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So, the vacation is almost at an end. Despite my promise to G, we did not get out to sea this trip. Yesterday we drove to Seward to borrow a Zodiac. Had to use the crane to unload it from the hold of the fishing ship it was stored it. Put it together. Pumped it up. Drove down to the boat launch. Paid our $10 fee. Started the motor up. Put it in reverse. So far so good. When I went to move forward, the engine just spun. Some linkage in the outboard was broke so we didn't get to go out. Hours "wasted" (if drinking beer with buddies in my favorite town in Alaska while screwing around with a boat is "wasted time".) So we went fishing from shore where I caught my first Alaska salmon.
No trophy, but tasty nonetheless. Now that that barrier is broken I hope to have a sucessful summer. Back to work for G and I in a few days but a great vacation all in all. Went shooting. Cut wood. Drank beer. Slept outside. Saw a bear, moose, seals, bald eagles. Caught a few fish. Hun…
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So, still no salmon. But check out this rainbow! Tomorrow we are driving to Seward and borrowing a Zodiac to go fishing for salmon on the ocean. Will update. P.S. Kadee somehow got the beer into her baba. It was funny as hell! Just kidding, but this picture had to be taken.
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So, all in all a damn good start to my vacation. Went shooting. Went canoeing.
Got another road kill moose (make that 3 this year). Not sure how someone hits a moose at this time of year but glad for the meat. Talking of meat, G and I got our magnums tuned in. It was awesome. It is something to see a grouping of bullet holes you can cover with your hand. Still trying to catch that fish though.

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So, we had a bear in our yard tonight. Last night G and I slept in the yard. Like little creamy filled puff pastries. Unarmed and drunk. Tonight, the dogs were going crazy. J said go check. So I opened the back door and there is this Grizzly bear maybe 25 feet away getting harassed by our dogs. The camera was 2 feet from me but I couldn't get a pic right away as G and I got the dogs inside and guns ready. In Alaska, you can step outside and run into a bear. To think how little I've been armed. Well that ends tonight.
P.S. I caught my first fish to eat today. Tiny, isn't it?

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So, men. Let me tell you the hardest part about living in Alaska, from my point of view. It is the balance between work and family and enjoying why I came here in the first place. Right now I am on my first vacation in over 3 years. G is down from Fairbanks. Despite the fact that the boat motor is still sitting in Gary Indiana, we are determined to have fun this week. J, not unreasonably, thinks I should spend part of the time with her and Kadee. It is hard, I think, for women to understand how men can stand around a campfire drinking beer and telling fishing stories all day. Even more, how most men could probably do it every day the rest of their lives if we didn't have to work.
So, I don't know. If you come to Alaska just be aware that there may be some fights over this issue. Hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, boating, etc all beckon May-September. I'll do my best this week to strike a balance between family and goofing off, but I intend to recharge my batteries as mu…
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So, a busy day. First, I went to Homer at 5:30 a.m. Lost a supression motion but continued a trial. On the way back stopped at Anchor Point for lunch and saw the tractors launch the boats into the water. An absolutely amazing day. Can't wait for next week. To get from Homer to Kenai you have to drive past the Ninilchik River and Deep Creek. A bunch of us will on the Ninilchik River this friday at midnight when we can start fishing for King Salmon. Apparently there will be thousands of people on the Kenai Peninsula this Memorial day weekend.
Enlarge this photo (click on it) and check out the group of bald eagles in the center of the photo. They are waiting too! Then, because it was a block away, I went to check on the boat. Still no motor. But everything else is done and I am hoping to go out with G on our 9 days of drunken fishing. Downriggers are on and new rod holders are built.
Finally, I got home to the contractors building my new brewery/butcher shop.



