Dec 242013
 

Here is another creation by man that could eventually saved or prolong our life on this great planet.  Obviously we won’t have any issues in our lifetime (minus severe weather) but generations to come are going to have a rough time living on this planet if we continue to use and abuse it as much as we do.  I am no “tree-hugging hippy” as they would say where I come from, but I am a realist.  I realize that nothing in life comes for free and that we have been mining and heating this planet up pretty quickly.  Anyways, the point is that there is a lot that we as humans can do to prevent the situation from getting any worse.  I believe the first step is living as much of a sustainable life as possible.  One of the hardest parts of life to generate on your own is electricity.  This guy from Rawlemon may have just figured out how to make some serious lemonade out of some lemons.  Just watch the video and you will see exactly what I am talking about.  To let you know how serious this new idea for solar is, this guy (Andre Broessel) was a finalist in the World Technology Network Award in 2013.

Dec 242013
 
silverbay

silverbay2Silver Bay Seafoods is a salmon processing system basically.  They are an integrated processor of frozen, headed, and gutted salmon that ships all around the world.  they currently have 3 plants located in Alaska.  These plants are located in Sitka, Craig, and Valdez.  They are perfect because they are all on water for the most part.  The Valdez plant is the smallest only employing 197 people while Craig employs over 200 and Sitka over 300.  Silver Bay Seafoods has a ton of job openings for those looking to relocate to Alaska.  They have a wide range of jobs available including corporate office jobs, processor jobs, technical jobs, and administrative jobs.  Here are a list of jobs that they have available:

 

 

Dec 232013
 
halliburton

Are you looking for a little piece of solitude in the middle of no where?  This job is for you if you have some Forklift and General Maintenance experience. Prudhoe Bay, Alaska is located in far north Alaska.  So far north it borders the Arctic Ocean.  Here is what the actual job description says on their website listing:

Making repairs and performing preventative maintenance is what you will do as Facilities Maintenance Helper. Assisting the Maintenance Mechanic, you will perform a variety of tasks in support of plant construction and maintenance activities including reading and interpreting instructions, and documentation, and planning work activities. Other duties include moving materials and equipment to work locations, setting up work sites, and other tasks associated with delivering a maintenance contract.

To qualify for this job, you must have a forklift license, and 1 year of general building maintenance that includes light plumbing, mechanical and electrical.

Halliburton is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

If you think you qualify for this position I am pretty sure it pay very well. You will literally be in the middle of no where so unable to spend lots of money. If you are looking to save money up, this is the perfect position for something who is wanting to get some great maintenance experience.  Like I said before, think before you say yes to this job because it really is not for everyone.  I think you should know whether or not you can handle all of this.  If I had some experience in this field, I would probably consider this job because I can not even imagine what it pays.  My guess is you need to be able to lift 60-100+ lbs at a time along with being able to interpret instructions that could be outdated and or not right.  You might have to be able to fix things on the fly.  Anyways, this is a really good job available in Alaska and if you are looking to get up here, I suggest you take a look at this!  As a facility maintenance helper you will be able to grow you skills learning from some great people!  Oh and did I mention its a position with Halliburton which is one of the greatest companies in the United States to work for.  Here is a link to the application: http://jobs.halliburton.com/us/united-states/support-services/jobid4673093-facility-maintenance-helper

Dec 182013
 
beavercreek

Beaver Creek is another one of those oasis’ in the middle of no where along the Alaska Highway.  In fact, I am just going to let you know that if you are anywhere in the Yukon, you are in the middle of nowhere.  There are a ton of visitor centers in Beaver Creek for anyone traveling through the Yukon.  It can be really helpful no matter which way you are traveling.  Beaver Creek is home to the White River First Nations (Tribal Group) who have been prominent members of the larger First Nations group that is negotiating land deals with the Canadian Government.  Beaver Creek is also considered the most westerly established community in the entire Yukon Territory.  They have a health station in Beaver Creek that provides public health, treatment and 24 hour emergency services.  It is located just off the Alaska Highway in the middle of town.  The location of Beaver Creek makes the small area almost an essential pit stop for anyone traveling the Alaska Highway.   The nearest gas stations are 30 min to the North in the United States (Alaska) or two in a half hours to the South (Burwash Landing).  If you are traveling North along the Alaska Highway and looking for a hotel, this will be your last hotel stop in the Yukon to find a hotel.  The nearest hotel heading North is the Border City Lodge.   This is located on the Alaska side of the border.  Heading South is a different story.  If you hit Beaver Creek when its about to get dark then I suggest you pull in and enjoy a decent nights rest because the nearest hotel is going to be the Burwash Landing Resort which is probably around three hours away at night.

Population: 88
Elevation: 2,172 ft (662m)
Time Zone: Pacific (UTC -8) | PDT (UTC -7)
Area Code: 867
Canadian Postal Code: Y0B 1A0
Website: N/A
News: Fairbanks News/Whitehorse News

Things to Do

  • Hotels for Resting
  • RV park for recharging
  • Buckshot Betty’s

Places to Stay

  • Westmark Inn Beaver Creek
  • 1202 Motor Inn (FasGas)
  • Ida’s Motel & Cafe 1990
  • Buckshot Betty’s Restaurant & Rooms

Food to Eat

  • Ida’s Motel & Cafe 1990
  • Buckshot Betty’s Restaurant & Rooms
Dec 182013
 
ibexvalley

Population: 315
Elevation: 1,640ft (500m)
Time Zone: Pacific (UTC -8)
Website: N/A
News: Probably Whitehorse News/The Internet

Ibex Valley is an incorporated hamlet in the Yukon.  It really should be considered apart of Whitehorse in fact I call its the Whitehorse-Ibex Valley metroplex haha! In the winter the area is really used for outdoor recreation.  Its the perfect valley for snow-snowmobiling, dog sledding, and cross country skiing.  In the summer you will see mountain bikes, hikers, and bouldering throughout most of the area.  The valley really is an outdoor fan’s paradise.  Here are some videos of the area.  These first couple of videos show you a festival that is put on every year in the area called the Ibex Valley Yukon Bouldering Festival:

 

You can see how popular this is during the summer. Since the early 1980′s there has been a pipeline that has run through the Ibex Valley bringing Natural Gas from the Alaska North Slope to the United States’ Midwest. The Valley itself is very undeveloped which to mean makes it the perfect place to build a new summer home/permanent home if you have a good energy solution. Google Maps has made embedding maps extremely difficult but if you go there and just type in “Ibex Valley” you will see the kind of terrain that’s involved. Here is a short look at the valley during the summer on an ATV:

Ibex Valley looks to be full of trees but as you can see there are a few trails running through it. These trails are maintained by the people who travel them on a yearly basis. It’s always common courtesy to clear the path even if you can make it by something thats in the middle of the trail…it does not mean the next person will be able to.

This next video shows you a little of what the Ibex Valley is like with snow on the ground. You will see a snowmobile every once in a while and you will also be able to see how fast cars are traveling on the roads. This is a favorite pass time of those who live in the area. This snow mobile is a 2013 Renegade 800:

If you are looking to stay somewhere near Ibex Valley, I would recommend Takhini Lodge which offers everything from classes on how to take pictures of the Northern Lights to dogsledding around the lodge. Breakfast is included in your room price which is always nice. Their rates are pretty reasonable at $180.00 CAD ($170 USD) per night (double occupancy). This place will take care of all your needs and be able to find anything you need should you need it.

Dec 172013
 
fasgas

Canada is the second largest country (in terms of size) in the world.  It is only slightly larger than China but China has 38 times the population.  So you can imagine how spread out things are in parts of Canada. When you are driving in the middle of no where Canada (in my opinion most places are the definition of middle of no where) a gas station or motel could mean the difference between life and death.  It’s important that you know where these service stations are just in case.

FasGas LocationsAs you can see there are a ton of FasGas locations out there.  They are located all over Canada and there are 5 in the Yukon alone.  Alberta has the most locations and I would imagine that is where FasGas originated but don’t quote me on that.  There is pretty much a FasGas in every Province (Quebec and Newfoundland not included).

 

If you live near any one of these stations, you might consider joining one of their programs.  They have a couple of programs that make getting gas at FasGas cheaper.

Dec 122013
 
robertcampbellhighway

There is a highway, in the middle of nowhere.  You read this and you automatically think Arizona, Montana, or maybe even Saskatchewan.  I am talking about a “highway” that runs 362 miles (583km) through the middle of the Yukon.  To give you an idea as to how in the middle of no where this road really is, here is a list of “cities” with their population that this highway runs through:

  • Carmacks, Yukon – Population: 503
  • Ross River, Yukon – Population: 313
  • Watson Lake, Yukon – Population: 802

You can see that this is not the most populated area.  You should always be carrying gas with you when traveling out in the bush like this.  Well no doubt you got here trying to find actual videos of Robert Campbell Highway so I should put some videos in here.

