Donald, M and I flew out to Julie and Andy’s cabin on July 15th, returning on July 24th. Cut for length and pictures Enter your cut contents here.
The round trip bush plane trip for all three of us, plus dog, plus supplies for an eight day stay, was less than a thousand dollars.
Our plane was an ancient but very well kept DeHavalland Beaver, a renown plane in bush circles.
We took off from Lake Hood airport, the busiest seaplane airport in the world averaging 190 flights a day, and landed on the Yentna river, very close to our final destination. Here we are saying goodby to the pilot.
Andy picked us up in the boat and ferried us across the river to Driftwood.
Driftwood used to be a “lodge” catering mostly to fishermen during the salmon season. In addition to the main cabin it has a number of outbuildings: three bedroom structures, bathhouse/sauna, shop, fishing equipment shed, wood shed and now the “new Lodge”. Here are two pictures, of the new lodge, one taken two years ago and one on this trip.
The new lodge is up on those tall stilts because the area regularly floods one to three feet in the winter. So the first four or five feet is to keep the lodge out of the floodplain, the rest of the room is for a bottom floor for utilities and shop/storage for lawn mowers, golf carts and snow machines!
One of my projects during our stay was to build a work table and some shop shelving to use during the next phase of building and to help clean up the tools and supplies that were scattered around the inside of the building.
Andy wanted to make part of the upstairs his “shop” until the building is complete. Below are before and after photos of upstairs.
While I was out at the new lodge I took some pictures, taking advantage of the height. The first one is of the three sleeping rooms, the second is looking back at the old main cabin and outbuildings.
Donald spent a lot of time gathering dead wood out of the surrounding woods. This helps keep things cleared out and theoretically reduces fire danger. In the end he had a huge pile to burn.
Later I'll post about our upriver adventure!