“Holy crap”, is Otto Kilcher’s way of realizing he made a mistake and that’s not unusual on “Alaska the Last Frontier”. The Kilchers are daredevils, but not just for sport. On the latest episode “Winter is Coming”, we jumped into some dangerous activity to beat nature’s clock. Immediately we were in the thick of it as Otto and Eivin performed rescue work for hulks of rotting metal on the beach and in the bay.
Each rescue/salvage opportunity presented challenges, danger and of course, managing the tides. The most dangerous job was when Eivin donned a diving suit to jump into the bay, looking for a sunken propeller. His father’s penchant for saying “Holy crap” could not be discounted. That’s when the most groan-worthy line of the night was uttered by Otto. “I couldn’t imagine anything more terrible to go home and say I killed my son.”
We got to spend time at Atz Lee’s cabin site where we caught a rare glimpse of his younger brother Nikos. The brothers plus Atz and Bonnie dragged 500 lbs. of material through 33 miles of rough terrain on their “wheelers”. The cabin roof had to get up, and the largest task and most dangerous to Atz Lee’s health was lifting the roof beam from the ground up where the rafters will sit on top of it.
Atz used his love of leveraging heavy objects to get the huge beam to the top of the cabin. The rest was all Atz knowing how to tip it and move it. The guy is the resident genius in these types of things. It occasioned a yodeling session from all three men. A job well done, and now it’s time for Atz Lee and Jane to have their big talk. Unfortunately, it would be left for the next episode. As Otto likes to say, “Dang!”
Jane and Charlotte, left alone to their own devices chose to go to the head of the bay to check on the cows. That meant looking for wolves and bears who could attack the herd. Jane said that despite the danger, it was more pleasant for her than enabling her husband’s cabin project. Sure enough, Jane spotted a bear. She fired warning shots with her pistol to scare the creature and it worked. Jane said it was the first time an all-female team did the range check.
Shane and Kelli returned to his cabin site, ready to get logs de-barked and cut in pieces. They’d have to be dragged inside the standing walls to protect them from the coming winter snow. Dry wood is necessary for the build. All that was merely a prelude to the big event for them. Kelli had a medical checkup in Anchorage, and that would take them two-three days round trip. An MRI was in store to see if her MS has progressed.
Next up will be the conversation of the season between Atz Lee and Jane, as well as the MRI test results for Kelli.
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