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[one_third_last]This video was recorded by a satellite dish installer (yes they even go out to the bush) in June of 2012. You can tell this is a great time to travel the Robert Campbell Highway because the ground out here is pretty permafrost. This was also a time when there were a ton of washouts in the road due to heavy rain for several days (highways out here are not really highways, just maintained dirt roads really). This video also includes a clip of the famous Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake, Yukon. [/one_third_last]

[one_third]In this next video you can really see how dusty the Robert Campbell Highway can get. This video was taken by a couple of girls who were riding ATV’s through the Yukon. You can see they travel quite fast passing cars at times. She complains about how dusty it gets in dry areas though which I could see being a problem if you are driving an ATV. You can tell the roads are in a little bit better condition whenever this was taken. The highways are getting better as more funding is used to maintain them. I would venture to guess that in the next 20 years most of the highways in the Yukon will start to be paved.[/one_third]
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Again, I appreciate everyone out there who is posting videos of these highways as they are helpful to those planning trips to this area. The Yukon is an amazing place to venture out to but you always need to be safe and do you research.

Dec 102013
 
klondikehighway

I have been trying to get a few profiles done on several of the highways in the great north. Here we have some videos of the Klondike Highway. Be sure to pay attention to not only the road conditions but the scenery also. Beautiful mountains and passes all up and down this highway. This first video was taken basically at the very beginning of the season that you want to be driving this highway. Early March is even pushing it a little.

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[one_third_last]Here is a video sent in from Murray and he is driving North on the Klondike Highway from Skagway, Alaska.  As you can tell, the roads are still a little slick but don’t look too bad.  This was back in March of 2011 so you can see how dangerous the roads are even after Winter.  You really need to be careful and prepared when traveling this road.  The snow gets piled high and to the side. You can imagine how long the highway is and with the lack of traffic, the roads remain really icy. It’s well worth it as you can see from all the gorgeous mountains you pass through.  [/one_third_last]

This next set of videos comes in two parts. They are a great shot at the end of the season when its still a gorgeous drive. You will be able to see the stark differences in climate. These guys were obviously on a tour and you really got to see and hear what they were passing through in some parts of it. Its very informative.

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[one_third_last]On these videos you really get to see the beauty of the Klondike Highway at the end of Summer when everything is still for the most part melted. This video is taken southbound on the Klondike Highway from Carcross, Yukon all the way to Skagway, Alaska. I have a real appreciation for this Videographer because it really enables people to experience the real beauty of this area without having been there before. If anything I feel as if it entices me to get back up there as soon as possible. You can see the contrast in setting from the first video the these and it really does melt most of the area during most Summers (contrary to popular belief). You really don’t get to see much in terms of road conditions but really this is because roads are completely fine for the most part throughout the extent of the highway. I am telling you…you could spend a whole week taking pictures of this highway and think there was not enough time. There are so many gorgeous areas on the road and hundreds of peaks along the way.[/one_third_last]

I can tell you which time of year I would rather be driving in the Yukon (summer time of course!). I hope that these videos have given you a little insight into what driving the Klondike Highway is all about.

Dec 052013
 

Back in 2010, BloomEnergy put out a bunch of press releases which started a micro-frenzy about Bloom Boxes.  I was one of the few people who read about them and actually did some research.  The idea is solid and if they are able to produce them on a smaller scale, could change everything.  If everyone were using these, our carbon footprint would be reduced astronomically.  Google, Kellogg, HP, San Jose Sharks, AT&T, Verizon, and so many other large companies have already implemented bloom boxes and generate a significant portion of their electricity with the bloom box.  Check them out in action here:

bloomboxBloom Energy Servers are a pretty innovative piece of technology and I believe that its just a matter of time before they are able to create small scale versions of these for the home.  Basically what I mean is that instead of generating 200kw or whatever it would generate something like 15kw-20kw max.  This would be enough to power a small community of homes off grid I would imagine.  I have seen other companies using fuel cell technology like this but really only one can come close to comparison and that’s Toshiba.  I will go over those on another day, but let’s just say this is the real deal. Some of you might be wondering how this newer technology works and I have found a diagram that kind of helps explain things:

bloomenergyserver

Bloom Box theory was first revealed to us back in 2009 and in 2010 it pretty much hit it’s peak of virality.  60 Minutes even did a segment on them, we will go ahead and post the video for you in case you didn’t see it.  I think this stuff will be available to the public in the next 10 years.  This will make having a cabin in the woods pretty darn easy.  Once they make them small enough for homes, you can literally build a house anywhere without issue.


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Dec 032013
 
sitka

The City of Sitka Alaska has one of the more interesting backgrounds out of cities in the north.  Originally known as New Archangel it was originally settled by Tlingit people (indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America) over 10,000 years ago.  Russians settled Old Sitka back in 1799 and was governed by Alexandr Baranov.  He ran the Russian-American Company which was a trading company backed by the Russian Tsar Paul I.  There is so much history here that 22 buildings appear in the National Register of Historic Places.  In 1867 Russia was in the midst of some major turmoil both politically and economically after the Crimean War (Russia lost to France, Britain, Ottoman Empire, Sardinia and in some part Austria).  Instead of losing the land to their enemies, Russia decided to sell the land to someone to make money off of it.  They paid 2 cents per acre (around $7.2 million USD total) and the Alaska Purchase took place on October 18, 1867 (October 18th is now celebrated as Alaska Day).  The next year, Alaska got its first newspaper the Sitka Times (renamed the Seattle Times when they moved to Seattle in 1870).  Sitka was the capital of the Alaska Territory until 1906 when it was moved to where it is currently in Juneau, Alaska.  Gold mining and fish canning led to the towns growth and World War II brought nearly 30,000 personnel to the area along with an air base.

Population: 8,952
Elevation: 26ft (8m)
Time Zone: Alaska (-9)
Website: www.cityofsitka.com
News: Daily Sitka Sentinel | Capital City Weekly
Zip Code: 99835

Things to Do

  • Alaska Day
  • Alaska Raptor Center
  • Baranof Castle Hill
  • St. Michael’s Cathedral
  • Sitka Fine Arts Camp
  • Sitka Jazz Festival
  • Sitka National Historical Park
  • Sitka Pioneer Home
  • Swan Lake
  • Tongass National Forest
  • Whale Fest
  • Sheldon Jackson Museum
  • Fortress of the Bear
  • Russian Bishop’s House
  • Herring Cove Trail
  • Sitka Sound Science Center

Sitka Accommodations

  • Wild Strawberry Lodge
  • Super 8
  • Frank and Gloria’s Place
  • Totem Square Hotel and Marina
  • Westmark Sitka Hotel
  • Rockwell Lighthouse
  • Sitka Hotel
  • Moutain View Bed and Breakfast

Food to Eat

  • Ludvig’s Bistro
  • Highliner Coffee
  • Baranof Island Brewing Company
  • Channel Club
  • The Larkspur Cafe
  • Fly-In Fish In
  • The Pioneer Bar
  • The Pub
  • Dock Shack
  • Homeport Eatery
  • Nugget Restaurant and Bakery
  • Pizza Express
  • The Back Door Cafe
  • Van Winkle and Sons
  • Roma’s Italian Restaurant
  • Kenny’s Wok and Teriyaki
  • North Sister Crepes and Juice Company
  • Reindeer Redhots
  • Bayview Restaurant
  • Victoria’s
  • Agave
  • Little Tokyo
  • Sea Mountain Restaurant
  • Westmark Sitka
  • Mojo Cafe
  • El Burrito Loco
  • Asian Palace


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Nov 252013
 
princealbert

Prince Albert is one of those cities considered an oasis in the middle of nowhere.  Those who live there might not consider that as they would say Saskatoon is just around the corner (hour in a half drive).  However if you travel directly north there really is a whole lot of nothing for a long time (all the way to the North Pole).  Henry Kelsey was the first White Man to travel through the area and that was before the 18th century started in 1692.  Now, that does not mean there were settlements other than the Native Americans who settled there originally.  By 1776 a trading post was set up where the current town is and in 1862 the Hudson Bay Trading Company had set up shop in the area.  This caused a surge in population and by then Prince Albert was actually called Isbister’s Settlement.

Population: City – 35,129 | Metro – 42,673
Elevation: 1,440ft (440m)
Time Zone: Central Standard (CST)
Website: www.citypa.ca
News: Prince Albert Daily Herald | Prince Albert Shopper | Rural Roots
Radio:

  • 540AM – Public News/Talk
  • 570AM – Country
  • 600AM – Country
  • 620AM – Country
  • 650AM – News/Talk
  • 750AM – Oldies
  • 860AM – Public News/Talk
  • 900AM – Country
  • 88.1FM – First Nations Community Radio
  • 89.1FM – Public Music
  • 90.1FM – Public News/Talk
  • 99.1FM – Hot Adult Contemporary
  • 100.1FM – Community Christian Radio
  • 101.5FM – Active Rock

Things to Do:

  • Grey Owl Cabin
  • Cooke Municipal Golf Cource
  • Evolution of Education Museum
  • The Mann Art Gallery
  • Northern Lights Casino
  • Prince Albert Historical Museum
  • Rotary Museum of Police & Corrections
  • Diefenbaker House Museum
  • Buckboard Ranch

Food to Eat:

