Saturday, January 9, 2010

Snow Machine Adventure....Part 1

We are back from our 3 days at the cabin. We had a marvelous time and some not-so-good happenings. It all started with what is supposed to be a 2 1/2 hour drive up to where we park the truck.

We left at 8:00am but somewhere between Willow and Talkeetna Spur Road the trailer tongue broke in half...almost. It was still attached with a piece of metal that came apart shortly thereafter. We were able to drag the trailer about a mile to the nearest pull-out and then called for a tow. The trailer (with 4 snowmachines on board) was towed to Jim's Mile 91 Towing and then had to be welded. However, Jim didn't have the metal he needed so had to drive back into Wasilla to get it.
We spent 5 hours killing time in Talkeetna while our trailer was being repaired; we had lunch at a little roadhouse, toured the 4 streets of the entire town, drove across the tracks to the airport and then pretty much had seen it all. We hooked up with a friend my husband knew and spent 3 hours at his house waiting for the trailer to be repaired. It was repaired good as new and we were on our way again at about 6:00pm. We arrived at the Kroto Creek parking lot at about 8:00 and then still had three trips into the cabin. Our cabin is roughly a 5-mile snowmachine ride from the parking lot.

On the first trip in I got the big, heavy machine that I was riding thoroughly stuck in 3 feet of fresh powder just 100 feet short of the cabin. I got off the machine and promptly sunk over my knees into the snow. Tim came to my rescue and unhooked the trailer and pushed it back down the hill. I was able to waddle, fall, walk on knees and scramble finally back down the trail to the trailer so Tim would have room to maneuver. It was hard to watch him struggle with that big machine in the heavy snow. After about a half hour he did get it out and we proceeded the last 100 feet to the cabin.

After that fiasco, we still had to make the trip 2 more times to ferry in the other 2 machines. We didn't want to leave the other snowmachines on the trailer in the parking lot for fear someone might steal them.

We got to bed finally at 1:00 am. I was tired, sore, hot, crabby and exhausted. The rest of the trip was much better and I'll post more pictures tomorrow.

We highly recommend Jim's Mile 91 Towing Service for his fine work, generosity and trust. He didn't accept credit cards and we weren't carrying much cash so he let us leave with a promise to send our check to him on Monday.


Kellie said...

What an adventure! I'm surprised there was a tow truck operator in that area. Was the weather cold?
Glad you eventually made it.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

So glad you finally made it in to the cabin. What a bust having trailer problems. I hope it was worth the effort.

Anonymous said...

Bummer! Was all the kids with you too or did they come up later? Only you Patty could get stuck 100 ft fromthe cabin! Was there a pine tree near by that sucked you in?

Aunt Krissy

PAK ART said...

It was about 30 degrees, so not too cold. The kids didn't come up till next morning and no, it wasn't a tree sucking me in. It was just super soft and my machine is heavy and I was going up hill....oh yeah, and I should have been going faster.

Teri C said...

Oh my goodness, adventures is right!

Mim said...

OMG!! 5 hours and then driving miles on a snowmobile!! woohoo!!

Cathy said...

Times like that will build muscles and I am not meaning body muscles either. So glad you were able to be together while waiting and that it all worked out in the end.

Margaret Ann said...

You are a true pioneer! My! What an adventure Patty!