Here’s One To Boggle Your Mind!

Originally posted on adventureinalaska:

Les out on his winter hunt
Is he dead or alive???

THE TALLY IS OUT!!  IS HE DEAD OR ALIVE?????

 
Sometimes hunting or fishing stories are beyond belief.  Which do you think this is?
 
 
I challenge you!
 
Okay, here is the skinny!  In 1980 we went out for our normal winter meat hunt.  I usually help with the scouting or locating of game.  Whoever finds the game, signals the other and we go from there.  Many times we aren’t the only ones searching for their kill.  As most hunters know, wolves and bears are looking for their winters meat also.
 
Fall is such a treasured time to be out hunting with all the fall colors and the Indian summer type weather that we had in those days during the first two weeks of September.  That in itself made hunting pleasurable and rewarding.  BUT there is nothing like having the added bonus…

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LAST CABIN BUILT IN 1985

This was the culmination of all our cabin building over the years.  Trying a different notch for joints on each cabin.  It was so much bigger than the other small cabins that we were able to have divided rooms and some privacy for us all.  1985 is also when our road got completed because of mining problems on trail to our end of property.  It was like a new start being able to be connected to the rest of the world.  Made trips to town, villages, berry picking, and visiting friends much easier.  The miners liked the new state road as it got them closer to their mining claims.

I do miss my homestead cabin or lodge as it was called when we became an equestrian and big game hunting lodge operation after 1988.  Since Les has died, the cabin isn’t being maintained as it should be.  New owners aren’t taking care of the place since they didn’t put their heart or soul into it.  Things like this just break my heart but guess is what was meant to be in God’s plan for my/our life.

As most of you know, my kids & grand kids have built a small cabin on a five acre plot at the edge of the property so that we don’t loose our tap with nature and all that we had built in that valley.  So it still is called the Cobb Valley even though it has a proper name of Minook Valley.  I look forward to spending some time each year just enjoying the peace & quiet of that country but miss all that it has to offer living year round there.

 

 

 

YOUNG FAMILY STARTING AFRESH IN LIFE

Cobb Family first starting our homestead adventure in 1974 at the Minook Valley. — in Alaska.
Photo: Cobb Family first starting our homestead adventure in 1974 at the Minook Valley.
 

TOUGH FIGURING THE HOW TO

Les & Norma talking about building this cabin & plans taking shape. — in Alaska.
Photo: Les & Norma talking about building this cabin & plans taking shape.
 

FINDING THAT THAR GOLD!

Gold mining on the creek with my buddy Peanuts. Always take your gold pan along with when discovering creek areas. 1990s
Photo: Gold mining on the creek with my buddy Peanuts.  Always take your gold pan along with when discovering creek areas. 1990s321358_135069019992707_263857237_n[1]

ADVENTURES LES & I LOVED IN 1980S

I am starting to get mad now. 2 times this site has lost my posting right in middle of my writing. How frustrating is that? You know it never comes out the same and as impressive as you write from the heart the first time. Here goes again.
In 1985 til 1988 Les & I with Cara long started an adventure of sailing after he earned his captain’s license. Buying our boat in VanCouver, BC Canada we sailed the pacific ocean down to Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexcio. Was probably more dangerous feeling that homesteading in a way that you are just a speck in all that ocean 100 miles off shore. A killer wave could swamp you instantly and no one would know or care. Frightening! I truly feel the mountains and trees help one to feel much more safe and secure compared to that open ocean. Challenged my faith & my trust in Him for sure. You better believe on nights with no moon you prayed and played your christian music!
In 1988 Les & I started our big game guiding business with horses so needed to promote our business at the sport shows around the nation. To do it right we bought an rv to travel with all our business & personal needs at hand. It is an exciting & fun way to see it all. Yes, we had our home on the ocean & on land. What challenges.
My life was truly blessed beyond my imagination as a young adult starting a family. Les made sure it was exciting and never a dull moment. If he was bored he would always come up with another twist at adventure. I would never give up my worlds of homesteading, sailing, rv travel as they all added to life at it’s fullest. I must admit though, the valley was the most beloved of it all. I have a void in my life not living in that valley with all it’s way of nature, mystery, adventure, satisfaction. I think it is the basic and pioneer way of life that is most rewarding to me. Knowing God was in the middle of all of our adventures in this lifetime!! Simplisity at it’s best!!
Sailing the pacific ocean from VanCouver, Canada down to Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico 1985 til 1988.
Photo: Sailing the pacific ocean from VanCouver, Canada down to Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico 1985 til 1988.
 