  1. Amy’s on Second Restaurant
  2. The Bison Cafe
  3. Dr Java’s Coffee House
  4. Shananigan’s Coffee & Dessert Bar
  5. Carlton’s Bakery & Coffee Shop
  6. Fat Burger
  7. Boston Pizza
  8. Tim Horton’s Prince Albert
  9. Princess Cafe
  10. Spicy Peppercorn
  11. New Mill at The Quality Hotel
  12. Humpty’s Family Restaurant
  13. Mr Submarine
  14. Original Joe’s: Prince Albert
  15. Science Fiction Pizza
  16. Vu’s Garden
  17. Saigon River Restaurant
  18. Sopranos Restaurant and Eatery

Places to Stay:

  1. Super 8 Motel – Prince Albert
  2. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Prince Albert
  3. Days Inn Prince Albert
  4. Best Western Marquis Inn & Suites
  5. Comfort Inn
  6. Prince Albert Travelodge
  7. Ramada Prince Albert
  8. Prince Albert Inn
  9. Quality Hotel and Suites
  10. Red Pine Bed & Breakfast
  11. Nestle Inn on 3rd
  12. Serenity Spa Bed & Breakfast


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Nov 172013
 
mount_lorne

I think before I go over anything, we need to discuss exactly what a hamlet is.  Hamlet can really have all sorts of meanings depending on what country you are in.  In Canada a hamlet is a designated area where people live and in Yukon that means less than 400 people (as of the 2006 census).  When you think of a town that has less than 400 and on top of that in the Yukon you probably think that its a nothing middle of nowhere kind of place.  On the contrary, Mount Lorne is located just south of Whitehorse which has over 15,000 people.  Mount Lorne is really just made up of a couple of neighborhoods south of Whitehorse.  If you have ever wanted to see mushers who are practicing for the Iditarod, then this might be a great area for you to do so.  There is a ton of snow that falls in this area which makes it an ideal spot for mushers to practice for various dog sledding races.  If you are headed to Whitehorse than making a trip down to Mount Lorne is going to have to an essential part of your trip.  If you have time (more than a couple of days) this destination should be on your list of things to do for sure! Mount Lorne is a little slice of snow paradise in the Yukon.  The area is host to some of the oldest remains ever found in the area dating over 8,000 years ago which is quite amazing.

Population: 379
Elevation:
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/1Y0Pl

Things to Do

  • Outdoor Ice Rink
  • Youth Hockey
  • Annie Lake Golf Course
  • Disc Golf
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Soapstone Carving
  • Thai Food
  • Wildwood Music and Arts Festival

Places to Stay

  • Mt. Lorne Bed and Breakfast


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Nov 132013
 
teslin

Population: 144
Elevation: 2297ft (700m)
Website: www.teslin.ca

If you ever wanted to drive to the middle of no where (and if you drive up to Alaska you will have plenty of that), finding yourself in Teslin is a very good start.  What I consider these days to be the middle of nowhere consists of distance from a town of 30,000 or more.  A town of 30,000 people or more tends to have much better medical facilities in the Americas than that of towns smaller than that.  The nearest city to Teslin is over 14 hours away (Fairbanks, Alaska).  Teslin is located in the middle of some of the most rugged terrain the Yukon bears to the public which means that while this area is a ton of fun, it’s also very dangerous.  My favorite thing to do in Teslin is fishing honestly.

Things to Do

  • Northern Wildlife Museum
  • George Johnston Museum
  • Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre
  • Timberpoint Campground Services
  • Tim’s Saddle Sack
  • 44830 Yukon Inc. – Diesel Station
  • Frank’s Repair & Mechanics

Places to Stay

  • Yukon Motel
  • Nisutlin Trading Post & Motel
  • Dawson Peaks Resort & RV Park

Food to Eat

  • Mukluk Annies


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Nov 132013
 
winkler

Population: City – 10,670 | Urban – 12,005
Elevation: 850ft (259m)
Website: City of Winkler
News: The Winkler Times
Map: Link

Welcome to the economic hub of Southern Manitoba.  You may be wondering why this town of only 10,000 is the economic hub, but really what it means is that it’s the largest town for over 80 miles.  Their shopping centers serve nearly 20,000 people and employs over 4,200 people in Winkler alone.  The Bentley of Canadian RV manufacturer is headquartered here and employs more people than any other company in the area.   The area was originally settled by Russian Mennonites (a deeply religious community) with the first church being founded shortly after in 1888.  Valentine Winkler was the owner of a lumber business in the nearby town of Morden.  The town was ultimately named after him because he was able to bring a spur route off the Canadian Pacific Railway.  It has enjoyed a steady growth in population ever since (minus one decade during the World Wars.  It really reminds me of a large Sedona, Arizona or Fredericksburg, Texas with its shopping and small town feel.  If you have ever wanted to learn about Mennonite’s or Mennonite cooking this will be your place to go!  As you will see with some of the entertainment, restaurants, and hotels listed, they have quite a few options for you to choose from:

Things to Do and Places to See

  • Meadows Mini-Golf and Amusements
  • Valley Bowling
  • Geocaching
  • Winkler Aquatic Centre
  • Lake Minnewasta
  • Flatlands Theatre Company
  • PW Enns Centennial Concert Hall
  • Southland Empire Cinema
  • Winkler Flyers Hockey
  • Bethel Heritage Park
  • Pembina Thresherman’s Museum
  • Winkler Golf Club

Places to Stay

  • Days Inn – Highway 14
  • Quality Inn – Main Street
  • Triangle Oasis Motel
  • Winkler Campground

Food to Eat

  • Ralph’s German Restaurant & Cafe
  • Iceburg Drive-In
  • Twister’s Burgers Fries & Malts
  • J&H Toppers
  • Mulligans Restaurant and Lounge
  • Del Rios
  • Warky’s
  • Triangle Oasis Restaurants
  • Szutu’s Restaurant
  • Coffee Culture
  • Heartland Inn
  • Jonny’s Java
  • New World Chinese Restaurants


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Nov 112013
 

I would imagine that most of you guys probably won’t be wanting to building a massive cabin in Alaska or Northern Canada, but I really enjoyed watching this film all the way through.  It really shows you the amount of effort that goes into making one of these homes.  You can really see most of the steps that we have talked about throughout our website.  All of the cabin building procedures used here except for the first couple of steps (we assume they already had that part done).    I would like to think that one day we could all afford to have someone helps us build something like this, but for now, it’s really fun watching this video.  It takes you from the beginning stages of building all the way up to clearing the site when they are finished.  I would like to say now that there is no footage of the final look (does not include an landscaping done, just the finished house).  If you are one of the few people who can actually afford this sort of thing you will be pleased to know that the company who did this has a website.  The name of the company is Everlog Systems.  If you are looking for the log cabin look, this is the best of the best in my opinion.  They do not use actual wood, its actually concrete.  So the concrete is made to look like wood.  You will get the real cabin feel without the termites, mold, costly maintenance, etc.  I imagine it insulates a lot better also.  I think we will be doing a post later on that will specifically cover homes built with these and how to build homes with these.  I think you would agree that while this may not be the most traditional option, a home built using these types of logs will be in your family for generations.

Nov 052013
 
forestaccessroad

If you are moving to Alaska and building your own place, chances are you are going to be out in the bush.  This may not mean much to you now, but there is a lot of work that goes into building off the grid.  You can find land cheap (do not let anyone tell you that you can’t) and in fact so cheap that you may consider it in the near future.  The problem with the cheaper land in Alaska is that 9/10 its tens, if not hundreds of miles from any major road.  You can see how important building accessible roads on your land can be.  “Roads” in Alaska, for the most part would be considered trails/dirt roads down in the Lower 48.  The problem is the sheer size of the state.  Not only is Alaska ranked last (50th) in population density (it comes out to about 1.26 people per square mile which is 1/6th of next to least dense state) but half the population lives in one city (Anchorage, Alaska).  So what does this mean for the people who live in Alaska?  Well, basically it means that most people actually use planes and boats to get around.  There are 12 highways in Alaska which might sound like a lot but if you consider what they think a Highway is, Texas has over 654 thousand miles of highway (Alaska has 30,000 if total land roads and is nearly twice as large as Texas).  Alaska ranks 45th in total roads while also having the largest area out of any state in the United States.

 

Great movies to look at if you are interested in how the Alaska Highway was built (yes these are going to be similar to what you are going to want to build):


 

 

 

Problems you will run into if you don’t plan this out properly

  • Very Steep Grades (In Alaska, this will mean an inability to get up steeper inclines during the Winter.
  • Popped Tires from not moving all of the excess materials to the side
  • Slope support disappears by undercutting
  • Runoff gets concentrated and destroys the road all together
  • Water Quality gets degraded

Things that you want to take care of before you start construction

Before you start construction of your new there are a lot of items that you have to take a look at and make sure you have “dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s.”  Firstly, probably the most important step of all is gathering as much information available about the land you are building on in advance.  Even if you are subcontracting out you need to do this for the contractor because they won’t normally just have that information.  Contour maps are probably going to be your greatest savior unless you are building on a plain and they are usually available at your local, county or state government offices.  You can also find them from the U.S. Geological Survey.  You will also need soil information which can be obtained from the United States Department of Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Once you have all of the information you need you need to map out the entire location.  You should have already put out markers to designate where your property starts and ends (marking your territory per say). 

