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So, yesterday we went to the great little town of Hope to do a little fishing for Pink salmon and pan for some gold. We all took the RV out and made it a party bus. Had a great time in Hope and the guys finally caught some fish. We stopped in the Seaview bar in Hope and had a great time there too. To cap the day, we stopped on the way back to shoot in a gravel pit and perform in the Redneck Olympics. A real Alaska day. These two little girls are so lucky to be able to grow up here.

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So, we went halibut fishing today. There were pro's and con's. Pros: the boat ran like a champ. A champ. We even got the radio working! We were flying across the ocean at 30 MPH. It was a beautiful day. I learned how to launch the boat using the logging skidders at Deep Creek and how to troll for salmon. Everything mechanical went right today. Con's: we caught nothing. Nothing except one salmon that Brian did not land. My first time getting skunked halibut fishing. I learned that location is everything. But a great day drinking beer and hanging out with great guys. The vacation is going well but morale is low as few fish have been caught. Life is good in Alaska. Tomorrow we are going gold panning in Hope and looking for Pink salmon...not the best eating but might boost morale. Nothing like a little fish blood to make a man feel alive.








P.S. Check out this crew:
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So, fishing on the Russian River. Not many fish caught but a beautiful spot. Very nice day, despite the rain. Tomorrow is halibut fishing, weather permitting. Midnight. Time to go drink. Have I said it lately? God I love this place.



Here are some more pics taken two days later...by 'popular' demand.

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So, the boys are here! Awesome. They arrived in the RV last night. We promptly started drinking, riding the Rhino and, of course, fishing. Stay tuned for some great pictures. Several of the crew are down with hangovers so it will be a slow day.
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So, Nabesna. God I love Alaska. Jeremy and I hiked up the Caribou Creek Trail, which is at mile 19.2 of the Nabesna Road. At the end of the ATV trail, there is a plywood cabin. We used that for the first night. Then we climbed. We set up the tent on the edge of a cliff on an unnamed hill. We climbed mountains for two days. We drank out of Caribou Creek and scavenged for firewood. On the mountain there was no wood so we burned moss. Drank whiskey. Endured wind and rain so hard we were afraid we would be blown right off the mountain. Practiced making fires without matches. Each day we watched the snow creep down further and further. We saw bear tracks but no bears. Suffice to say, it was amazing. It was great to see Jeremy and just be men for a few days. This was an amazing place and I would love to take others here. G, let's go. The girls will love this place I hope. Being part of Wrangell St. Elias National Park it should never change. The cabin was nice, but it has been there for…
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So, if I thought dipnetting on the Kasilof rocked, fishing on the Kenai off the boat was amazing. Check out this video. Big, beautiful sockeyes. There were so many fish that we even caught some by 'accident'. Or two at a time. And the fish haven't even entered the river in any significant numbers. Amazing place. God, I love Alaska.
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So, I'll never fish with a rod and reel again, unless it is for halibut. That is for chumps and tourists. Damn, dip netting kicks ass! Went again tonight and got another 7 reds. Only stopped because Ken got 8 more and we didn't want to clean more than 15. We already did 16 last night. We were stopped by a State Trooper tonight for a not having two headlights. Funny. He recognized us and just kind of waved us on. The '89 Subaru is covered with nets, fish, empty beer cans, sand, chains, sawdust, tools, clubs, knives and other Alaska 'essentials'. Made me laugh. Life is so damn busy right now. Between the trials, suppression hearings and bail reviews work is nuts. The fish are in. I still need to cut at least 3 cords of wood. Jeremy gets here Saturday and we are going up the Nabesna road to Wrangell St. Elias National Park for a 5 day wilderness adventure. Should be great and will get many great pics. Then, the day after I get back the boys from California are rolling…
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So, yesterday I had an Alaskan rite of passage: dipnetting on the Kasilof River. There is nothing like standing in glacial water with a giant net trying to catch salmon. And catch we did. The three of us caught 8 salmon. We are allowed 155 for our families. Of course the salmon are not really free. For example, I learned that my neoprene waders don't save electronics from water. I ruined my (4th) camera and my cell phone. My cell was trashed and I needed a new one. By the way if anyone reading this wonders why I don't call, I lost ALL my numbers. And, like a dummy, I let my phone store them. So, G, call me. The camera may recover. Damnit. But it was a fun night. We took the families and made a fire on the beach and cooked buffalo burgers and hot dogs and I stood in a river and drank Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. There were a ton of people on the beach and it was one giant party with fires, 4 wheelers, kids, dogs and happy people. The sun was bright over Mt. Redoubt and all the worl…
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So, victory! Sometimes a Public defender just needs to hear the words "not guilty". I got to hear these words when the jury acquitted my client of all charges. Sure, 3 people said my client went after them with a pickaxe. Sure there were some minor injuries. But the State couldn't weave a decent story. I did something I always wanted to do in a closing argument and told the story of Susanna from the Book of Daniel, chapter 13. I highly recommend this story to all defense counsel who have a case where the details matter. The jury told me afterwards that they thought it was great. The best part was as the jury was leaving, I told my client to stand up and ask for his pickaxe back, which he did. Great moment. Our office has done 5 trials lately and won 4 (with my recent loss the only defeat). An 80% win rate for defense work is darn good. Darn good. Anyways I am going back to trial in Homer next week on a felony DUI and refusal. We'll see what happens. Am tak…
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So, I'm in Homer doing a felony assault trial. There are pro's and con's. The pro's are evident in these photos. Homer is still one place in Alaska that takes my breath away. These photos were taken from the hotel room. As always in Alaska, the camera doesn't do the place justice. I miss being home but I am lucky to be able to travel around Alaska. I didn't bring the boat simply because I want to focus on the trial. I will be home later this week.....I'll post more pics if I get the chance.

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So, happy Canada Day! Today I celebrated being a citizen of the greatest country on Earth. I know that characterization always drives Americans crazy. I almost always get the comment "then why are you here?" Great question. There are, of course, two answers. First, my life is here. I work here, my children were born here. My home is here. It is not easy to leave. That being said, the United States I moved to in 2000 is not the same country after 8 years of President Bush. I came here to be more free. Now, the US has extraordinary rendition. Torture camps and black prisons. Phone calls are monitored and mail is opened. People are drowned over and over in the name of "freedom". The list of abuses goes on and on. If it had been this way in 2000, I would have never come here. In addition to that, when I moved here I was getting 40 cents on the dollar paying off my Canadian student loans. Now, the US dollar is worth less. Other than guns (thank you Supreme Court fo…