ALASKA PIPELINE YEARS 1970’S

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This video is pretty accurate of the work done there to open up oil into the country.

Alaska pipeline in the 70s. Yes Les & I worked on the line. Me only a year to work since Les couldn’t get out. Minorities were a hire for women and the first year ’75 for women on line. It was a challenge since the men didn’t want us taking their jobs up north. 
For people who know Alaska, I mainly worked the Coldfoot camp plus a couple others for short time. Les worked many years mostly in interior but some south around Delta area.
They were good years and helped us get a foot hold homesteading. Over the years Les worked and I stayed home with kiddos. Which means I lived alone out in the wood most of our marriage. Contributing to our divorce for sure.
Sure not how I thought would be in the plans or dreams for my life and marriage but life doesn’t always work out like we plan—does it??? Worst part is I lost being able to live at my home on homestead. Although I kept 5 acres of land on mountains for kids and I to enjoy the valley in. Kids and I built a small cabin to retire to when we missed our love of the valley and all that means. Sad part is over last few years my health hasn’t let me be there in my utopia where I love and built.
Live your life to the fullest as one never knows what will happen in life ahead!!!!

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ALASKA PIPELINE DAYS IN THE 1970’S

 For people who know Alaska, I mainly worked the Coldfoot camp plus a couple others for short time. Les worked many years mostly in interior but some south around Delta area.
They were good years and helped us get a foot hold homesteading. Over the years Les worked and I stayed home with kiddos. Which means I lived alone out in the wood most of our marriage. Contributing to our divorce for sure.
Sure not how I thought would be in the plans or dreams for my life and marriage but life doesn’t always work out like we plan—does it??? Worst part is I lost being able to live at my home on homestead. Although I kept 5 acres of land on mountains for kids and I to enjoy the valley in. Kids and I built a small cabin to retire to when we missed our love of the valley and all that means. Sad part is over last few years my health hasn’t let me be there in my utopia where I love and built.
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Ok I just learned thru of reader that there is already an audio book out. The company didn’t let me know so went to Arctic Homestead audiobooks on google & found it. It is $17.49 for it. I ordered one. The sample sounded good. Go for it.

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Ok I just learned thru of reader that there is already an audio book out. The company didn’t let me know so went to Arctic Homestead audiobooks on google & found it. It is $17.49 for it. I ordered one. The sample sounded good. Go for it.

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Norma Cobb well that’s a good thing. It has lasted a lot longer than I ever dreamed it would.

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Just to inform you guys about the new audio version of book.

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Just letting friends know that I signed a contract for an audio version of my book–Arctic Homestead. Not sure when il is coming out but will let you know when it does. Sure hope they do a good job on presenting it!!! Wish me luck on it.

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Just letting friends know that I signed a contract for an audio version of my book–Arctic Homestead. Not sure when il is coming out but will let you know when it does. Sure hope they do a good job on presenting it!!! Wish me luck on it.

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Norma Cobb Thanks everyone for all those kind posts about my book & about the new audio book. Sure lifts my spirits that others care.
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Lori Kline I love audio books!!!’ Are you narrating it too?

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Norma Cobb yes charles sasser & I had to sign contracts with our publisher for tantor to do the audio. They never got back to us. Terrible business ethics I would say. Wow how do one mispronounce things?? Sad. Guess I will have to pay more attention to the voice. When I heard it sounded strong & hardy which pleased me but maybe I miss heard it or didn’t give it enough attention.

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Seems I haven’t been writing posts for my blog for quite a while. Notice that people do find me on the web & look on my site to see how I live or old times in 

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Seems I haven’t been writing posts for my blog for quite a while. Notice that people do find me on the web & look on my site to see how I live or old times in Alaska. Which of I miss terribly as is my utopia in life. Praying that He opens a door so that I might go back to my valley to stay for a month or so come next year. Life moves so fast and health issues just don’t help one do things they love in life.
I will add some northern lights pics as it is time for them to be appearing in the late nights that now are happening. Hope you enjoy them.

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Norma Cobb well I have 2. One your on now has stories & pics but my main one is on wordpress–https://adventureinalaska.wordpress.com by norma Cobb

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Norma Cobb There is nothing like the beginning of fall with the stupendous northern lights shining thru the night!!! I haven’t been writing very much so thought I would jump in & share some of the lovely moments and times that the evening nights can produce.
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ALASKAN FALL ALL ABLOOM

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The night skies are all ablaze with the beauty of the northern lights or aurora borealis!!!  Now is the time many Alaskan photographers go out staying all night trying to catch the beauty around them.  Me, I just went out to look when had to go to the little room.  Haha.  Of course, I would wake everyone up if they outstanding that night.  Nothing like filling the soul with God’s beauty in the night skies.

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One can imagine all the wild animals as they drift around from place to place trying to decide what this amazing site is all about.  Whether northern lights or sunsets in the far north it is stunning and reaches right down into your inner soul!

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Feast your eyes on all these natural phenomenon.  Alaska is a land of extremes in every way–beauty, nature, life, opportunities.  Pristine in all it’s characteristics!!!

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NEW ADDITION TO ARCTIC HOMESTEAD

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LCR book cover hardback.jpg Tantor has made my book, Arctic Homestead, into an audiobook.  Seems it was released in May, 2018 but I was not notified.  I have had several readers contact me letting me know of the audiobook.  They seem to think it was well done.

You can look on line audible/amazon books to make a download to listen to it.  I have contacted Tantor to ask questions about if going to be a disc sold and other questions.  Although they have not given me the courtesy of answering me back.

As you can tell, this is an adventure itself dealing with tech to further my book for my readers.  Not sure why the movie industry hasn’t picked it up but is way life goes.  I definately feel it is movie material.

Hope you like this new addition to my book.  Let me know what you think!!!

Thanks,  Norma Cobb

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Here’s One To Boggle Your Mind!

Here’s One To Boggle Your Mind!

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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

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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.

 

 

 

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YOUNG FAMILY STARTING AFRESH IN LIFE

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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.
 

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TOUGH FIGURING THE HOW TO

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

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FINDING THAT THAR GOLD!

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Gold mining on the creek with my buddy Peanuts. Always take your gold pan along with when discovering creek areas. 1990s
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ADVENTURES LES & I LOVED IN 1980S

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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.
 

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