Thursday, October 18, 2012

Final Southeast Photo Dump

So here is the view from my colleague K's new home, which she and her husband are building in Thorne Bay:

Not bad, eh?

I found an eagle feather on their property. It's illegal to keep them, but I took photos:

Dammit, I'm sideways! But I'm lazy, so whatever.

Here I am with the mascot for Viking Lumber:

Now we finally get to my Ketchikan photos!

Ketchikan is built into an improbably steep hillside. There are 1-3 streets on the waterfront running parallel to the sea, and beyond those several blocks, the land rises steeply, and the streets farther back are balanced precariously on wooden pilings. Keeping in mind that this is earthquake country, I decided I did not like it.

I have no idea what this means:

During storms, they only plow this street for safe passage?

We visited a lumber mill. After making boards, they process the scrap into pellets. They have a lot of scrap:

And that's not even counting the woodpile outside:

Here are the pellets:

The new library is beautiful:

And will be heated by those pellets:

Lovely view of Mount Somethingerother:

A fish ladder!

At this point, it is 124 steps in between adjacent parallel streets:

My talk (you'll notice, of course, that GARN boilers burn cordwood instead of pellets :) ):

The harbor by night:

Since this is America, it's a harbor, not a harbour. :)


mdr said...

really really really like your side way picture, reminded me my sweet little girl from Lowell time.

Rena said...

That sure is a lot of wood that's left over after turning the log into lumber. I was under the impression that hardly any log is left nowadays because mills use fancy shmancy computers to scan the wood and figure out hte most efficient cuts to make.

Do pellets burn more efficiently than regular old hunks of wood like you use?

Arvay said...

@mdr: Thanks!

@Rena: Yes, they do. The higher surface area to volume ratio means they burn hotter and thus cleaner. Scrap lumber doesn't even have bark, which leaves a lot of pitch and other nasty stuff. They are also fed in via an automated system, so you can set a thermostat! The only downside, of course, is that you have to buy pellets. You lose that joy of finding dead trees on your property and saying, "Oh hey! Free firewood!" :~D