No, we’re not talking about Bigfoot. We’re talking about the Yeti Power Station which has taken on a life all of its own. We have been trying to purchase one of these Goal Zero power stations for months now. We thought we had a solution with Sportsman’s Warehouse. They said the 6000x would be added to their online list by early Jan. It’s still not available which prompted us to look for another solution (welcome to Alaska!).
This became a case where a problem led to a better outcome. In searching for Goal Zero resellers we stumbled into REI. They have a store in Anchorage and carry all Goal Zero products. Better yet, co-op members get a 10% discount which means a savings for us of $500 on the power station alone. It will mean a trip with a few nights in Anchorage but it will be a good time to stock up on items that are not available down here in Homer or are unusually expensive. A great source of information on everything power station related is Goal Zero’s blog. Here’s a handy YouTube primer on watts, volts, and amps.
We discussed how our 14 birds were doing in the last post. The little high tunnel continues to be a great winter coop for them. What is interesting is the egg production. We had birds before back in Anchorage. They were strong layers except during the winter months when we were lucky to get an egg a day. We are averaging a dozen eggs daily with these birds. They seem oblivious to cold and short days. Short daylight is often credited with lack of eggs. People add artificial light and heat to prompt more eggs. We have done none of that which leaves us to believe it is either the high tunnel and/or perhaps the breeds. They do seem to enjoy their winter home. We use a heavy straw base with some bales and dust baths for entertainment. Seems to be working.
Speaking of La Baleine resorts…. If you want a culinary trip of a lifetime, check out their Winterlake and Tutka Bay Lodges. Glaciers, raw Alaskan wilderness, and amazing food await you. They run a cafe on the Spit which closed last summer due to Covid. It was one of our top 2 restaurants (the other being Little Mermaid) and sorely missed.
Stay safe & be well!