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So, I'm broke. My own fault I suppose. To a certain extent, I have made some choices that caused this. But this just isn't working anymore. My paycheck just went down $350 because of increased medical premiums. It went back up $100 because of a 2% raise but we are still short $250 a month. It doesn't work. It's true that I have a couple of toys but damnit a lawyer who is almost 40 should be allowed to have a toy or two without living on credit. I'm not whining. Really. We are broke but not poor. We live well and are luckier than most, I know. But the simple fact is, that after bills, we have $1000 a month to live on. In Alaska that seems pretty hard to do for a family of 5. Maybe if nothing went wrong in a given month I could. But the cost of everything here is high. Kenai has about the highest priced gas on the road system in the United States at $3.69 a gallon. We went grocery shopping for basics last night. Basics. Not even buying meat, which …
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So, Tustumena glacier. We finally made it! And, more importantly, I figured out how to do it. There is simply nothing on the internet about how to get to this glacier. I had this brilliant idea of finding the outermost glacial braid and using our waders to cross it. I thought we would dump our waders and change into hiking boots once the stream consolidated into one. The problem is we got into the water and it got too deep.Too fast. It would have been easy to get swept away and someone hurt. So we turned around. We used the boat to find the outermost braid. on the right. We found a 'trail' beside the braid that we followed for perhaps half a mile. It was overgrown in a few places. But after that the walking was easy. We just followed the old river bed all the way to the lake where the glacier ends. We were all glad to see it because we were expecting a 5 mile hike. It turns out it is only about 3.14 miles from that outermost braid up to Arctic lake. So what did we do? Well B…
So, this job is hopeless. But I try. Again and again and again and again and again.
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So, the weather this summer is starting to become annoying. I took the Interns halibut fishing yesterday. For once it did not rain (although it is making up for it today by just pouring) but the wind kicked up and the water got rough. In fact, it was the first time I almost lost anyone. We were dealing with fish when Intern #1 said "umm, hey guys" and there she was hanging over the side of the boat. I grabbed her PFD strap and pulled her in. The water was crashing over the top of the boat so just as the tide slacked (what we had been waiting for) and we were catching fish it got so rough we had to leave. The marine forecast didn't cover what happened out there. I think this summer we have had only a handful of days where it has not rained. I am already seeing fireweed in my yard. Summer is ending....come on...just some sunshine. I don't think I am going to even get any tomatoes from the greenhouse it has been so cold and rainy. At least the rest of the gard…
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So, it is 2 am. Dipnetting. Off the river by 11. Cutting fish. Oh, so many fish. The Kenai river was a zoo. Every Alaskan with a boat was there. Now bed for 6 hours and then halibut fishing out of Homer again. Only a few weeks left to fill my freezer. Let the fish blood pour.
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So, halibut fishing. First, let me start off by saying it was not as successful as I wanted. We did not limit out and we caught chickens. It rained. Bill got sick and we had to retreat to Seldovia. The boat sucked up something into the jet and was being stupid. But. Those are the negatives. Let me tell you about the trip. We went into Seldovia and Bill, Cooper and Intern #3 got to check it out. Neat town. We were trying to catch high slack so we left about 11:00. If we caught fish before midnight we could keep the limit for two days. I went to a place that I knew was full of halibut. Alas, we did not catch any. We did catch a gray cod and Cooper caught an octopus. She had the idea to bring it on board to get the hook out. I did. But it then slithered down the side of the engine compartment and hid under the stairs. Bill managed to get it out with a gaff and throw it overboard. I know they are good bait but I couldn't bear to kill it. Super cool critter. Unfortunately Bill got si…
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So, dipnetting. To be honest, I am torn about it. On the one hand there is the crowds. The jackasses who get drunk and ruin the dunes with their 4 wheelers. The people who don't respect the resource or the place where we live. Who take more than they need. Who cheat, despite the fact that there is no need to. Those who let the fish get burned in the freezer just to be fed to the dogs. On the other, there is dipnetting. For me, there is no other way to fill the freezer with salmon. No part is wasted: we eat the filets, the pigs eat the head and guts and the garden eats the spine. There is the side of dipnetting of standing in the Kasilof watching the sun and clouds play on Mt. Redoubt. Listening to the seagulls and people. The silent struggle when a fish hits a net. The cries that go up when a fish gets away. I think we are glad for the fish in a way. There is the side of dipnetting that lets me talk to total strangers as we stand and wait. Watching the success and failure of those…