Oct 312013
 
southernmanitoba

Population: 1,208,268
Area: 250,950 square miles
Elevation Range: Lowest – (450ft/150m) | Highest – (2727ft/831m)
Website: Link

Here we have our interactive map of Manitoba. If you hover over certain cities, towns, and villages, it will link to information about that place. You will also find various activities, restaurants, and hotels to go to in that town.  As we add more cities, they will be linked on this map.  That way you are not having to go back and forth via google maps.

Portage la Prairie, Manitoba Brandon, Manitoba Virden, Manitoba Steinbach, Manitoba Minnedosa, Manitoba
Oct 312013
 
Adelaide

So in our odd hours of being able to put up new articles on here, we have been doing quite a bit of research on the rest of the World.  We wanted to be able to give you a full view of the World in case you were thinking about leaving the United States (either because you just realized we are just as corrupt as some of the other First World Countries out there or something else) that we would give you a great list of cities to start you hunt with.  All of these cities have more than a million people in them and honestly some of the cities listed on the worst list are cities I would never consider even visiting much less living in:

Cities I have looked at:

  1. Sofia, Bulgaria
  2. Berlin, Germany
  3. Riga, Latvia
  4. Lisbon, Portugal
  5. Kiev, Ukraine
  6. Istanbul, Turkey
  7. Prague, Czech Republic
  8. Budapest, Hungary
  9. Krakow, Poland
  10. Vilnius, Lithuania

Best cities

  1. Adelaide, Australia
  2. Calgary, Alberta
  3. Toronto, Ontario
  4. Vancouver, British Columbia
  5. Vienna, Austria
  6. Melbourne, Australia

Worst Cities

  1. Harare, Zimbabwe
  2. Lagos, Nigeria
  3. Port Moresby, Papa New Guinea
  4. Dhaka, Bangladesh
  5. Damascus, Syria

Cheapest Cities

  1. Tunis, Tunisia
  2. Chennai, India
  3. Quito, Ecuador
  4. Mexico City, Mexico
  5. Auckland, New Zealand
  6. Wellington, New Zealand
  7. Karachi, Pakistan
  8. Asuncion, Paraguay
  9. Monterrey, Mexico
  10. Johannesburg, South Africa

So let’s take a look at some of these cities a little closer up.  How about we take a look at the #1 of each list.  That way this article doesn’t end up being five thousands words.  The first list is just a list of cities that I have personally looked at and we all voted on the rankings.  Sofia, Bulgaria is the first city that we will cover:

Sofia, Bulgaria (Cities I have looked at)

This city has just over 1.2 million people who call it home (1.3 million if you consider the Municipality).  If you are from the United States or Canada (which a lot of the people who look at my site are) then you may not know much about the Country of Bulgaria.  Those of you who do have probably heard that maybe its corrupt, or maybe its dangerous.  I can honestly tell you that it is not.  As long as you know the language or can at least hold a conversation, Bulgaria is a great place to retire.  On a Global level, it is considered a Beta- City (which may sound weird or bad but other cities that are Beta- are: Cleveland, Ohio, San Juan, San Diego, Denver, Calgary, etc) and holds most of the Universities that are located in Bulgaria.

Cost of Living in Sofia, Bulgaria

Adelaide, Australia (Best Cities)

Here is another city (although literally across the World from Eastern Europe) that has just over 1.2 million people living there.  It also happens to be the 5th largest city in Australia.  It has been voted “Most Livable City in Australia” the past three years (2011, 2012, 2013).  I have personally never been to this city, but I have heard nothing but amazing things about it.  All you really need to do is go look up some pictures of this place and you will be hooked.  Its a gorgeous part of Australia.

Cost of Living in Adelaide, Australia

Harare, Zimbabwe (Worst Cities)

This city has 1.6 million people living there (2.8 million in the metropolitan area).  It is the leading financial center for the Country of Zimbabwe and there are also quite a few mining operations located there.  The one nice thing that I can say about it is that the temperature tends to stay pretty constant year round.  I don’t think it has dipped below freezing since they started recording temperatures.  At the same time, I also don’t believe the temp has risen over 100 degrees (all Fahrenheit of course).  At the end of the day though, you are stuck in a corrupt country where the average person makes about $850 a year.

Cost of Living in Harhare, Zimbabwe

Tunis, Tunisia (Cheapest Cities)

Just for the record, this is another Arabic Country.  If you have a problem with Arabs, don’t know Arabic, or just don’t want to live in Africa this is not the city that you would want to move to.  This is however, a very inexpensive city to live.  Normally this country would not be a great place to live but in 2011 a revolution resulted in a new young democracy.  Assuming there is no regime change in the near future, this country has a lot to offer in terms of exports, history, and sports.

Cost of Living in Tunis, Tunisia

 

 

Oct 292013
 
heavydutyrake

One of the most important steps to building a Log Cabin is clearing the land in order to build on it.  There are several tools that can be used in this process and we are going to go over each one in depth. We want you to be able to make the best possible decision for yourself:

  • Stump Cutter – Also known as a stump grinder, a stump cutter is designed to do exactly what its name says which is cut stumps.  If you are looking for stump cutters we have a few resources for you. First, here is a video we found that we feel contains the best information when looking for Stump Cutters/Stump Grinders:

  • Lopper – The word lopper may look foreign to you, but really they are just oversized pruning shears.  This guy is kind of crazy (end of the world type so maybe not) but he has a great demonstration as to what a lopper is, how to take care of it, and how its used.

  • Mattock/Pickaxe – If you have ever played MineCraft than you know what a pickaxe does. Same concept applies here. Take a look at this video if you have never used a pickaxe:

  • Heavy-Duty Rake – When you think heavy duty rake I am sure you are thinking something along the lines of a really thick rake…and your assumptions would do what they always do. These are huge machines that I would recommend renting at some point if you have a lot of semi-open land to clear. Here are a couple of videos that show them hard at work:

Oct 232013
 
golddredging

I have not really found any decent sites that have a good resource list for gold dredging so I figured I would put together a decent list.  Let me know if there is anything you wanted added to it by commenting at the bottom of the article.  I have already had several questions via email.  You can also message me here if you have any questions or updates.  This article will be getting updated as much as possible to reflect the most up to date information.  

 

Gold Prices

Monex Live Gold Price
Building a Gold Dredge

Videos

 

Oct 222013
 
juneaurestaurants

If you are looking for a restaurant to work somewhere in the Juneau area, here is a list made specifically for you.  This list was created in October of 2013 and because we have so many cities that we are keeping up with, we will not be able to update this as new businesses are created and other businesses close.  Hopefully this list somehow helps you and you can find a job or at the very least a decent restaurant to eat at.  You will notice that a lot of them do not have websites.  We are working on getting ahold of these businesses so that we might help them get something up.  The information we have provided for you includes the business’ name, address, phone number, website, and Google Rating.  You may not understand what Google Rating means but it all has to do with Google Places.  Working just like Yelp.com, at Google Places they have maps and information on restaurants all around the world.  If you have eaten there, chances are its probably in Google Places.

We are getting requests on a daily basis for lists of businesses so you can expect to see quite a few more lists in the future.

