back of the truck, since we'll need to haul water, but we are too tired to make the 400 mile round trip in one day.
the pad we put in two years ago - for our future cabin
the road going in we put in 2010
flowers on the cranberry bushes
almost makes me want a frost right now (almost, not quite) so I can pick em!
Sphagnum moss growing on the trees
The forest floor
cranberries all over!
looking back at the pad
Mushrooms just starting to come up, there is an amazing amount of mushrooms that grow here
To eat or not to eat? Probably not to! I have a mushroom book with me this year though to learn about what's here.
Kevin checking to see where our property line markers were... so we could remember where our lines are
no idea what this plant is, but it's really neat looking
more cranberry flowers
your feet just sink in when you walk in the forest, that's why Douglas loves it so much, it's like running on pillows!
the road to our friend Bud's house
So we are still at our friend Bud's house, camping out. We bought a bunch of herbs to plant when we get to the property, thyme, cilantro, peppermint, basil, etc... so I'll have them to cook with at least. It's too early in our set up to have a proper garden here.
Tomorrow is the longest day of the year and we'll have about 23 hours of direct sunlight. When the sun sets it's still light out - just a little less bright, so it's an adjustment. We are normally both night people so with the sun being out, it feels like you should stay up even later! Evening is usually the nicest part of the day here too. It's about 65 degrees Fahrenheit here today, and partly cloudy. It was up in the 70s yesterday but mostly it's been cool. The weather changes throughout the day - I brought lots of mixed clothes, but I didn't bring a lot of clothes I can layer with, and you need layers so you can easily change during the day. So I need to get my act together.
Poor Doug had an upset tummy yesterday and need a shower. His poor mother spent a while cleaning up. But he smells like coconuts now (because of my shampoo) and he's feeling 100 % today thankfully! The poor little bug had some bad tummy trouble.
So far all we've seen in Tok is rabbits - and there are LOTS of them. I'm extra careful with the dogs because a couple of years ago while camped at Bud's house, we watched an Owl grab a rabbit and fly across his driveway! So you've always got to watch. Here at Bud's house we are close to town, at our land we are much further out and closer to the wilderness and mountains, we are right on the edge of it. So there is a much greater chance of running into a bear. So all of us will have to be very cautious.
We went to a potluck the other night and it was great! A bunch of local people all brought dishes in, slow cooked ribs, homemade ice cream, scalloped potatoes, pork roast... I made some rolls (and it was all I could do in between a dozen other errands that day!) and it was great fun with lots of good food. I have to get to cooking this weekend to catch up on the cooking club and I also need to make a couple recipes for an article I"m working on. My to do list is growing, so I better get at it.
Before I go , I want to take a minute to thank all my friends and blog readers for reading, and for the support! You all mean so much to me, and I appreciate each of you so much!