We are a friendly but busy family of three (2 daughters are off at college) on the beautiful Kenai Peninsula. Katie works part-time, John is an internal medicine doc and Katharine our youngest daughter 16yo is still in school. We live in a little village/town/hamlet on the central Kenai Peninsula 20 minutes south of Soldotna, with a scenic view over the Kasilof River valley. We live together with 20 beautiful sled dogs (including two sets of puppies this year), two horses, a few inside dogs and a cat named Norman. When we are not busy with work, school, sports and other activities, we run our sled dogs nearly daily in the winter and keep a little family table farm in the summer. We have two horses and a super friendly cat named Norman
We had two workawayers in late '17 who stayed with us after they stayed with a friend involved with workaway. Those were nice experiences so we decided to join as well (in fact, this description of our family was originally written by workawayer #2, Alfiana! - Thanks Alfa.). Since then, we have shared our winter with a slew more really cool fun people from all over the world. Its been nice to get to know these open and engaged folks, plus having the daily animal chores done (which we've been doing ourselves for 20+ years) is an added bonus.
We run our dogs recreationally all winter long (which is a total blast and sublimely lovely) and spend the summers working the gardens and greenhouse as well as camping, hiking, boating and all the other fun things summer up here has to offer. In between summer and winter we do those shoulder season tasks - like collecting firewood, processing the great produce that the summer provides, etc. The gardens, greenhouse and bees keep us occupied all summer and fill our cold storage with staples. Running the dogs with a 4-wheeler in the fall before snowfall is also a blast.
We could use some help taking care of the animals, the greenhouses, and the garden, and accomplishing the little chores around the house.. and sharing your stories, perspective, and life. From our standpoint, we’d like someone who wants to be wholeheartedly engaged with the dogs and their care in the winter, and interested in growing things (planting, weeding, harvesting, processing) in the summer. We’ve had some really great self-starter workawayers who liked to be given a project and just go off and do a good quality job on their own.
If you would like to spend some time with sled dogs and enjoy our pretty wholesome northcountry life, we would love to have the helping hand and get to know you. We are pretty blessed with the gig we have up here, and in general we make an effort to make our workawayer’s stay here fun, trying to accommodate/guide them on day trips or longer.
Help in the house
If you want to experience Alaska, learn a bit more about sled dogs, like to spend time with horses and like outdoor activities, the Kenai Peninsula is a beautiful place to be. Our home is marginally remote but not off the grid. We live on 80 acres bordering an enormous wildlife preserve on the Kasilof River 5-10 river miles downriver from huge Lake Tustumena
Help taking care of the animals: preparing the food, feeding, cleaning the horse stalls or the dog yard and spending time with them - nearly everyone falls in love with the dogs - they are super social, loving not to mention exceptional athletes. In the summer there will be a bunch of garden and greenhouse (20 x 50 feet) work. We can also use help with little chores around the house.
English, Chinese, reasonable Spanish, some Italian
You will have a spacious private room above the garage with a nice wood stove (see pictures) and a kettle, hot plate, etc. One thing, you will have to share it with Norman, our super friendly cat! We have bikes that workawayers frequently use, and taking an old retired sled dog on a walk to the state park near us has been a common habit our workawayers seem to enjoy.
We live close to a nice park and a river. In the winter it is lovely to hike, come with us when we run the dogs, summer it is also hiking and you could enjoy the river. We have kayaks, bikes and you could explore nature a bit. The Kenai Peninsula is very pretty but transport is limited so if you would like to be really mobile renting a car could be an option. If you have plans to explore and travel further we could help you plan your trip.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 3 hours a day, 6 days a week
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