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Old 11-17-2012, 01:01 AM   #29
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Not only is the scenery beautiful (same with road to Haines), but the hill down into Skagway is steep, narrow and requires good brakes. There were grown manly men at the campground still wired about that drive down and I think he didn't like it when I told him my wife drove down.

Skagway was cool, but moving on is cool too. We only have so long to do this thing, so keep trying new places and things to do. There is a biography of Mary Colter, the first American woman architect. She designed some buildings at the Grand Canyon and the design (Mimbreño) used on the dishes they now use at the restaurant at El Tovar. Not a page turner, but a lot of info about the gift shop across from El Tovar and other buildings she designed. Might be something to read during those wintry nights.

Surely we cross paths again when the time comes.

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I drove to Alaska last year....14,000 miles total....roundtrip from Georgia. I fondly remember the drive to and from Skagway and I did it as a woman towing solo in my Airstream. I met a caravan in British Columbia...but I did the entire drive as a single woman and travel from Georgia to British Columbia alone. The trip into and out of Skagway for a trip to remember. Also, the Top of the World Highway from Tok, Alaska to Dawson City, Yukon Territory, was also another special trip--especially the part of the trip from Chicken, Alaska, to Dawson City. I would do it again....
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:49 PM   #30
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The weather has been spectacular here on the south rim this week. Highs in the 50s and lows around 25. I finally got my water pump replaced and my heated hose working, so hopefully the water issues are resolved. All of the windows minus the panoramas are now insulated with plastic...it helps with the condesation. The propane dealer delivered a big tank...life is good.

We woke up this morning with a yard full of elk. Makes walking the dog a bit tricky, but we managed.
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How are you getting the plastic to stick or rather where are you sticking it. We recently tried to use the plastic with tape and the hair dryer. It wouldn't stick to the walls. Most of it came off pretty quickly. Any ideas?
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Glad you got to experience Tok and Chicken! haha My parents live in Tok. I spent a few summers there fire fighting and helping them build their log home. It is a great place. Made the drive up and back a few times from WA as well. Always said I wouldn't do it again with out taking a week or two. The times I did it I pretty much drove straight through! Still beautiful even at that speed!


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I drove to Alaska last year....14,000 miles total....roundtrip from Georgia. I fondly remember the drive to and from Skagway and I did it as a woman towing solo in my Airstream. I met a caravan in British Columbia...but I did the entire drive as a single woman and travel from Georgia to British Columbia alone. The trip into and out of Skagway for a trip to remember. Also, the Top of the World Highway from Tok, Alaska to Dawson City, Yukon Territory, was also another special trip--especially the part of the trip from Chicken, Alaska, to Dawson City. I would do it again....
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:49 PM   #33
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Have you had any winter at Grand Canyon? It has been in the 50's here and down to mid to upper 20's at night the past few weeks and the only precip a couple of inches of snow several weeks ago. Seems like early fall and a continuing drought.

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How are you getting the plastic to stick or rather where are you sticking it. We recently tried to use the plastic with tape and the hair dryer. It wouldn't stick to the walls. Most of it came off pretty quickly. Any ideas?
I have not had any problem getting it to stick..bad tape maybe? The plastic is not a perfect solution, and we still have to be careful about moisture inside, but to this point things are working out.

Right now I am battling a leaky faucet in the kitcken. Moen brand. I know that they stand by their stuff, but I really need to get it fixed before it makes a huge mess.
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Have you had any winter at Grand Canyon? It has been in the 50's here and down to mid to upper 20's at night the past few weeks and the only precip a couple of inches of snow several weeks ago. Seems like early fall and a continuing drought.

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Gene, it has been very nice here. Highs in the 50s and lows in the upper 20s no snow at all. As Jeanie says.."Every day the weather is good is one less day that it can be bad". She may have a point!
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It rained here yesterday for a few minutes. About a month ago there was 2" of snow. Everyone here is worried about drought and drought means more forest fires. It is nice to be able to get out and cut wood while winter holds off (if I had time to cut it). We all like the mild weather, but we're getting nervous about it too.

Other than that, I kind a envy being able to spend the winter in the trees at such an amazing place.

