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So, camping on Kenai lake for the long weekend. It's a spot that I've been before but I wanted an easy trip. We camped with my investigator who brought 6 kids so I didn't want to experiment, despite my desire to camp somewhere new. We camped down the beach from the crowd (thank God) so it seemed like the lake was relatively ours. We had a few minor equipment issues but nothing major. Good trip all in all that has left us all tired. For example, I bought a 6 person tent but it wouldn't hold us all. Damn. Now I need another tent. But it meant that I had to sleep on my own in my little tent right on the ground. It was pretty uncomfortable. I got this new spit from the Sportsmanguide and cooked the hell out of three chickens over driftwood. Just a fun time. We figured out some of the things that we were missing and came home and got everything ready for next time. I didn't get to sluice for gold or do any shooting, but everyone had a great time. &…
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So, today was hard. Kadee graduated from kindergarten today. It was hard for three reasons: first, as I was driving her to school I made the mistake of saying that "this was the last day I would be driving a kid to school in Alaska". Well Kadee got very upset. She said "I'm going to miss Alaska daddy"! And she started bawling. And then so did I. Because so will I. So very, very much. When we got to the school, it wasn't much better. She got upset in the class because she was going to miss her friends and her teacher. That was hard to witness. You can see how upset she is in the picture. The third reason was that it struck me just how fast life is going. I must say that I cried most of the way to work. It just feels like a few days before we took that picture of her on that first day. And now a whole school year has flown by. If I'm lucky I might have 40 more years like that. It will feel like just a few moments. And there is so many …
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So, it's not done yet but this is the prototype for our new firm logo.  It still doesn't feel real that we are leaving.  Tonight I was playing hide and seek with the two older girls.  Despite the fact that we live in a 'subdivision' I was struck by something.  We didn't see another house.  A car or person.  There were only trees and us.  It's hard not to think about how much I will miss Alaska.  We still haven't done a camping trip but I am hoping to go next weekend.  The weather has been marginal and I am praying that it improves.  I want to shoot.  Look for gold.  Hang out with the kids.  Talking about shooting, I went to the range today.  Good lord.  Every single gun jammed.  Misfired.  I spent more time cursing than shooting.  It was good though....I learned some things.  Those of you who know me, know that is my motto.  When things go 'wrong', at least I learned some things.  I am still hoping for a great summer. Jesse should be back soon and …
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So, I've really bitten off a lot this time. Between wrapping up our life here and finding a place to live in Santa Rosa and starting the new firm and working and kids and selling this place....well whew!  The list of things to do is huge.  I am borrowing $40,000 from Wells Fargo and have cashed in the kids college funds.  This is balls to the wall or it is nothing.  I will arrive in Santa Rosa $80,000 in debt, an immigrant, with no home, no job and no income.  I will either make it big or just go home.  But there is nothing left for me here now except the 'idea' of Alaska.  For example, this weekend I wanted to go shooting.  There was absolutely no one to go with.  Could I have gone myself?  Yup.  But it is not the same.  The next few months are going to be insane with the above list as well as cramming as much Alaska summer in an we can.  I intend to camp, gold pan, shoot and fish as much as I can.  Despite the cool temperatures, snow drifts and lack of anything green y…