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Post in 'The Inglenook' started by bogydave, Nov 9, 2011.

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  1. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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  2. mbcijim

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    BogyDave, what part of alaska are you in? I was just up in Tok (40 Mile air out on a moose hunt). took two days and spent a night in Valdez doing the tourist thing. The drive down to Tok is the prettiest drive I've ever done. I've seen a lot of Alaska and the Lower 48 and I can't think of anything that comes close to Wrangell's/St Elias and Prince William Sound. Maybe Kenai Fjords or yellowstone.
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    Cool trip I bet.
    Matanuska Valley, between Palmer & Wasilla.
    I've driven almost every road we have. Been to the Arctic Circle, Adak Island for a couple weeks, Drove the Alcan, Flown remote out hunting, worked at a remote camp (airplane access only) for years.
    Hunted the Mts for sheep & goat, hiked glaciers. Snow machined frozen rivers for many miles out to remote cabins. (Just not many roads until the water freezes). River boated way out on many rivers fishing & hunting.
    I still see places, things & wildlife that are just breathtaking.
    I've seen just a fraction of Alaska.
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    Awesome. I worked over by Glennallen for a few summers as a teenager. They invited me back when I graduated college but I knew if I went up I wouldn't come back to Pennsylvania. Probably the only decision in my life I question. That said, I couldn't handle 7-8 months of winter. Alaska is a special place. That's for sure!
  5. firefighterjake

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    Neat . . . you'll practically be neighbors with my sister and her husband . . . after years of renting a ramshackle cabin in Portage they're buying a place in Wasilla . . . she's pretty excited since this place will have running water AND central heat . . . no more stopping at the road-side spring, paying for showers in Girdwood and coming home to the cabin at -40 degrees F.
  6. bogydave

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    Well when you come to visit in August, you'll have a nice place to stay. Convince them you can help set up a woodstove for them, cut some wood & catch some fish. ;)
    They are leaving some of the wind behind, & it will be a little dryer & warmer.
    Portage area in Turnagin Arm makes it own weather, well they know that I'm sure. Lots of glaciers, & beautiful place surrounded by MTs. I was there once in the summer with no wind & blue sky, & only needed a jacket, rare but it happens :) Rain,wind & cooler there, so they are moving to a new warmer climate. Not close the any ski resort though.
    Good for them on getting into their own home & a house with indoor plumbing. :)
  7. firefighterjake

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    Seeing as the last time I visited was several Septembers ago and I stayed in my brother-in-laws 1980s vintage van with shag carpet in it and nearly froze to death . . . I'm very much looking forward to staying in a real house this time . . . but I'm actually planning to time things for the Summer Solstice.

    They have a woodstove now . . . not sure if they will upgrade . . . I hope so . . . for their sake since they probably have no idea about how much it costs to heat a home with oil . . . especially with the prices you guys pay for petroleum products.

    Personally, I kinda preferred the Wasilla/Willow area when I was there . . . went to the Iditarod Headquarters and did the tourist thing with the sled dogs and talked to the son of the man who started the races . . . seemed to me that the climate was a bit milder . . . as you say . . . in the Portage area the area can make its own weather . . . my sister tells me about massive snow storms followed by rain a day later and then sun and warmth a day later . . . very freaky . . . she also has had to wait several hours going/coming to work/home due to avalanches closing the road in the winter . . . hopefully she will not have to contend with many of those.

    I suspect they may miss being so close to Alyeska . . . but they can always drive down and make a day of it.
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    Hopefully they house they have has NG for heat & hot water. Depends on their location, but pretty widespread NG, close to Palmer & Wasilla.
    Let them know that Alaska is to come out with a new "energy upgrade reimbursement fund". Basically the same as 2010 one. They need to apply online to get on the list ASAP, up to $10K. I got my stove under the program a few years ago, energy efficient patio door, & 14" of insulation added to the attic. They paid for the initial audit & the closing audit & around 80% of the cost of the other stuff.
    New appliance upgrade also qualify under the program. You spend up front then get reimbursed. Initial & closing audit required.
    One of these site should get them in the right direction. Can also call to talk to someone to get more info in the program.
    http://www.ahfc.us/energy/weatherization_rebates.cfm
    https://www.akrebate.com/

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    Thanks . . . I'll pass on the info . . . they just bought a bunch of appliances for the place too.
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