Business Name Address Phone Google Rating Site URL
Zyphyr Restaurant 200 Seward St, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 780-2221 4.4 http://zephyrrestaurant.com/
Hangar On The Wharf 2 Marine Way #106, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 586-5018 3.6 http://www.hangaronthewharf.com/
Red Dog Saloon 278 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 463-3658 3.6 http://www.reddogsaloon.com/
Twisted Fish Co Alaskan Grill 550 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 463-5033 3.6 http://twistedfish.hangaronthewharf.com/
Sandpiper Cafe 429 W Willoughby Ave, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 586-3150 4.1 N/A
Chan’s Thai Kitchen 11806 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-9777 4.3 N/A
Pizzeria Roma 2 Marine Way #104, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 463-5020 3.8 http://pizzeriaroma.hangaronthewharf.com/
The Rookery Cafe 111 Seward St, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 463-3013 4.5 http://www.therookerycafe.com/
Canton House 8585 Old Dairy Rd, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-5075 4.3 http://www.cantonhouse.net/
Southeast Waffle Co 11806 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-2030 3.8 N/A
Seong’s Sushi Bar & Chinese 740 W 9th St, Juneau, AK 99801 4.1 N/A
Valley Restaurant 9320 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-1422 3.6 N/A
El Sombrero Inc 157 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 586-6770 3.7 http://elsombrerojuneau.com/
Bullwinkle’s Pizza Parlor 318 Willoughby Ave, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 586-2400 3.7 http://www.bullwinklespizza.com/
Papa Murphy’s 9108 Mendenhall Mall Rd, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-7567 4.1 http://www.papamurphys.com/
Kenny’s Wok & Teriyaki Sushi Bar 126 Front St, Juneau, Alaska 99801 (907) 586-3575 3.2 N/A
Donna’s Restaurant 9131 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-1470 3.8 http://www.donnasrestaurant.com/
Suwanna Thai Cafe 8800 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-1250 5 N/A
Zen Asian Fusion Cuisine 51 Egan Dr, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 586-5075 3.9 http://www.zenrestaurant.net/
SUBWAY® Restaurants 8777 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-2774 4 http://www.subway.com/subwayroot/default.aspx?rdr=Banners:GooglePlaces:SubwayCom
Mount Roberts Tramway 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801 (888) 461-8726 4.1 http://www.mountrobertstramway.com/
Little Hong Kong 9105 Mendenhall Mall Rd, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 790-2513 3.5 N/A
Peter’s Oriental Food 8745 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 restaurant 4 N/A
Sandbar & Grill 2525 Industrial Blvd, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-8400 3.5 http://www.sandbar.bz/
McDonald’s 2285 Trout St, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-4653 3.8 http://www.mcdonalds.com/
Gold Creek Salmon Bake 1061 Salmon Creek Ln, Juneau, AK 99801 No Phone Found 2.5 http://www.bestofalaskatravel.com/
Vintage Fare Cafe 8745 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-1865 3 N/A
Rockwell 109 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 463-4340 3.6 http://www.rockwelljuneau.com/
Dragon Inn Chinese Cuisine 5000 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 586-4888 5 N/A
The Breakwater Restaurant & Lounge 1711 Glacier Ave, Juneau, AK 99801 monday 3.4 http://www.breakwaterinn.com/
Asiana Gardens 9116 Mendenhall Mall Rd, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 463-3119 4.3 http://www.asianagarden.net/
Jovany’s 9121 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-2339 5 N/A
Udder Culture 9105 Mendenhall Mall Rd, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-1991 3.8 http://www.udderculture.com/
Glacier Restaurant Lounge 1873 Shell Simmons Dr, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-9538 N/A N/A
Vito & Nick’s Pizzaria 9342 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-7070 4 N/A
MI Casa 9200 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-3636 3.6 N/A
Twin Lake Cafe 3239 Hospital Dr, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 586-0124 N/A N/A
Bernadette’s Fast Food 225 Front St, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 523-8062 N/A N/A
Rodfather’s 8745 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-3555 3.9 N/A
Breakwater Inn 1711 Glacier Ave, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 586-6303 2 http://www.breakwaterinn.com/
Latinos Restaurant 115 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 463-4340 4 N/A
Juneau Pizza 9342 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-7070 N/A N/A
AK Fireweed House Bed & Breakfast 8530 N Douglas Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 586-3885 N/A http://www.fireweedhouse.com/
Wings Tours 2 Marine Way, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 586-6275 N/A http://www.wingsairways.om/
Heritage II Go-Airport 9131 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 790-2097 5 N/A
La Salsa Mexican Food 8745 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-0116 4 N/A
Tramar’s Franklin St Diner 339 N Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 463-4091 N/A N/A
Alaskan Culture Center 3788 McGinnis Dr, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 790-8807 N/A N/A
Sep 252013
 

The more important piece of equipment when building a dredge is going to be the engine/motor that you use to power it.  You can skimp on almost all parts but this one.  This is the one part you really cannot create on your own.  With 3d printers getting more popular, at some point it may be possible, but for now its just a pipe dream.  In order to figure out which one best suits your needs I will show you some of the best:

One of the most important specs to think about is what is buying a motor that will match the pump that you are using.  These two have to be in sync with each other or nothing will go right.  The easiest way to figure this out honestly is to look on the manufacturers websites.  You are going to want to figure out how much suction you are going to need which will decide what kind of pump you will need.  Make sure that whatever pump you get matches up with whatever size hose you are going to be using.  I have to say that this is the one mistake that almost every person who has ever dredged for gold will openly tell you they have made at least once before.  You must also remember never to dredge without some sort of air filter because otherwise it will eventually ruin your engine.  You will probably want to change the oil out every 20-25 hours after the first 5 hours (this is because you usually want to change the oil out of an engine after 5 hours because this is just starting oil).

As an innovator myself, I consider pretty much any engine that doesn’t have a whole lot of horsepower an option.  As long as you can make it work with your pump its all golden.  

Sep 242013
 
massagetherapy

I have had a couple of requests in the past for lists of businesses.  I thought I would start to post some over the next month.  I hope it helps some of you find jobs in Alaska:

