Spring is here! Time for upgrades and enhancements!

Another spring is upon us here in Alaska and we’re preparing for a busy visitor’s season.  We have a long list of things we’re working on, which includes upgrades to the TVs and DVD players in all the cabins and rooms, and a new enclosed stairwell for the Heron Roost building.  These are the things we planned on, but in the middle of April we were given a software project we hadn’t planned on!

You probably know if you’ve inquired, or booked with us, we have several website forms we use.  We had two different inquiry forms on our Angels Rest on Resurrection website, and a separate secure (https:) site called “Actually Alaskan” (actuallyalaskan.com) where we had our reservation form. The reservation form is a 2 page form, for added security for our guests.

On April 18 we received just page 2 from someone’s reservation. Later that day we received several notes from guests indicating that they had finalized their reservation…..but we didn’t receive the submissions. This prompted us to do some testing, only to discover that the forms were not working!  Shocked, and a bit panicked, we called GoDaddy, our website provider.

After over an hour on the phone, the technician claimed he had solved the problem. We received his test submissions, so we went to sleep that Friday night thinking they fixed the problem.

The next morning however, when there were no inquiries or reservations, we did some more testing.  Both websites, all the forms, on both failed to work!

Several hours later GoDaddy told us that they had applied a patch to their Website Tonight software that had caused all my forms to stop working!

We’re lucky that Lynda had the time to drop everything else she had planned to work on the websites! (She’s recovering from a shattered femur, so she’s been doing a lot of sitting around anyway! LOL)Screen Shot Angels Rest Secure Booking Site

So, in addition to the upgrades and enhancements we had planned, we now have a brand new secure website for both inquires and reservations!

 

Check out: https://www.actuallyalaskanlodging.com!  We hope you like the design! We’ll be redesigning our main website, angelsrest.com to match this design. This new website should work well from both computers and mobile devices!

Thank you Dear Reader!

We welcome your comments and feedback!

Namaste’

From Deacon Row to Beach Drive, We’ve Come a Long Way!

Looking South from Angels Rest towards Border Avenue

Looking South from Angels Rest towards Border Avenue

In 1997, when I bought the land for Angels Rest on Lowell Point, it was known and identified by the Lot and Block numbers. There were no real road names, and the dirt two-lane track that divided the east and west side of the lots was a right-of-way. “Deacon” after the homesteader that subdivided the land and eventually sold the lots off.

Since I purchased my land, there have been upgrades made to the two-track dirt right of way, turning it into a gravel road.  When Emergency Services and 911 reached our remote part of the world in the early 2000’s, we went from giving directions such as “past the large rock next to the bent spruce” to road names with street address numbers!

Looking from the very north end of Beach Drive, looking south

Looking from the very north end of Beach Drive, looking south

Beach Drive is often subject to flooding particularly during winter and spring months when the ground is frozen, and it rains.  Sometimes the puddles would be so deep small cars could not drive through them.  Over the years, my husband and I have attended several Road Board meetings, with our photos of the problems and requests for improvements. Other neighbors took up the torch after we got tired of local politics and with much perseverance and diligence, and years of waiting, we have finally been rewarded.

This late spring and spilling into June (our apologies to guests who suffered through the process), our local contractor Metco worked for several weeks on the improvements to Beach Drive, which included a lot of ditching, placing of culverts and installing a special drain system to allow the road run-off to run into the bay without the road taking on ocean water. Then they raised the road surface and topped it with fresh gravel.

The result is a beautiful wide thoroughfare all the way from the corner at Border Avenue to the north end of Beach Drive.  We haven’t solved the problem of the north end of Beach Drive not having a cul-de-sac, but the owner of the land to the north, “Silver Derby Campground” has allowed their driveway to connect to the north end of Beach Drive, so instead of having turn around, as in years past, you can make the loop and you end up back at Lowell Point Road just south of the bridge that crosses Spruce Creek.

Beach Drive from corner at Border Avenue

Beach Drive from corner at Border Avenue; Angels Rest is 700 feet to north of this corner

For those of you who have already visited, you’ll really see the difference in this last photo.  In the past, folks would be often be confused when they would turn the corner onto Beach Drive and it would seem as if the road had disappeared into a parking lot.  These most recent improvements have helped to clarify the road and has really opened up the corner and given traffic a way to flow. It’s very exciting!

We’re grateful to the Kenai Peninsula Borough for securing the funding for the project and for coordinating and implementing it; and to Metco for doing such great work!

 

Spring IS coming, even it doesn’t look like it!

A few weeks ago we were blessed with temperatures in the 40s, and dry pavement on the highway; for the past week however, it’s done little other than snow or rain! Lynda has spent Good Friday working from home ~ although they plowed the roads on Lowell Point, the plow company for Angels Rest won’t get to us till late today, and the snow is too deep and heavy to try to trudge through to get to the office! Thank goodness for all the great technology we are graced with! It makes working from home easy! Easter weekend is always a slow weekend for lodging, and at this point the lack of plowing won’t cause any concern.

Spring is surely on the way though! There have been reports of Black bears, and a moose with calf; two days ago we saw a coyote on the north end of Lowell Point, and rabbit tracks in the Heron Roost parking area…..so the critters are a stirring!

Thank you to Paul for planting some bulbs in the greenhouse last fall! The photo in this post is one of the flowers from our greenhouse.

Come on Spring! We’re more than ready!!

Till next time, thank you dear reader! Namaste’
LAMP

P.s. I always welcome your comments and questions!