I helped them for about 4…
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So, a quick note. I'm back. With high speed internet! Thank God. I feel alive again. Life right now is insane. Trying to get old house painted and cleaned. Trying to finish moving. Am getting forced into a felony trial in Homer next week. It is fishing season and everyone is going fishing but me. Kadee is really enjoying our new back yard as you can see. She is sure motoring along these days. Anyways, I'll write more later but just wanted everyone to know that we are doing well and hope to get settled in soon. I have one more week of work and then I have 9 days off! G is coming down and we are going to fish and drink our asses off. Stay tuned.
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So, once again I get to pose with someone else's kill. Went out at 5:30 am (fully light by the way) today to help drag this fella out of the bush. Being turned into sausage as we speak. He was a 4 to 6 year old boar with a 16 1/4 inch skull. About average for the Kenai Peninsula. For all of you horrified by bear baiting, it is not easy. Try lugging a 175 pound bear on a sled 1/2 mile over deadfall at 6 in the morning surrounded by mosquitoes and brown bears. Besides we are eating the meat. One of these days I'll kill a bear. Catch a fish. Until then we'll all have to live vicariously through my friends. P.S. I won't be able to post again until at least Saturday. We begin the big move tomorrow into the new house and we have no internet access until Saturday. Besides, with all the moving and painting and all that there won't be any time to blog. I'll post pics of the new place when I come back. Have a good week!
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So, what does one do when it light until almost midnight and your damn boat motor is on a barge somewhere between Tacoma and Kenai? Well fish of course. Grab the canoe, some Bud Light, a buddy and go fishing. As usual, I am posing. I didn't catch this fish and didn't catch any fish (I still have not caught a fish in Alaska that I could eat). But who cares? A beautiful night on an Alaska lake.

Life right now is frantic between moving, getting the new place set up and the old place ready for the renters. So it is good to get out on the water. After all, this is why I came to Alaska. Now I just need to get the wife into the outdoors. P.S. We move into the new house in the next few days and I will, finally, after 8 months in the wilderness, have high speed internet again. Yay!
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So, I won my first felony trial in Alaska today. Well, kind of. It didn't get to the jury as the Judge granted my motion for judgment of acquittal under Alaska Criminal Rule 29 on the four felony counts. A couple of misdemeanors were left and I made a deal with the DA that saw my client get a year on the new charge. Not bad since the pre-trial offer started at 10 years to serve. I won't go in to details but I do not believe that I would have won this case anywhere else. The Alaska Court of Appeals has issued some very good decisions on when hands can be a "dangerous instrument". In California, I would have had my ass handed to me on this case. A while back I said there were some topics I would talk about, including Alaska's DUI law. I haven't got to everything yet, but let me tell you, Alaska's DUI law is stupid as hell. Mainly because it allows conviction for "operating" a motor vehicle. This is different from "driving". The theory is…
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So, this is why I love Alaska. This happened in a driveway down in Homer. Do you see why it so important to arm yourself? I have little sympathy for bears I am afraid. In some parts of Alaska 19 out of 20 every moose calves are killed by predators, with bears doing the lion share of the killing. I know nature has its balance and all that but I figure since I'm an apex predator I'll do my part for the moose and kill a bear or two. September 1, 2007 I am a resident. Fair warning bears. For the video see
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElvHcaXKEgI
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So, the last few days have been filled with thoughts of food. Although I can't hunt yet I have been helping to set up a bear baiting station. Yesterday evening we went up and set up the strap on steps to the tree stands. The barrel hasn't been hit yet but it is full of goodies so I hope sometime this weekend it will be found.
I'll be an observer in the stand so I'll have pics of bears alive and, with luck, dead. Today, we went clamming for the first time. At first, I was despondent. I have never been a lucky fisherman or hunter and I was damned if I could find any sign of clams. But Ken, who appears to be more lucky than me (or just better) figured it out. Then I began to see too. You have to find these little dimples, which can be hard to do if the sand is rippled.
But, once you start seeing them, the clams start rolling in.

Now I have to go down and clean a bunch of razor clams, which I understand is a pain in the ass job. The new house has not closed as the bank is bei…
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So, I know I said I would write about a number of topics but I just have to write a quick note about something I learned today. My immediate supervisor is up for district court judge. Today the paper reported that he was the highest ranked of all the candidates, especially in the area of personal integrity. While it would be a hard loss for the Agency, it would be a boon to the community. I don't say this because he is a defense attorney. One of the worst judges I ever dealt with was a former public defender. I say it because he is the kind of judge that might make a difference. Like one of my personal heroes Lord Denning (pictured above). It seems that so many judges today can't even be courteous to me or my clients. I have written many times about my disappointment with judges as a whole, who don't seem to ever, ever slow the Government down these days. What is so funny is that historically it is not the judges who are rude and lackeys of the Government who make history.…