Result Title Address Phone
Allure Day Spa & Hair Design 142 W 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 258-1122
Land’s End Resort 4786 Homer Spit Rd, Homer, AK 99603 (907) 235-0400
Oriental Healing Arts Center 2636 Spenard Rd #2, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 279-0135
Spaulding Chiropractic Clinic 1221 Noble St, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 456-4234
The Skin Bar (Hair and Body Boutique) 1108 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99508 (907) 720-7828
Spirit Path Yoga & Wellness 4007 Old Seward Hwy #100, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 334-9642
Blue Mountain Wellness studio 1220 S Chugach St, Palmer, AK 99645 (907) 745-9050
East Side Physical Therapy 6901 DeBarr Rd, Anchorage, AK 99504 (907) 332-3778
Dimond Chiropractic Center 750 W Dimond Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99515 (907) 344-0033
Blue Stone Massage Studio 59 College Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 457-8663
Rejuvenation Salon & Spa 3017 Clinton Dr, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 790-3362
Planet Beach Contempo Spa 2001 E 88th Ave # 101, Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 346-7727
Alpine Chiropractic Center 833 Commercial Dr, Wasilla, AK 99654 (907) 376-2475
Soldotna Chiropractic 102 E Redoubt Ave, Soldotna, AK 99669 (907) 262-9117
Sports & Spinal Injury Clinic 6634 Lake Otis Pkwy, Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 522-3511
Laurel Street Chiropractic & Spa 4119 Laurel St, Anchorage, AK 99508 (907) 248-2848
Palmer Therapy & Spa Center 642 S Alaska St, Palmer, AK 99645 (907) 746-6274
Health Balance Massage 203 West 15th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 332-1490 (fax)
Holistic Medical Clinic 222 Front St, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 451-7100
The Alaska Club Midtown 630 E Tudor Rd, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 562-2460
Pure Essentials Day Spa 1716 University Ave S #103, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 457-7873
Anchorage Women’s Clinic 3260 Providence Dr #425, Anchorage, AK 99508 (907) 561-7111
Workplace Massage 8631 Rosalind St, Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 529-1088
Embody Massage Therapy 4050 Lake Otis Pkwy #113, Anchorage, AK 99508 (907) 563-2639
Afternoons and Evenings Chiropractic 201 Old Steese Hwy, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 474-0636
A Special Touch Therapeutic Massage And Hypnotherapy 3535 College Rd #206, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 457-2546
Better Health Pain & Wellness Centers 8840 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99515 (907) 346-5255
Balanced Practice Sitka, AK, (907) 747-8300
Alaska Health Quest 2787 E 42nd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99508 (907) 563-3663
Kindred Spirits Therapeutic 3175 College Rd #3, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 479-6707
Massage Now! 1010 W Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 279-7669
Darae’s Salon & Spa 3389 Minnesota Dr, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 272-3446
The Healing Center Suite 203, 4011 Arctic Blvd Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 561-7041
Frontier Chiropractic 213 E Fireweed Ln, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 274-2225
Wilderness Garden Day Spa 1695 Garden Park, Homer, AK, 99603, 99603 (907) 235-8754
Wave Lengths Hair Design & Day 3060 N Lazy Eight Ct Ste 15, Wasilla, AK 99654 (907) 373-1001
Christine’s Therapeutic Massage 7831 Snow View Dr, Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 273-0651
Country Cutts 432 S Alaska St, Palmer, AK 99645 (907) 745-7809
Hindman Family Chiropractic 13135 Old Glenn Hwy, Eagle River, AK 99577 (907) 696-9090
Wellspring 2231 Jordan Ave, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-1812
Tieszen Chiropractic and Massage 1310 E Dimond Blvd #2, Anchorage, AK 99515 (907) 677-6345
Lee’s Oriental Massage 1431 Old Richardson Hwy, North Pole, AK 99705 (907) 490-0317
Body Mind & Spirit Imports 601 Frontage Rd, Kenai, AK 99611 (907) 283-4200
Arctic Chiropractic 107 Alex Hatley Dr, Bethel, AK 99559 (907) 543-7600
First Choice Physical Therapy 6701 Blondell Dr, Wasilla, AK 99623 (907) 357-9755
Alaska Health Options 2354 Mendenhall Loop Rd, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-1613
Southpaw Pain & Sports Massage 203 W 15th Avenue Suite 203, Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 830-1344
Alaska Chiropractic & Therapy 11901 Business Blvd Ste 108, Eagle River, AK 99577 (907) 694-1285
North Star Chiropractic Wellness Center, LLC 11001 S Center Dr #205, Anchorage, AK 99515 (907) 337-7463
Alaska Advanced Care Chiro 187 S Soldotna Ave, Soldotna, AK 99669 (907) 262-6050
Anahata Homer, AK, (907) 235-9642
Celebrity Nails & Spa 7731 E Northern Lights Blvd #220, Anchorage, AK 99504 (907) 333-6245
Riggs Amber D DC Suite 100, 4341 B St Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 562-2273
Mountain Magic Massage 35477 Kenai Spur Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669 (907) 252-4460
Lotus Salon 1716 University Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 456-9889
Cuts Online Salon & Day Spa 114 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 586-8333
Tropic Massage 2470 E Tudor Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 677-3529
Healthy Aging Alaska Style 3742 Terrace Dr, Anchorage, AK 99502 (907) 230-5052
Alivio Therapeutic Massage 600 W 41st Ave #202a, Anchorage, AK 99517 (907) 441-2994
New Dawn 2200 W Parks Hwy, Wasilla, AK 99654 (907) 357-5552
bodyMechanics Massage Therapy, LLC 3315 Fairbanks St, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 277-2000
West Chiropractic Clinic 138 W Marydale Dr, Soldotna, AK 99669 (907) 262-9171
Amy’s Beauty Salon & Massage 1420 Glacier Ave, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 209-0669
Mulholland Chiropractic Center, LLC 2020 Abbott Rd #2, Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 770-5700
Adkins Chiropractic PC 9138 Arlon St, Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 333-3535
Woodland Wellness Center 459 Farmers Loop Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 456-1571
Therapeutic Solutions, Inc Lakes, Wasilla, AK (907) 376-3060
Alaska Back And Neck Pain Clinic Suite 8, 3120 Denali St Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 277-7757
Altair Chiropractic 3161 E Palmer-Wasilla Hwy, Wasilla, AK 99654 (907) 357-1818
Alaskan Therapeutic Massage 206 E Fireweed Ln, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 258-3333
All About You Bodyworks 2207 E Tudor Rd #33, Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 244-6313
A Dance of Hands Massage 2203 Dunn St, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 209-4900
Luther Chiropractic 1130 W Dimond Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99515 (907) 868-1517
Studio 1 555 W Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 274-0550
GIFTED HANDS MASSAGE 38792 Airport Bypass Rd #5, Kenai, AK 99611 (907) 598-4263
Hetrick Kayleen 491 N Knik St, Wasilla, AK 99654 (907) 232-9501
Anchorage Massage and Myofascial Therapy Center 750 W Dimond Blvd #115, Anchorage, AK 99515 (888) 364-0655
Be Well Massage 2804 W Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99517 (907) 250-2693
Garrett P. Haponski, DC 2401 E 42nd Ave #204, Anchorage, AK 99508 (907) 563-6761
Fairbanks Chiropractic Clinic 728 Gaffney Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 456-6213
Day Breaks 555 W Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 258-1551
Inner Dance Yoga Studio 2610 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 277-7037
The Alaska Club South 10931 S Center Dr, Anchorage, AK 99515 (907) 344-6567
Eagle River Therapeutic Massage & Wellness Center 10421 Vfw Rd #101, Eagle River, AK 99577 (907) 351-7191
Umbrella Spa & Beauty Salon 2808 E Tudor Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 562-2808
Wholesome Touch 654 Wagner Ln, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 378-3725
SpruceWind Healing Arts 114 10th Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 457-2254
Fireweed Chiropractic/Massage 8800 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 790-4053
Lawton Elizabeth 531 S Cobb St, Palmer, AK 99645 (907) 746-3270
Valley Chiropractic Clinic 2203 Jordan Ave, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-9549
Life Rhythms Massage Studio 5970 Telemark Trail, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 590-9330
Back & Neck Pain Relief Center of Wasilla 546 Main St, Wasilla, AK 99654 (907) 376-2600
Body By Duffy 1026 W 10th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 278-3982
Dhani 4240 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 562-1100
Eden Massage 101 College Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 456-4263
Health Quest Massage Fairbanks, AK 99701, (907) 347-1908
Alliance Chiropractic and Wellness Center 4316 Kingston Dr, Anchorage, AK 99504 (907) 337-6770
Accident & Injury Center 218 W 34th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 868-7821
Nuad Thai & Foot Massage 4000 W Dimond Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99502 (907) 243-6664
Iditarub Therapeutic Massage 3970 Voss Dr, Wasilla, AK 99623 (907) 357-5591
Mellow Moose Bodyworks 600 3rd St #103, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 590-7495
Muldoon Massage 171 Muldoon Rd #112, Anchorage, AK 99504 (907) 338-3005
Angie Warnke, Licensed Massage Therapist 333 Shore Ave, Kotzebue, AK 99752 (907) 442-4435
Jaded Body Wellness & Spine Institute 645 N Jessica Brooke Cir, Wasilla, AK 99654 (907) 631-0600
Progressive Chiropractic 11694 Seward Hwy, Seward, AK 99664 (907) 224-8680
Sacred Forest Healing Arts, LLC 2203 Dunn St, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 723-7947
Forget Me Knot Massage, Therapeutic Massage 3800 Hurst Rd, North Pole, AK 99705 (907) 378-2896
R X Massage 2261 Oyster Ave, Ketchikan, AK 99901 (907) 225-7833
TLC Bodyworks 14221 Victor Dr, Seward, AK 99664 (907) 362-2355
Healing Harbor Body Therapy 539 Visna Way, Kodiak, AK 99615 (907) 487-4096
Alaskan Serenity Massage 11806 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 321-0244
Wellsprings Medical Massage 22135 Aurora Borealis Rd, Chugiak, AK 99567 (907) 229-9935
Undo Stress Massage Therapy 1102 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99508 (907) 222-1485
Kneaded Solutions Therapeutic Massage LLC Stacey Cir, Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 223-0635
Excellence In Health Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Clinic 2008 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99508 (907) 562-6325
Body Wisdom 3820 Lake Otis Pkwy, Anchorage, AK 99508 (907) 563-9403
Monsef Chiropractic LLC 8800 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 789-7877
Alaska Women’s Massage 701 W 41st Ave #204, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 331-7815
Chilkat Massage Therapy 800 Glacier Ave, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 209-6337
Body Abode Massage & Bodywork 216 4th Ave, Seward, AK 99664 (907) 491-0505
Denali Sun Therapeutic Massage 59 College Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 452-4224
LA Sun & Set, Salon and Day Spa 8811 Toloff St, Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 346-7722
Body Boutique 1450 Creste Foris St, Wasilla, AK 99654 (907) 357-1060
Chiropractic Nutrition 7926 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99518 (907) 344-2225
Lazarus Chiropractic 535 W 9th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501 (877) 839-0904
Dr. Joseph A. Shepro D.C. 2243 Jordan Ave, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 790-3371
Natural Therapeutic Massage 1201 W Tudor Rd, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 562-0796
Jasmine L. Nickell, LMT 104 Kutter Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 799-4074
Soma Wellness 3333 Denali St #150, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 563-7662
Pure Skincare Boutique 920 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 258-7873
Healing Arts Massage Studio 1407 W 31st Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 222-4939
Wolf Julie Cordova, AK 99574, (907) 429-4499
Mountain View Chiropractic 5461 E. Mayflower Suite 6, Wasilla, AK 99654 (907) 357-6688
Alaska Healing Arts Chiro Inc 2490 E 42nd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99508 (907) 561-4325
Snow Blossom Acupuncture 615 E 82nd Ave #302, Anchorage, AK 99518 (907) 245-7669
The Alaska Club East 5201 E Tudor Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 337-9550
Diamond Therapeutic Massage 8225 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99518 (907) 349-8858
Alaska Naturally 4101 Patricia Ln, Anchorage, AK 99504 (907) 333-1506
Ed Toal, Certified Rolfing® 880 H St #206, Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 279-9444
Tanasy Tanning & Massage LLC 2101 Abbott Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 344-6292
Mitkof Massage Therapy Danya Davis LMP, PO Box 901 Petersburg, AK 99833 (907) 518-0829
Rebound Sport & Spine 1301 S Seward Meridian Pkwy, Wasilla, AK 99654 (907) 631-3416
Alaskan Natural Care Acupuncture Clinic 3310 Arctic Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 435-7060
Advanced Body Solutions, Inc. 626 Cordova St, Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 277-5525
Ka’malu 506 Marine Way W #2, Kodiak, AK 99615 (907) 486-0308
Tao Massage 300 E Dimond Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99515 (907) 349-6858
A Caring Touch Massage Therapy 407 Gaffney Rd #2, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 750-6849
Cindy Earley-Steinke’s Birth Alaska Natural Childbirth Classes 6431 Norm Dr, Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 344-6210
jadestherapeutic massage 505 Illinois St, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 374-7044
Sandra M. Sandvik, LMT 300 W Swanson Ave #104, Wasilla, AK 99654 (907) 357-8483
Frontier Therapy Services 2421 E Tudor Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 646-9774
Whole Family Chiropractic 600 E 36th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 562-3060
Healing Journeys 1401 W 34th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 272-4325
Karlyn L. Skutca, LMT 800 E Dimond Blvd #3, Anchorage, AK 99515 (907) 344-7788
Alaska Healing Touch 951 E Bogard Rd #103, Wasilla, AK 99654 (907) 631-3673
Bodyworks 535 2nd Ave # 208, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 479-2282
Shailey Tripp, LMT 5800 Columbus Way #2, Wasilla, AK 99654 (907) 373-3329
Mark Hutton 35021 Kenai Spur Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669 (907) 260-1914
Antswers Russian Jack Park, Anchorage, AK (888) 818-1643
Ridgeview Chiropractic 570 Riverstone Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 458-8633
Right Place Rolfing 2610 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 229-1085
Alaska Center For Natural Medicine 3039 Davis Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 452-3600
Just Breath Massage 44539 Sterling Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669 (907) 252-3606
Radiant Life Center 7040 W Silver Dr, Wasilla, AK 99623 (907) 373-5433
Campus Therapeutic Massage 106 Stdent Recreation Center, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 474-6806
Infinity Medi Spa LLC 591 N Knik St, Wasilla, AK 99654 day spa
Angelic Touch 2737 W 67th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99502 (907) 227-3976
One Stop Tanning Too 500 Main St, Wasilla, AK 99654 (907) 373-3741
Baranof Chiropractic 310 Erler St, Sitka, AK 99835 (907) 747-8502
Marcia S. Eskridge, LMT 6134 E 22nd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99504 (907) 332-4263
Gregg M. Miller, LMT 5461 Mayflower Ln #5, Wasilla, AK 99654 (907) 376-5757
Valdez Chiropractic & Massage 310 Egan Ave, Valdez, AK 99686 (907) 835-8777
Alaska Pain & Injury Clinic 2008 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99508 (907) 677-9215
Arctic Chiropractic West Mat-Su 802 S Rainbow St, Wasilla, AK 99629 (907) 373-7237
Massage By Nanci 337 Egan Ave, Valdez, AK 99686 (907) 835-5345
Serene Senses Massage Located within Kindred Spirits, 3175 College Rd #3 Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 388-0928
Alaska Massage Center 281 N Main St # 101B, Wasilla, AK 99654 (907) 373-7117
Michelle’s European Body 1623 W 15th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 334-9546
Body Mind Soul 626 Cordova St, Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 375-0930
Talon Lodge Sitka, AK 99835, (480) 636-7710
Qigong For Health Alaska 946 Cowles St, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 479-4263
Andrew D Mattson Certified 610 Attla Way #14, Kenai, AK 99611 (907) 283-3500
Phormation Chiropractic & Day Spa; Dr. Branid Heath DC 35322 Kenai Spur Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669 (907) 262-9222
Northern Chiropractic PC 11723 Old Glenn Hwy, Eagle River, AK 99577 (907) 696-4878
Case’s Healing Hands Massage 920 E 72nd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99518 (907) 550-2897
DiamondHeart 942 Tyonek Drive, Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 274-2359
Health and Healing Therapy 2518 E Tudor Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 980-1669
Luminary, LLC 1838 W Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99517 (907) 279-1838
Northern Comfort Massage 6160 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99518 (907) 337-7150
Konnekting Lynx 4506 Lake Otis Pkwy, Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 320-0306
Chi Quest Therapeutic & Body 4120 Laurel St, Anchorage, AK 99508 (907) 569-0550
Sun Spa 500 Muldoon Rd, Anchorage, AK 99504 (907) 333-0020
Esprit de Corps Massage S. Birchwood Loop, Chugiak, AK 99567 (907) 440-6870
Peninsula Health Center 33870 Polar St, Soldotna, AK 99669 (907) 260-4844
Mystic Lights Massage 8920 Lakehurst Dr, Anchorage, AK 99502 (907) 245-1549
Jonathan Vito, D.C. 8840 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99515 (907) 346-5255
The Alaska Club Muldoon Express 7731 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99504 (907) 338-2639
The Alaska Club 1720 E Parks Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99654 (907) 376-3300
The Alaska Club Summit 11001 S Center Dr #103, Anchorage, AK 99515 (907) 365-7300
The Alaska Club Fairbanks North 150 Eagle Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 456-1914
The Alaska Club Palmer Express 535 W Evergreen Ave, Anchorage, AK 99645 (907) 745-6677
Alaska Club Downtown, The 641 W Willoughby Ave, Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 586-5773
The Alaska Club for Women 1450 W Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 264-2700

