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So, I rounded out the weekend focused on food. Funny that. It seems that gathering/growing food, getting firewood or making booze consume most of the short Alaska summer for me. I took the interns clamming on Saturday. I didn't personally check the tide book so we missed most of the tide but we still got enough for a nice chowder. Plus, it was just a beautiful day. Then we came back and spent 5 hours making
sausages. Yes, yes, the jokes will be hilarious I am sure. I must say the interns are really getting into this stuff. Not only are they coming up with their own ideas but they don't mind cutting wood, killing animals, making booze and all the rest of it. I am glad they are here.
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So, Kasilof River dipnetting. As I have said before, but for dipnetting and road kill, I would not take much of Alaska's bounty. A few hours of standing in the river netted 3 fish tonight. That is ok...there will be many more. Besides, the view was amazing.
Afterwards we went to the Tustumena Lodge to have a drink and enjoy the fire. The best part was that I was covered in blood. No one batted an eye. Will that be fries with that sir or a salad? At the end of the night we sat around Jesse's and had a beer. The view of Mt. Redoubt from his porch is amazing. The only thing that made me at all sad is that summer is now half over. Damnit. Well that, and I only have 3 fish. I will miss getting home at 2 am and cutting fish with interns.
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So, I am truly the world's worst fisherman. I went where I was told the fish were. I had the right bait. The right gear. Yet this weekend's trip produced not one halibut. Damnit. On the upside the boat ran like a champ. It did suck up a lot of fuel but it was carrying 5 guys and our gear. I went 25 MPH everywhere we went. Divided by 5 it wasn't bad. I also got to explore more of Kachemak Bay, a simply stunning part of the world. We camped last night in Sadie Cove. We explored some of it but we were aware we were low on fuel. Today I put 54 gallons into my 50 gallon tanks! Close. We pulled into Seldovia and had a beer so I got to see that town too. We took Jesse's little Zodiac and anchored the boat off shore. We rowed back and forth all night, catching Dolly Vardens and enjoying a beautiful night. The smart ones slept on the boat...it poured last night and I woke up to enough water in the tent that my shotgun was submerged. It was my own fault...you always prepare …
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So, we have a sick pig. It is funny how much you can care about the welfare of an animal destined for the table. I thought he might have something in his mouth so everyone came over to help hold him while I looked. Nothing. He appears to be dying and I don't know what to do. There is one large animal vet on the Kenai Peninsula and he is being called in tomorrow. Hold on little pig! P.S. Yet again the Interns will have some unique stories to take back. Helping to hold a sick pig in exchange for some salmon burgers.
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So, today we put away 36 chickens. Cornish Cross are amazing birds. 8 weeks from egg to freezer. As usual, nothing was wasted. The birds are in the freezer, the feathers and heads are going to the worms and the pigs ate the boiled heads and feet. It was another stunningly beautifulday in this part of Alaska. The group is not doing much this weekend..we are all pretty tired from all the activities going on lately. Not to mention that I have been working hard on the murder case I am taking to trial. I really, really wish I could talk about it because it is the most fascinating piece of legal work I have done. All I will say is that it is a cold case murder and the State got the wrong guy. That's right, I don't think my client did it. Doing a First Degree Murder trial with a client who didn't do it is the absolutely highest level of criminal work. I am profoundly honored to do it. Needless to say I will be working a lot of nights and weekends this summer. I had better get so…
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So rabbit day. I write this not to revel in the killing, which was unpleasant(although I am certain there will be those who refuse to believe that). I write to remind all of us who eat meat that we have a responsibility to ensure the animals we eat do not suffer in life or death. We put 17 rabbits in the freezer tonight. Some say it is unnecessary. J, for example, is pissed at me right now. But, most of the complaints will be hypocritical. Those who shovel burgers into their face will take the time to write about what a bastard I am. Fine. But I can rest easy. These animals did not suffer in life or death. We have pounds of organic meat in the freezer. Nothing was wasted. The meat is for us. The hides are being salted and will be tanned this winter. The rest were boiled over a fire and fed to the hogs. Free protein. It is unpleasant but I do not feel removed from my food. I am not allowing the animals I eat to suffer, even if it costs me time and money. So. Rabbit day. Many than…
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So, camping up Palmer Creek Road near Hope. I never knew this place existed until yesterday but it is the most amazing place to go 'car' camping. It helps that we are having near record high weather this weekend. It is simply amazing outside. The best part of the trip was taking a walk by myself last night. I walked and walked in the midnight sun. The only sounds were the creek, songbirds and the whistle of a far off marmot. I found some old mining equipment and just really enjoyed being by myself. Truly by myself. That is something that only Alaska can provide.
In any event, now that I know that place is there I intend to take the girls and go back. I almost hate to say where I was camping because it is simply so spectacular. As usual, people will only ruin it. P.S. G, when you get here, we ARE camping here.
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So, interns. Three of the little bastards. Some think of interns as useful only for writing motions and keeping the DA's busy for the summer. While I applaud the traditional uses of interns, I have other ideas. Like getting them to split next years wood. Next tuesday we have 17 rabbits to put in the freezer. Soon there are 40 or so chickens to do. The list goes on. And to think of all those interns in places other than Kenai Alaska. Getting lunch for the boss and such. Ha! Get to work bitches!