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It is 13 degrees this morning..a bit nippy. The airstream is doingwell since the water issues have been resolved. I will have to try and insulate our front storage compartment (maybe bubblewrap) as that seems to be a cold spot in the bed room. Taking towels out after showers seems to help with moisture..thanks for that bit of advice.

High here today is supposed to be in the 30s. I will do some outside cooking to get ahead as we are expecting our first real snow of the season this week and cooking inside just creates more moisture issues..though baking bread and using the crock pot seems to work well.
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Sounds like a perpetual vacation. How's the working part coming?

Jet stream must have finally come south. It got cold here and 3" of snow—lows around 7˚ on Monday and highs in the low 20's. Snow is nice to look at compared to dead brown grasses. We are not cooking outside.

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Sounds like a perpetual vacation. How's the working part coming?

Jet stream must have finally come south. It got cold here and 3" of snow—lows around 7˚ on Monday and highs in the low 20's. Snow is nice to look at compared to dead brown grasses. We are not cooking outside.

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Gene, we must be trying to get your weather..forecast is for snow this week. As far as work goes..the Grand Canyon Association is a very good outfit. The work is pretty simple and the stores are very well done. Management seems very reasonable and the fellow workers all seem very friendly and happy to have some fresh faces around. All in all..a good place and a good job for the winter.

Spring plans are being worked on now and hopefully we will have a summer plan settlrd by the start of the new year...more adventures to come!
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Sounds like a good job, but I hope mgt. doesn't read your post about how simple the work is. We're supposed to get some snow Friday and Sat. I think you get it first unless the earth is rotating in the opposite direction now. Leave some for us.

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What an excellent thread. I really like reading the actual problems and solutions that work for cold weather on a AS. I do not hve one and have not lived full time as of yet. So dont beat me up too bad but I was wondering something.

If you are hooked to shore power and have the ability to leave a dehumidifier running while your not at home then why don't you do that to help solve the humidity issues? Is there something running that wouldn't allow that?

Also does your AS have tank heaters and the worklight is to supplement?

I intend to workamp and the eventual dream is to live in or around Yellowstone for a winter and maybe many winters. So your experience is very educational for me.
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What an excellent thread. I really like reading the actual problems and solutions that work for cold weather on a AS. I do not hve one and have not lived full time as of yet. So dont beat me up too bad but I was wondering something.

If you are hooked to shore power and have the ability to leave a dehumidifier running while your not at home then why don't you do that to help solve the humidity issues? Is there something running that wouldn't allow that?

Also does your AS have tank heaters and the worklight is to supplement?

I intend to workamp and the eventual dream is to live in or around Yellowstone for a winter and maybe many winters. So your experience is very educational for me.
Well..finally as bit of snow..about 13 inches of it over a two day period and the Airstream looks very festive in a winter sort of way..I shall try to take a photo or two and post them later.

Travel in the park is challenging with the amount of snow that we have on the ground, but the park is open year round so that means drive to work and open the stores. Yesterday we had very few customers as it snowed pretty hard all day and the wind made it pretty uncomfortable outside..besides with all of the snow, the canyon was pretty much invisible.

As for the dehumidifier..yes that is an option. We did that for a couple of years while we were in Southeast Alaska and it works OK...not great, but OK. I have found that just being careful about how we manage moisture is the best alternative for us. Putting wet towels outside, boiling water sparingly, keeping a couple of vents open, using the shower vent and things like that seems to work best for us. Remember that we are in a very dry place and I am thinking that the climate makes a big difference. In Alaska, we always fought the moisture issues..but then again Southeast is in a temperate rain forest too.

The Airstream does have warm air to the belly pan. The light is insurance..especially for the valves. I really intend to put a thermometer under the trailer to see how much difference there is between the outside air temperature and the temperature under the trailer. I just need to get a good day to do it now..since the forecast is for cold and snow this next week.

I did get some success with the panorama windows and the moisture there. The one in the bedroom I filled inside with bubble wrap and fiberglass insulation. On the outside I used thin foam board. It does double duty..keeps the bedroom dark and the moisture there is much reduced. It still might require some attention on a weekly or biweekly basis to be sure that the moisture does not build up in that area.
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