After spending most of the winter suffering from Covid... yes, even in this rural place... I am finally on the mend. That meant a lot of changes including me getting a job out of town and I will only be here sporadically; mostly weekends.
If you are already in Alaska this summer then it will probably work out better. I don't want to commit to people who are out of State and then have things fall through on my end. Late September and early October could also work as I'll be finishing up my job.
Here's what I have...
An awesome 14" round yurt with electricity and internet... on a lake... with beautiful birches and birds and moose...
I live in a cabin and have a yurt on 24 acres. I think volunteers would be interested in staying in the boreal forest (spruce/birch) and learn a bit about life in the far north... I heat with wood but I do have electricity. I have one sled dog. I live alone and work full time so it has been difficult to keep up with all the things around the homestead. I could use some help. :)
Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
Cuidado de animales
Cocinar para toda la familia
Ayuda con ordenadores/Internet
I am a former park ranger (Denali National Park) and outdoor educator and can teach you about Alaska history, plants and animals, processing salmon or butchering moose depending on the season and a lot more. I have 24 acres of peaceful Alaskan boreal forest. You can learn what it is like to live in a small rural village in Alaska. You can learn about sled dogs, building, heating with wood, berry picking, smoking salmon. There is a lake to canoe and stand up paddleboard and swim in when it is warm enough. I also have a sauna. I have bicycles and a spare car.
Here are my projects:
Finishing building the log shed. It was started last September and the roof still needs to be put up. This entails cutting small spruce trees, peeling them and setting them in place.
Some rehabilitation on the sauna is needed. It is functional but needs some TLC.
Staining boards for siding. Finish putting siding up on my house. This is an easy job and not even too high off the ground (8' ladder). It goes fast with two people.
Painting the trim on my house.
Building a boardwalk. Every Workaway person has helped build my boardwalk. It is about 50 feet long and I need another 50 feet built.
Haul, split and stack firewood. This is an endless chore but fun and mindless.
Brushing out a trail on my property using small hand tools (lopper, saw). This project has been on the list forever and never seems to get done. Maybe this is the year!
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You would be sleeping in a 14' yurt. The yurt is heated with a wood stove. There is a double bed in the yurt... so one person or couple. The yurt is very private and has its own trail. There is an outhouse nearby. Gravity cold water available in summer. You can use my indoor plumbing for laundry and bathing. There is a fridge and small propane stove in the yurt for your own cooking.
I live only 7 miles from the fun and funky village of Talkeetna. There are restaurants, bars, rafting, fishing, flight seeing, zipline, a museum, arts hangar, concerts, etc. Talkeetna is a jumping off place for getting into the backcountry and mountain climbing. I have an extra bicycle and there is a bike path into town. There is a shuttle into town that runs daily. I have an extra vehicle (beater with a heater) if you have a valid driver's license.
I am on a lake with a canoe. There are some easy trails nearby for walking and biking... and fantastic hiking trails in Denali State Park about 50 miles away for tundra hiking.
I live alone and am fairly quiet. I've lived here about 20 years and work in downtown Talkeetna.
I would expect volunteers to take good care of my dogs, ask questions if they don't understand the project (building, painting, etc.) Let me know if they are not interested in doing something... there are lots of things to do here. Clean up after themselves and put tools away after using them. (Don't leave stuff out in the rain!)
These are not projects that require heavy lifting but you should be physically fit and have some construction experience or aptitude... or willingness to learn.
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
I've got a big driveway with electricity.
If they are friendly dogs then that is okay.
5 hours per day, 5 days a week
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