The life of a Canadian living in California and practicing law at Adams Fietz. Missing Alaska almost more than I can bear, I am building a timber frame house in California to take home to Alaska in the summer of 2018. Timber framing, Family, the Outdoors and how America is quickly going downhill are all frequent topics.
So, the bounty of Alaska is absurdly rich. I went halibut fishing yesterday. 3 of us caught 64 halibut. The average time to hook a fish was six seconds. For this monster I had to don my fighting belt. I learned how to filet a halibut too. I took a series of photos and was going to write about how to do it but maybe I'll save that for another day. These were all small..from 10 lbs to maybe 22 or 25. But I put maybe another 40 lbs of filets in my freezer after the other guys gave me some of their fish (the limit is 2). My only fear is that all this will be gone someday. As more and more people come here I can't see how it will last. It is obnoxious for a newcomer to say this but there are too many people here. Maybe I just feel that way because half of Alaska is in Soldotna dipnetting. Yesterday even the grocery stores were empty of a lot of things. But people have the right to move around and make a good life for themselves. I just hope those in charge of resource management don't screw it up. I'd like Kadee to be able to catch a halibut in less than 6 seconds. Because she likes halibut almost as much as spaghetti! P.S. the boat cooling system couldn't handle the new and improved engine and jet...it is being fixed as we speak. Round #4.
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driveway in Sebastopol. From here, I have to drive them to the logging
site in another County. I have to learn how to assemble it. I have
to cut hundreds of giant douglas fir trees. I have to learn how to use
the mill properly. I then have to transport beams up to
40' long over 50 miles (I will have to hire a truck I think) to the woodworking
shop. I have to learn how to make mortise and tenons. I have to make each piece
fit perfectly. Package hundreds of beams and other building materials. Arrange
for transport and delivery in Alaska (this requires getting a bulldozer on my
land to get a space big enough for big rigs to turn around). I need to
sell my house. I need to get rid of a lot of stuff and pack everything
else. I need to arrange for the safe transportation of my dogs,
including getting their health certificates. I have to arrange
space on the ferry. I need to get myself, my family and the ot…