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2017 SUMMER BLOG – “Summer” Begins in Alaska

The old Moose Sign was more than 10 years old and it was beat up and worn out.  We decided that it was time to move the old guy into the shop, where we glued him back together and repainted him.  Then we placed him on the front porch of the Lodge under the roof where the weather wasn’t so hard on him.  He had served us well and we wanted to preserve him.


Besides there was going to be a big change in the Kasilof RV Park this summer.


We had decided to change from an overnight RV park to an Extended-Stay Campground where you could relax for a week, a month or the whole summer. That way we would have a chance to get to know you and you would have time to meet the other campers in the Park.  We have found it was impossible to get to know people when then only stay one night, plus all the coming and going of campers was about to wear us out.

So we made the change and by golly it worked out great!  We only had 43 separate campers this summer instead of the 183 in 2016.  We got to know everybody, had lots of fun and actually got to eat our evening meal regularly without having to check a new camper into the park.  We had several campers that came to spend a week and enjoyed themselves so much that they stayed the entire summer with us.


Getting Ready to Open


Mark and Christine decided they wanted to come up to help us open up the Park this year.  They had helped us close the Park several years ago so they wanted to find out how to open it up.  The picture shows them helping me put up our canopy tent where we store some of our tools and vehicles during the summer.  Christine cleaned all the bathrooms and the Lodge for Jan and Mark replaced a lot of our old florescent lights with LED lights and put up a new outside night light for the Lodge bathrooms.  Then he helped install our flags on the Lodge roof.

 

 

As soon as the Park was up and running, Texas John and Kim arrived for the summer.
Our major improvement project for the summer was to be the addition of sewer lines to three more of our campsites.

 


But First We Fish


HALIBUT FISHING  – Bob and Sally took Texas John, Jan and me on a Halibut trip in late May.  The day was beautiful, sunny skies, no wind and a beautiful day on the Inlet. Our first stop looked good with two other commercial guide boats in the same area, but all we could catch were sharks so we left for another of Bob’s spots.  Although we got trapped in the sea week once, the fishing was great and we caught or limit of two apiece although two are already on the cleaning table.  Jan caught the biggest at 60#.

 


SEWER LINE ADDITION


Since we are reducing the number of people in the Park in the future we decided to add three of the back row campsites to the sewer system.  However, campsite #14 was at a lower level than # 15 and #16.  Although the specks for the original sewer system indicated that the sewer level was 8 feet below the surface, we decided to check the sewer connection at campsite #8.

John and I dug around the sewer outlet on campsites #8 and #4 to determine how deep the main line was below the surface at each campsite.  Much to our disappointment, we found that the line was only buried 3 feet below the surface of the ground and the main line was only 12 inches below the surface at campsite #4 where we wanted to connect the third sewer line to campsite #14.  The result was that we had to eliminate putting a sewer line into campsite #14.  We realized that **IT doesn’t run uphill!

 

We rented a backhoe to dig a trench from campsite # 8 to campsites # 15 and #16.  John had experience running a backhoe so he became the digger.  Richard Pierce came over to help and we gave John a lot of suggestions and moral support (headaches) as he dug the ditch.

 

As John was digging, he found a layer of clay that was frozen like permafrost.  It was a layer about 6 to 8 inches thick that was used to keep the upper surface of dirt and gravel from penetrating into the old glacier rock and soil beneath.  He dug it all out below the area where the pipe would be laid so the permafrost would not freeze the water in the pipe early in the spring when the  ground was still cold.

 

We then tamped down dirt in the bottom of the ditch in a gental rise such that the pipe would drain without any low spots and glued all the pipe together.  Then John came back with the backhoe and pushed the dirt back down on the pipe to cover it.  The Tubbs Gravel Company came in a week later and put fresh gravel over all the campsites in the park and leveled them out.  We have to do that every 3 or 4 years because we get sink holes and bad spots in the campsites.

 

2017 SUMMER BLOG – Spring to July 4th

Spring is such a great time in the Park before the main crowd comes for the summer, the Park is quiet and as it begins to bud and bloom.  The animals begin to show for the summer and we occasionally get to see birds that are migrating to the tundra of the north for the summer such as the swan on Johnson Lake across the road.

In the late spring, we normally get to see our momma moose with the scares on her side and she usually brings one or two little ones with her when she visits the Park.  This year we saw her twice shortly after we got here and she didn’t look like she was going to have a baby this spring.  Not long after she was in the park, a yearling heifer moose with an orange collar.  She really looked like her mother with the same coloring and the same bushy, blond fur on the hump of her back.  It’s not the first time that the calves that have been born in the Park or close by have come back to visit us often and sometimes have even had calves of their own in or near the Park.  A few years ago, we had a pair of yearling twins that spent a lot of time in the Park.  They used to tease us by pretending to eat our flowers and vegetables although we never saw them actually eat anything.  And the next year, the female of the pair birth her own calf in the Park right under our living room window.  Later in the spring we did have a momma moose bring her new calf into the park several times, but we never got a picture of the two of them until later that fall.  You will see that photo later in the blog.


Collecting Poop – who knew?


Now my sister, Sally had a good idea about using female moose poop, the small tubes of dried grass, twigs, leaves and other vegetation that female moose eat.  She decided to collect the poop and then soak them in hot wax.  Then when they dried, you could put them in the wood in the fireplace and light them, and then they would light the larger wood for the fire.

We have a lot of moose poop in the park in the spring.

We are big fans of Kansas University Basketball and try to watch all the games during the season.  We have seat pads to use around the firepit from some of the universities in the Big 12 and some from other family members from other universities such as Nebraska and Purdue.  We are always eager to get seat pads from other universities to hang on our wall and this summer we added a new one.  John and Kim Brooks, who are regular summer residents of the Park are BIG Texas fans, so this year we gave them a special opportunity to add their seat pad to the Park Wall. She was desperately trying to put it higher that the other Big 12 pads but it wouldn’t stay that high.


4th of July


On the 4th of July we had a special Potluck dinner for the entire Park.  We invited all of the Park residents to come spend the afternoon with us, asked them to bring their own favorite potluck dish and we would furnish hamburgers, brats, hot dogs and all the fixings!

Plus we had our own famous guitarist, banjo player and singer, Bill Jackson from Montrose, CO entertaining the crowd.


WHAT A PARTY IT WAS!