BREATH TAKING NORTHERN LIGHTS

As you know this is the time of year in Alaska of the stunning northern lights or auroras. This year the solar bursts have created very unusual lites. Plus the mushing races have been in full swing. A friend of mine there is in the heart of it all on the connecting stations of the runs. Mushing dogs is a world of it’s own & the most rewarding way to see nature. Here are a few pics for your enjoyment!
Photo: As you know this is the time of year in Alaska of the stunning northern lights or auroras.  This year the solar bursts have created very unusual lites.  Plus the mushing races have been in full swing.  A friend of mine there is in the heart of it all on the connecting stations of the runs.  Mushing dogs is a world of it's own & the most rewarding way to see nature.  Here are a few pics for your enjoyment!
 

HORSE EXISTING DURING WINTER

Since the US is having such an extreme amount of snow, it reminds me of pleasant times in the valley at our homestead. Hope you don’t mind me reminiscing by showing a few favorite pics for winter during the years? The worst year was 18 ft of snow and worst temps below was -80*. Don’t think there are words to describe either winter with its extremes to be dealt with. The kids were out of the nest & on their own so I didn’t have to deal with that but did have plenty of horses & livestock to deal with. You try keeping a creek open for the horses to drink out of hole that keeps freezing over. Those covers of plywood help to keep it a thin cover but it is challenging to say the least. Later Les developed a setup we called the water pump house that housed a way to keep the water warmer & open for them to drink out of. Cut my work in half. Plus they loved the warmer water. OH the days!!! See More
Photo: Since the US is having such an extreme amount of snow, it reminds me of pleasant times in the valley at our homestead.  Hope you don't mind me reminiscing by showing a few favorite pics for winter during the years?  The worst year was 18 ft of snow and worst temps below was -80*.  Don't think there are words to describe either winter with its extremes to be dealt with.  The kids were out of the nest & on their own so I didn't have to deal with that but did have plenty of horses & livestock to deal with.  You try keeping a creek open for the horses to drink out of hole that keeps freezing over.  Those covers of plywood help to keep it a thin cover but it is challenging to say the least.  Later Les developed a setup we called the water pump house that housed a way to keep the water warmer & open for them to drink out of.  Cut my work in half.  Plus they loved the warmer water.  OH the days!!!
 

WINTERS WITH HORSES

Here is a farther view with horses around the well house.
Photo: Here is a farther view with horses around the well house.
 

MAKING LIFE EASIER FOR THE WINTER

Here is the horses water well house we built that saved my back & hours of work keeping creek open. Seems like a little thing but when it saves hours of cold work, it is truly worth it basic or not. Les was a good jeri rigger handiman & could figure out anything we needed to make to handle jobs. Doubt one can live in the woods or farm/ranches without being a jack of all trades. I did write an article on all that we did to make this in a horse magazine years ago. See More
Photo: Here is the horses water well house we built that saved my back & hours of work keeping creek open.  Seems like a little thing but when it saves hours of cold work, it is truly worth it basic or not.  Les was a good jeri rigger handiman & could figure out anything we needed to make to handle jobs.  Doubt one can live in the woods or farm/ranches without being a jack of all trades.  I did write an article on all that we did to make this in a horse magazine years ago.
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