Wednesday, September 26, 2007

More Driveway Pictures

The driveway is in and held up well to the pouring rain we had the past couple of days. I may decide to line the ditch with cobble stone, but I'll see how it all holds up after break up next spring.

And the bottom of the path close to the spring is pretty muddy. We'll look at it again next spring, but I may have a load or 2 of gravel dumped on it when the foundation is being dug out.

The spring is rather muddy, I'm hoping it clears up after the spring thaw. There is a flexible pipe buried that should let the spring water flow into the pond down the hill.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Fall Colors

Wednesday I drove up to Anchorage for a dentist appointment. Driving home on Thursday I took a lot of photo's of the color changes. We don't get all of the reds & oranges, but the yellow are beautiful too. These pictures don't reall capture all the shades of yellow and gold through the pass. And you can see a little termination dust in the 2nd picture which I took at Summit Lake.

And then here is a Friday morning picture of my lot.Greg & Joe have all the alder burned and should be doing a little finish up work today. Then we'll be done until spring.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

What a difference a day makes.

Here is a picture from Monday afternoon, which was pretty nice and mostly sunny.

And then here are a couple from this morning (Tuesday). It's a bit more overcast. But the driveway construction continues. Hopefully this first part will be done by this afternoon. It will allow us to get the excavation equipment in next June to dig out the foundation, etc.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Driveway Construction Part 2

Today started out cloudy & misty, which was good for burning, so Greg got started with the driveway. Then the sun came out and the wind came up, so he had to let the fire die down. He may burn some more tomorrow, but most likely will have to wait until it snows. The road fabric is 17 feet wide, so the driveway shouldn't be too narrow.

Friday, September 14, 2007

More Fire Pictures

The wildland fire smoke continues to drift in and out. Sometimes faint, sometimes very thick. Here are some pictures of the fire, I don't know who took them.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Smokey Deadhorse

Yesterday the wind switched around and came from the south. With it came all this smoke from a wild fire between here and the Brooks Range.

It's really thick and stinky. My hair smells like I've been sitting around a camp fire all night.

Friday, September 07, 2007

And More!

Wow, I should have waited 20 min. 2 more just landed. I guess we have a Congressional Tour going on. Our Federal Tax dollars are at work.

Important Visitors

Today started out pretty quiet. Normal cloudy fall weather but flyable, so everything is running smoothly. To liven up a quiet day, these private jets started to arrive. Someone important is up visiting the field. The 'entourage' showed up about 8:30 am and Security picked them up. Then the corporate jet showed up empty about 2:10 pm. So someone very important is going home on it. I'd guess back to the UK.

It certainly is a pretty plane.

Wikipedia says:
The Gulfstream V (also referred to as the G-V) first flew in 1995, was certified in 1997, and was one of the first "ultra-long range" (~6000 nautical miles) business aircraft. Capable of carrying up to 16 people in standard seating configurations, and able to fly up to 6,500 nautical miles (12,038 km), the GV became the longest range business jet ever made (at the time of its introduction).

And here is the entourage. There were 3, these 2 Falcons stayed and the Citation left. I didn't get a picture of it.

Here's what the manufactures web site has to say:
The Falcon 2000EX swiftly rises above.
An inspired airframe, a remarkable wing and two Pratt & Whitney Canada engines give the Falcon 2000EX the ability to sprint up to 3800 nautical miles at Mach .80 and fly shorter trips even faster.
Cabin Height 6 ft 2 in
Cabin Width 7 ft 8 in
6 passengers