Off the Grid  Retirement at our remote log cabin in Colorado

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Way Behind

Posted by: Rick

We are way behind in preparing for the winter. And, it seems winter has already come--several times.

By this time last year we had about 5 cords of wood cut, split and stacked. This year, we are well behind that goal.

See the green tarp in the photo above? Last year, that stack of wood was as wide as those poles sticking up and extended outward to where that stack of logs is. The good news is that we do have lots of raw wood close to the cabin. (You can see a pile of aspen logs in the right-bottom of the photo, and another large pile of beetle-kill pine logs to the far left-center.)

Another piece of good news is that after several early-season snow storms, we now have great weather predicted for the next couple of weeks. That will allow us to gather even more raw wood from around the land and get it hauled to the cabin site, where we can cut and split even in winter if needed.

A stack of logs from cutting up a tree that had fallen in the meadow.

We don't have tracks on the Ranger yet as it is needed to continue to haul logs that we cut in the meadow to the cabin site. We don't have our winter provisioning done either. And, we don't have our final fill-up of propane yet. (No worries, as none of this was done at this time last year, either.)

What the heck did we do this year? It has passed so fast!

Well, we did get the exterior of the cabin refurbished. We built a deck on the south side of the cabin. The dogs got a fenced in yard (which has been a huge hit). The barn got stained and painted. We did several dogs shows as well as a few weeks of "vacation". We've been busy. But, now we've got to buckle down and finish getting ready for winter. Who knows what lies ahead?

Monday, October 09, 2017

Snowed Out

Posted by: Rick

If you read this blog last year, you know that we spent a lot of time and effort making sure we would be okay if “snowed in”. With no winter access other than our own ingenuity, getting snowed in at the cabin for several weeks at a time is a real possibility. 

However, we are not prepared to be “snowed out” as we are today. 

View from the cabin into the meadow, from the webcam.

We attended a dog show in Denver over the weekend (where both Bella and especially Destin did well and had a great time). We took the RV and stayed at the show site. We left there about 6:00 p.m. on Sunday and soon realized that, as predicted, Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming were being hit with a big snow storm.

Rather than risk pulling the RV over 8500+ feet passes in snow, we decided to stop in Fort Collins for the night. We were able to find a nice spot after-hours in a KOA campground where we are weathering the storm.

From our webcam as well as reports from neighbors there is about 12” of fresh, heavy, wet snow at the cabin. We are planning to stay here at the campground until we can be assured of getting back into the cabin. We still have to haul the RV to Laramie and put it in storage. Then, make our way home from there. We will give it a day or two, I think.

We learn new things every day. Since we were towing the trailer behind us, it made sense to stay in a campground. But, that was not our first thought. At first we planned to stay in a motel. What a pain that would have been, moving all our stuff from the truck and trailer to the motel room. But, I had winterized the trailer before leaving the dog show site. Since the weather forecast for Laramie was calling for very, very cold temperatures tonight (Monday night), I decided to buy a bunch of RV antifreeze and go ahead and winterize the trailer before towing it back. So, that was one reason to get a motel. But, the trailer is “home” and very comfortable, especially when hooked up to electricity, water and sewer. And, since the “de-winterizing” (summarizing?) process is relatively simple, we decided to do that instead. It took about 1/2 hour (in the cold, wind and snow), but was worth it since we are now cozy in our moveable home. Next time, I’ll think twice before winterizing “on the road”.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Air Ambulance Coop

Posted by: Rick

I just renewed our membership with AirMedCare, a network of air ambulance providers. It is not insurance, rather a coop. By joining, if we ever need air ambulance services and use a member provider, all of our out-of-pocket expenses would be covered. They bill our insurance and any costs not covered by insurance are picked up by the coop.

Air ambulance services can be very expensive, running into the tens-of-thousands of dollars. Given our remote location, it seems a small expense for the peace of mind we get being members. I don't mean this to be a commercial, but rather a way to inform you of this kind of service.

I guess they have about 3 million members nationwide. They cover 39 states with a variety of air ambulance companies. We'd be served by Northern Colorado MedEvac out of Greeley or REACH out of Loveland. You can check them out at the link above. If you decide you'd like a membership, let me know. If you give me your name, city, state, and phone number, they will contact you. And, if you decide to sign up we each get 3 months of free coverage.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Snow? Oh no. No. No. No.

Posted by: Rick

Oh no. Snow. Look what we woke to:

About 2" overnight. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Game Camera Clips: Lion vs Moose

Posted by: Lynne

We just got back from a ten day trip in the RV down to the Gunnison area. (More on the trip to come.) One of the first things we did was retrieve the game camera cards from various cameras we have set up in different spots on our land. It's always fun to see what animals have been around.

The game camera down by the beaver pond which has captured such things as the strange Ewok owl and coyotes never fails us. This time we got a big black bear and momma moose of momma moose and baby fame. We know this because the baby showed up in consecutive shots. We also caught what we think was probably the same bear at night on the meadow camera on a different day. Lots of bear activity.

Momma was getting a nice big drink of pond water and if you look closely you cansee the water dripping from her mouth. Such a cool shot!

But the consecutive shots that are below are what blew us away! They are not in focus due to running animals, but they tell a story. This camera is just down the hill from the cabin in the bottom of our forest where Bart Creek flows in the spring.

First comes this shot: a mountain lion! Note the date stamps on each photo.

Then came this shot, just a few seconds later. A big moose!

And a few minutes after the moose went in one direction, it was headed back the opposite direction!

Interesting, yes? We think the moose was chasing the lion. So, we can't really identify the moose except that we know it's a female, or cow. No antlers; white anal patch visible in the last photo. Was it momma moose protecting her baby? Quite the story! We never know what the game cameras will catch.

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