Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Tok Alaska Part 2


While travelling to Tok Alaska on the Purple Heart Trail I spotted this old abandoned cabin.
I always wish I could learn the story of the builder of these homes when I see them. 
It's not at all that unusual to see cabins similar to this one or even whole derelict businesses along the road sides here in the Yukon and Alaska.
I often wonder what happened...
Where did the builders go and why did they leave?
I am partial to cabins, so you will  find me taking photos of them whenever I have the chance.
Okay, now this may not interest you in the least, but I was astonished to see that these old time telephone poles are still in use.
Can you see the old time insulators on this pole?
I have several of these I keep thinking I'm going to recycle into a candle holder lamp.
I bet you have a few of these insulators around your
place too!

Isn't it amazing how this is practically laying on it side and still functioning?
We even saw a couple of post that were covered half  way up with water!
This shot is my attempt to show a whole series of poles as they lean towards the ground.
I'm sure it must be the tautness of the lines that keeps these post still standing.
And that, my friends, is my first venture into Alaska this year.
It's a bit drab yet, but still full of beauty!



  1. beautiful shots!!! Amazing they still work ( the lines), wow!

  2. thank you so much for taking us along on this new adventure. I'm loving all the photos. Yes, I do have my share of old insulators! Happy Trails!!

  3. I am always fascinated by abandoned homesteads, too, Kimberly. I wonder how it ever came to be left so that no one lived there anymore. We see old farmhouses around WI that are that way.

    Those phone poles are amazing. I guess it would not be worth it to redo the lines if they are still working! xo Diana

  4. Morning, love to see the old abandoned buildings for some reason. Funny all the leaning poles, Safe Travels, Francine.

  5. Yes, I would think that it would best to have underground lines in that country. Those poles are at an amazing cant. It looks like beautiful, wild country to me!

  6. Wow I would love to have those old insulators. That is amazing the poles are almost on the ground and yet they are working. It is amazing the things you see, yes, I would wonder the same thing about the cabins.

  7. Yes.. I do indeed have some old insulators around our house. They always remind me of times gone by; a friendly light glowing on a porch to welcome the family home, and a radio playing softly.....

    Beautiful pictures.
    I love seeing your adventures, so thanks for sharing.

    Smiles :)

  8. great pictures of days gone by...... such a shame these cabins are unloved and amazing how the poles still work......... if it's not broke... don't fix it ! lol

  9. Love all the looks beautiful to me. I totally would have shot that cabin and had the same shots...


  10. Drab to one is beauty to! LOL! I used to have blue and white/clear insulator caps but I have no idea where they are now.

  11. That's a cute little cabin. I'm surprised those kind of poles with the insulators on them are still being used too. I thought those were considered antiques!

  12. Love the log cabin, and the last photo, one to print and frame. I'm sure someone there would so want to buy it, or have it to keep for memories. I like old barns or sheds down here. Enjoy Alaska. Cheers, Jean.

  13. Oh how I LOVE traveling along with you and glimpsing the sights I will never see otherwise. And yes I am amazed at those poles. They are practically on the ground and still working...soo weird. Hope all is going well!

  14. Amazing place... I too haven't seen the old-fashioned telephone poles in a long time... I had a friend who used to collect those insulators....

    Interesting about the isolated cabins.... makes you wonder about this history, doesn't it???

    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Wow those utility poles sure are leaning a lot! Do you suppose the wind does that to them or is it rotted poles. Kind of dangerous I think. You appear to have less snow there than we do here. I don't know how that can be as you are farther north. It's sad to see the old log house falling in. Have a great day Kimberly.

  16. Kimberly, You sound like me...I would be wondering why someone would just walk away from their home, or business. Hope you are enjoying your adventure North. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  17. Hello Kimberly, I would love to explore abandon cabins. Have you ever watch the Alaska Railroad show on the national Geographic channel. It runs from Anchorage to Fairbanks and stop along the line for people who lives in remote homesteads. Very unique old cabins and some very special people who love to live independently. Another Super Great show about Alaska life style is called Life Below Zero" also on the National G channel. One homestead is along the Yukon outside of Eagle. Andy Bussick (not sure of spelling) bur use to be a famous musher in the Yukon Quest..

    I do have 4 do those old insulators in my garden!!!! Love to collect them. I can hardly believe this line still stand. It is probably the permafrost that keeps them up.

    OK enough chatter from Moi... Hugs judy

  18. I love the picture of the cabin...I often wonder about the people, where they are? what big adventure where the on when the came there? What pulled them away from it?
    The telephone poles are very interesting... I don't know if we have any still standing here, that maybe still have the old insulators on them...I have a blue insulator and it is used for a candle. It reminds me of my mom when I see it.
    Take care... have a great trip. Can't wait to see more!

  19. Every time I see an abandoned building I want to stop and explore inside (told you I was nosey! LOL) I'm always fascinated to see what might have been left behind and if there might be some clue to the personality of the owner. I am amazed not only that they old phone poles are still in use, but that they haven't been more securely fixed in place or repaired so that the lines don't snap. They look like an accident waiting to happen!

  20. I enjoy stopping and taking photos of old abandoned buildings too --
    glad you are getting some awesome photo safe


  21. Hi,
    I am with you, I always wonder what happened to the abandoned cabin or building. My parents live in Northern Wisconsin and there are several abandoned cabins. I have explored a few. I too wonder what happened.

    Great photos and thank you for sharing.


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