 

Sep 132013
 
Juneau, Alaska port of call.
Juneau, Alaska port of call.

Juneau, Alaska port of call. (Click to Enlarge)

Name: Juneau, Alaska
Population: Borough – 32,154 | City – 17,311
Elevation: 56ft (17m)
Website: www.juneau.org

Juneau, Alaska is a rare breed when it comes to being a city inside the United States.  This is not only because its the Capital of the largest state in the United States but it also covers the largest area over land by more than four times the next largest Capital City.  On top of all of that, it has the fifth lowest population of any Capital City.  When you think of Capitals you tend to think of larger cities when in actuality (this is one of the largest cities in the state).  People who live here are called Juneauites which is weird when you look at it but flows quite nicely when saying.  Auke and Taku tribe’s settled here and in the surrounding areas for thousands of years before people first discovered the area.  This enabled this area to become a center for social events for several tribes.  1790′s is when the first Europeans came and explored the area but actually ended up designating the area unreachable via boat and therefore pointless to explore further.  Unlike other parts of Alaska, Juneau has more of a temperate climate (relative to other temps across Alaska).  Record highs in July have seen 90 degrees.  If you are just looking for some hiking and camping to do, Juneau is a great place to do that too.  Just be sure you bring the right kind of gear because it tends to rain all year round (except when its snowing).  If you want to learn more about Alaska’s Capital City then I suggest you check their city website out because it will not only have the most up to date news, but is also a great resource for any specific information you might need for your trip.  They also have a whole host of webcams that you can view from their site which will give you an idea of what life is like live in Juneau.

Things to do:

  • Alaska State Museum – museums.alaska.gov
  • House of Wickersham
  • Juneau-Douglas City Museum
  • Patsy Ann Statue
  • Mount Roberts Tram
  • Trails

Places to stay:

  • Best Western – Grandma’s Feather Bed
  • Best Western – Country Lane Inn
  • Juneau Aspen Suites Hotel
  • Travelodge Juneau Airport
  • Juneau Hotel
  • Westmark Baranof Hotel
  • Frontier Suites Airport Hotel
  • Driftwood Lodge
  • Super 8 Motel – Juneau
  • Extended Stay America – Shell Simmons Drive
  • Goldbelt Hotel Juneau
  • Sally’s Bed and Breakfast
  • The Alaskan Hotel & Bar
  • Prospector Hotel
  • Breakwater Inn
  • Blueberry Lodge

Food to eat - There are quite a few restaurants in Juneau so we decided to do some extra research and figure out where the best ones are.  If you would like to learn more about how we figured all of this out you can start by going to one of several websites such as:  TripAdvisor, UrbanSpoon, and Google Places

  • Tracy’s King Crab Shack
  • Jerry’s Meats & Seafood
  • The Rookery Cafe
  • Sandpiper Cafe
  • Paradise Cafe
  • The Sandbar
  • Red Dog Saloon
  • Pie in the Sky
  • Alaskan Crepe Escape
  • Southeast Waffle Company
  • Chan’s Thai Kitchen
  • Seong’s Sushi Bar & Chinese
  • Island Pub
  • Suwanna Cafe
  • El Zarape
  • Pel’ Meni
  • Pizzeria Roma

Parks:

  • Douglas Parks
  • Downtown Parks
  • Valley Parks
  • Lemon Creek Parks
  • Treadwell Historic Trail – Map

 


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Sep 112013
 
carmacks

carmacks

Name: Carmacks, Yukon
Population: 503
Elevation: 1,768ft (539m)
Website: www.carmacks.ca

Carmacks is a very interesting city in that it houses one of only four bridges that crosses the nearly 2,000 mile (3,190 kilometer) long Yukon River.  The Yukon River is home to one of the longest salmon runs in the entire world.  Villages like Carmacks rely on the return of the salmon every year for their cultural, subsistence, and commercial needs.  Only recently has there been problems in numbers for all of these villages.  Some people blame global climate change which has been said to have affected all wildlife including freshwater salmon while others say its because of the number of people fishing and the methods being used.  The village Carmacks was named after George Washington Carmack who discovered coal nearby in 1891.  It started out as just a trading post and eventually a coal mining operation was installed.  Western Silver currently operates a zinc-copper mine near Carmacks.  There are several ways to get to Carmacks, Yukon.  You can take the Klondike Highway South from Dawson, Yukon through Pelly Crossing or North from Whitehorse, Yukon.  The other way by driving is the Robert Campbell Highway which can be reached from Watson Lake, Yukon and dead ends in Carmacks.  This “highway” is mainly gravel though so your best bet is to stick to the Klondike Highway.

Things to do:

  • Frenchman Lake
  • Tage Cho Hudan Interpretive Centre
  • Carmacks Recreation Centre
  • Snowmobiling
  • ATV Adventures
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Terry Fox Run
  • Ridge Walk Trail

Places to stay:

Food to eat:

Parks:

Map of town/City:


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Nov 192012
 
golddredge

For this weeks How To series I have chosen to reach out to all those “Gold Miners” out there.  I am not really talking about true miners here, more the type of person who has some extra cash and would not mind trying to dredge for gold on a larger scale than someone who goes into a stream with a pan.  This article is not going to cover everything about getting gold out of the ground.  This one is mainly about building the sluice box for the dredge.  With a gold dredge, there is still not as much equipment that you have to pack into wherever you are going, but you are still going to be able to move a lot of dirt and get a decent amount of concentrate at the end of a long day.  If you get a large enough consistent water stream going (usually assisted by some sort of pump) then you can funnel material (dirt, gold, rocks, etc) through a sluice box which will naturally have slower spots (where gold being heavier than most other materials found in streams will fall into the ripples while the rest of the material shoots on out the back via the water.  

