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So I know I said that anyone who fishes for salmon with a rod and reel is a chump or a tourist. That was before I went silver salmon fishing in Seward. Wow. Within 30 seconds of stopping the boat we had 3 salmon hooked. The salmon in these picture I actually hooked. Fought. Landed. The 7 of us must have hooked and fought 60 salmon and we almost limited out on the ones we managed to land. Silvers are so much fun to fight..they are quite the athletes. I will be back. The interns and Jesse were supposed to meet me for even more fishing and camping but 6 miles from the boat launch on the way back (at least), the boat crapped out. It is a running joke around here about how bad my luck is. How stuff always breaks. Like how I am doing this post on another computer because for some reason my computer won't start windows. Or how the dipstick came out of the Rhino on an easy ride to mailbox and dumped most of the oil out. When it comes to mechanical items I have the worst luck of any huma…
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So, thank you to whoever hit the calf last night. I feel sorry for him but he did not go to waste. It was the first moose I had to do all by myself and I am glad it was a small one. I have now butchered 8 moose. Remember to take the quarters off first and then the hide and THEN gut it. I am exhausted. I got the call at 1 am when I was just about asleep. I butchered until 3:30 a.m. Luckily he was just small enough for me to get home so I got to clean him with light and hot water at hand. Tonight after work the interns and I butchered him up. Maybe 25 lbs of meat. But I got a nice hide too. God my freezer is getting full.
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So, I did something I never thought I would do: I went out on Skilak Lake. Note to future self: always take coordinates for location and a tent. Although we got out on the lake, we did not get to Doroshin Bay Cabin. 2 of us wanted to proceed and 2 wanted to turn around. I must admit the lake was rough but for some reason I can't figure out, it didn't bother me like it usually would. Was it the belly full of pork and Canadian Mist? We will never know.. In a dumb move we all assumed we would find the cabin so we brought no tents. Forty pounds of beer but no tents. We would not have died if we had to spend the night but it meant we came home. In the future we need to take tents, a tarp and coordinates of where we are going. Still a fun night but it was frustrating not to make it to our final destination.
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So, dipnetting continues. I am the proxy for someone I know through work. In Alaska a person can fish or hunt for someone over 65 or who is disabled or blind. This guy is 70 and hurt his shoulder so we will get his fish too. Fine by me: I love to dipnet, even though it is a little trashy. That means, with the proper paperwork, I can catch his 35 reds too. I figure I need about another 40 fish total and that part of the food gathering will be done. I still need halibut though. I have some plans. Next weekend I am going to try and hit both Seward and Prince William Sound. A buddy who knows the area is going to take me to Pony Cove for silver salmon and rockfish.
Then the interns, Jesse and I will go out of Whittier for shrimp, halibut and rockfish. Bad ass. It looks like I may unexpectedly have my summer back so I am going to take next friday off and hopefully come home with a ton of filets and shrimp. I borrowed some shrimp pots and am excited to finally see PWS. Not only has the weath…
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So, I have been accused in the last few days of being 'different' since I moved to Alaska. Not different in the retarded way, because that has always been true. But different as a person. I don't know. I saw this picture of Potter Valley California, the place where I met J so many years ago. Was I different? Has Alaska changed me? Have choices I have made changed me? Granted I have made mistakes. Granted I have felt less happy in the last few years than I am used to. I'm not sure if it because this period of having young kids is the hardest in a marriage. Or at least mine so far. J and I will be celebrating 5 years of marriage in a few days. Some things to think about. Perhaps it is because I am naturally restless. I went to 13 different schools in 12 years. My father moved my brother and I around constantly. It is hard to be in one place for me. But now I own land. Stuff. I have kids. I have no interest in going back to California. But I would be …
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So, dipnetting on the Kenai kicks ass. That is all I can say. The freezer is coming along nicely. The Kenai reds are quite a bit bigger than Kasilof reds. We went out tonight and were just killing them but we had to stop early as one of our party was catching a plane. A few more and I will be set for the winter. Well, except I can't catch a halibut to save my life. The hogs are doing great and I had another litter of rabbits yesterday. The garden and greenhouse are doing great this year. It is all coming together. Work is going well and I am preparing for my big case. Like I said, this blog would be much more interesting if I could talk about it but I won't and I can't. So you will just have to be content with the things I can talk about. Like how dipnetting on the Kenai kicks ass.
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So, it was about 75 degrees when we left for Tustumena Lake. God I love that place. We just screwed around and lost track of time with a sun that never really set. We drank beer and made a fire that was an affront to God himself it was so big. A nice 'break' from dipnetting. I know I don't have many evenings left before I start working every night on my murder trial. Doing a trial in the summer is hard. Especially this summer, which has been one of the nicest ever. Ever. I had a weird thought this morning. I was actually looking forward to the dark. -30. Because then I will go to bed before 1 am and sleep and sleep. On Friday the Kenai river opens for dipnetting and that will start a frenzy of fish catching, cleaning, smoking and canning. I am already getting tired.
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So, the State has denied Kadee's informal PFD appeal. Very, very nice. It is impossible to get to the Supreme Court of the United States if the administrative monkeys don't keep screwing up! Hell if the State needs that $3269 more than we do, they can fight like hell to keep it. On to the next stage, the formal appeal. Every US citizen has the same rights as every other US citizen. Pretty simple right? As anticipated I had a quiet weekend. I did take the Rhino out to Gray Cliffs yesterday and drove 20 miles or so up the beach. Of course, I had to scavenge what I could. I could hear G's (or is it G2 or G3 now?)voice calling me 'cockroach' as I stopped for every treasure. My favorite cabin in all of Alaska is up that beach. It is perched just so. It strikes me as a place where I would just sleep and sleep. J has some sort of tooth infection and is miserable. Too bad because this weekend was simply stunning. It must have been in the high 70's. I got a lot o…
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So happy birthday to me. Although there is nothing "special" about being 36, I must admit being a little sad the last few days. I think it started when I was doing some investigation for a case in a cemetery. It struck me how fleeting life is and how quickly we all will be forgotten. Maybe our children will visit our grave. Maybe our grandchildren. Then we are gone. I am another year older. To cheer up, I left work and went dipnetting by myself. Got three very nice fish. 6 nice meals for us. The chickens get the spines. The hogs get the heads and guts. Everyone is fed. A lazy night for me. Will deal with the fish, some beer I made and just hang out. A long weekend for the Fourth of July but the many people in the office are gone, so a quiet weekend too. Have a good holiday.