You might thing that the Sluice Box has to best set up perfectly and mathematically.  This really is not the case as really the flow of water is what is key.  The general rule of thumb when building a sluice box is that there be a one inch drop for every one foot of length.  A four foot sluice box is going to also need 4 inches of drop.  Heavier rocks can destroy a sluice box so its best to build a wind dam or something to keep the bigger rocks from going into the sluice box.  A hint that I might add is that the longer the sluice box, the more potential you have for picking up material and gold.  Obviously once they get to a certain length it starts to become difficult to carry them around, but if you can somehow figure out a way to build one that folds, you might be able to keep it long and still backpack it somewhere if need be.  

Here are three different dudes letting you know how they built their sluice boxes.



Nov 182012
 

I have decided to supply you with a pretty cool set up that has been recreated in animation. This video will show how you can add micro-generation and renewable energy resources to reduce carbon emissions and reduce heating costs to a new or existing build. The short animated video will also give you a brief over view about underfloor heating, solar thermal, photovaltaic and air source and ground source heating. Check out the video and maybe you will get some ideas for the future. This is a fairly unique concept that could save you thousands of dollars in the end (especially if you are planning on living in Alaska at some point).

 

Nov 172012
 

For this series we have been showing you cabins that have either been designed or built by regular people like you or me.  The difference is that these people spent very little money making their cabin complete.  Think of this as a how-to build inexpensively.  Remember that one of the best things you can do as far as making your build inexpensive is by using the land that you have around you as much as possible.  If you are building a cabin in the woods, this is perfect because you can mostly use trees (depending on what kind of trees are around you) to build the house.  All that is needed from there is a bit of equipment for cutting, shaping and moving them around.  

Here is a sketchup of how the cabin is going to look once finished. This is a really cool way of making sure you that you get everything that you need correct for your build. You can take use some programs to take your sketch and put it into plan form. This makes the first part of building a cabin pretty easy. The user disabled embedding of the video so here is a link to the video: http://youtu.be/T-Xvv3JmuNo. Here is another one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u_AsHbPCl4&feature=share&list=PL8D480267C0B4E448. And another one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUNrIKIvDE4&feature=share&list=PL8D480267C0B4E448. I promise that this is the last one I will show you. Its a sketchup of the staircase in the cabin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsmjyAaKgh4&feature=share&list=PL8D480267C0B4E448.

Nov 162012
 

Once you have bought your land, you are going to need to set up property boundaries and in some cases map out your property. You have to understand that outside of that boundary you have no say what happens. When you buy your land you will have a property deed. You will need this deed in order to figure out exactly where your boundaries are. This is honestly the first and most important step to the process as you should always have all of your paperwork in order.

What are Property Deeds?


The next step will be to gather as much information about your property as possible. There are a couple of places you can go to find the information you need. These places include City Hall and the County Courthouse. One of those places 9 times out of 10 will have the information you are looking for. Each City/County keeps records of every inch of the area it covers. You might also check the Tax Appraisal District Office. A lot of times they will actually have a database of information online.

Information that you are looking for:

  • Description of Your Property
  • Surveyor’s Notes
  • Road Descriptions

Determine Your Surveying Method

Metes and Bounds Method

Gathering All of Your Supplies

This is one of those obvious steps that need to be taken.  There really is not much to say about this step other than here are some things you might not think to grab that you will probably at some point need:

  • Property Deed
  • Public Records
  • GPS Unit
  • Compass
  • Plum Bob
  • Red Ribbon/Tape
  • Spikes/Nails (8 inches +)
  • Another Person

Search For Boundary Markers

Complete the Survey

Determine the Size of the Property

This can either be really easy or the exact opposite.  If you have a simple shaped property like a square or rectangle it will be a lot easier.  The more sides you have to a property, the more complicated the calculation is going to be. Here is a link to a TLC site that tells you how to determine the square footage of something: http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/measure-square-footage.htm

Here are some more videos that could help you with your study of surveying. Remember that practice makes perfect and that goes for surveying too.

Nov 112012
 

So for the second part of our weekly Micro-Generator Series I have decided to talk about some new technology (at least to me). I was doing some research on wind turbines and when I looked at alternatives I stumbled across this Windbelt technology. With a little research I was actually able to find quite a bit of information (except where to buy one). I will continue looking and hopefully by the end of the article I will have something.  First I will let you check out the video which was the first thing I found:

From that video (which I gotta say kind of blew my mind) I was able to find quite a bit more information. First you can check out the Wikipedia page (not sure if you are into that site or not) located here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windbelt and then from there I figured out that the kid who came up with this technology won some prize (2007 Breakthrough Award) back in 2007 via Popular Mechanics. Still, I am not able to find out how to buy this. He says that it only costs $10 to make but yet I can not find it for sale anywhere. I continue my search to find that he (Shawn Frayne) started a company called Humdinger Wind Energy:

Company Link: http://www.humdingerwind.com
Humdinger Light Up Windcell: http://www.humdingerwind.com/pdf/lightup_windcell.pdf

With a little further research I was able to uncover that this Shawn fellow is now located in the Philippines (Manila to be exact) and he is working on Solar now creating whats called the Solar Pocket Factory. Should be interesting to see what comes of it in the future. If you want to help them out and see what they are all about be sure to check out their KickStarter page in which you can donate anywhere from $10 – $10,000+.

Nov 102012
 

This little cabin is hidden deep in the forests of northern Minnesota. Built in the 1920′s and still being inhabited during the 1950 census has now become a special place for a lot of people. Jack L. brought his bride back here in the early 1950′s for their honeymoon year. He then sold it to Everett B. and his fellow farmer/deer hunters. While out exploring on skis Martin happened upon it in 1986 and was able to purchase it with some friends. Many great memories have happened since then.

Nov 092012
 

We have started yet another series. This one will include how-to videos and websites that will help you on your travels, jobs, and building a sustainable homestead.  One of my goals when creating this website was to be able to help people create the best homestead of their own for the cheapest possible price.  I went into this with just skills I had picked up through the Boy Scouts as a young man.  I have no construction experience and most of my research takes place either in a library or online.   If I can do it, so can you.  It all starts with doing your research and understanding what it takes to set up a goal and reach it.  Once you have figured that out it always helps to have people around you (two heads are better than one kind of thing).  Out in the Bush, people are friendly but if you are really out there, you could be completely on your own.

Without any further interruption, I would like to introduce you to our first article in the “How To Series.”  This is a set of Youtube videos which show the various ways to debark/peel a log.  

How to peel a Log Home log with a draw knife, also how to skip peel a log after debarking has taken place.

Barking some split logs of black locust with an old broad axe.



How to peel a Log Home log with a draw knife, also how to skip peel a log after debarking has taken place.



Sort of like a Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, except in Maine.

Nov 052012
 

If you are looking for a vacation and are wanting to leave the United States, you should consider going to a country that is not currently using the Euro.  Why is this?  Because the Euro (while it might be weak right now) is still stronger than the Dollar and therefore not going to get you very far in places like the United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, etc.  In Eastern Europe, the Euro is few and far between which makes buying things there relatively easy (as long as you exchange currency ahead of time at a bank) and inexpensive. 

My Top 20 Destinations in Europe’s Non-Eurozone (not in any order)

  1. Switzerland
  2. Croatia
  3. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  4. Serbia
  5. Albania
  6. Macedonia
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Romania
  9. Hungary
  10. Czech Republic
  11. Poland
  12. Lithuania
  13. Latvia
  14. Sweden
  15. Belarus
  16. Ukraine
  17. Moldova
  18. Russia
  19. Turkey
  20. Norway

If you are looking for some relief and elevation then Switzerland, Norway, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania and Croatia are going to be your best bet.  If you were to take a look at a map of all 20 of these countries you would see that most of them lay in the Eastern part of Europe (with Switzerland and Norway being the only exceptions).  If you are looking for the least expensive route, I suggest you stick with Eastern Europe because your Dollar/Euro/Whatever is going to go strong over there.  You should always be checking local prices in local currency.  I have a few friends scattered all over the World which is how I keep updated on events and what not.  You can always check back here if you want to know more about picking up and moving.  I feel as humans like we are meant to be nomadic.  If we didn’t move around and stayed in the same spot for generations, how would that become interesting?

Nov 042012
 

I thought I would hook you guys up with a decent map of the Alaska Marine Highway System.  If you are from the lower 48 States or another country you might be wondering what a Marine Highway System is…well basically since Alaska is so big with most of the population living on the southern coast water becomes a huge means of transportation.  So in 1948 a couple of Haines, Alaska residents started a business that would eventually be bought out by the government and renamed to the Alaska Marine Highway in 1951.  In October of 1989 the Southern most route was moved to Bellingham, Washington which connected the contiguous 48 States with Alaska.

Official Website: http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/pubs/

You can find Routes and Running times here: http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/routes.shtml

**Click on the map in order to make it bigger**

Nov 042012
 

So on top of our Cabin Series I have decided that I would love to showcase as many people who have set up their own personal micro-generation set ups.  Our first set up is featured by Greg Grant and Linda Vigil.  Greg lives in Northwest Montana and has lived the past 10 years of his life in a house that only cost $2500.  If you know anything about Montana, its that its cold in the winter.  Having spent an entire year there myself, I understand just how cold it can get.  He really gives you a good idea as to how easy it is to live off the grid on your own.  He had some help from people but for the most part set everything up himself.

I hope you have enjoyed this series so far. We will be adding more in the weeks to come. Expect to see one part per week in the future.