A Crowded Day

I’m sorry,  but Tanis and I need to fly out to the cabin before it gets dark and it is already getting there…  Saturday Market went well,  even though the rain cast a damper over it.  As soon as we cleaned up,  Teen dropped me off at the trailhead to Situk Lake and I hiked in and all the way down to 9 Mile to see what fish were in the upper river and lake.  I’ll post photos and maybe a couple movie clips as soon as I get back probably Tuesday.

Sorry I haven’t updated you much the past month or two.  Pretty busy – more unproductive franticness than anything useful…

Setting up

Setting up

The Situk Lake Trailhead

The Situk Lake Trailhead

School of Kings

School of Kings

Baking Interruptions

Eden and I were baking some loaves of fresh bread for the Saturday Market in the morning.  4 loaves of “Boring White Bread”,  4 loaves of “Walnut-Flax-Oatmeal” and two “Braided Filberts”.  One oven,  so it took till just after midnight to finish.  Dishes can wait till morning.

Out at the guide camp,  I made two fresh loaves of bread every day...  not so much anymore.

Out at the guide camp, I made two fresh loaves of bread every day… not so much anymore.

Boring White going in for the first rise

Boring White going in for the first rise

With the dough rising in the oven,  the sun began to set.  With the extreme low angle of light and the light rain starting to fall,  we were treated to a triple rainbow!  Unfortunately my little Olympus digital doesn’t do it justice,  but at least you can see the two main rainbows and the third flair coming off the main one at a different angle:

You can see all three here...

You can see all three here…

The brightness and brilliance is just not captured in the photos.  Oh well.

The brightness and brilliance is just not captured in the photos. Oh well.

All three were complete for a few minutes,  but I don’t have a wide enough angle lens to even come close to capturing the entire spectacle.  Oh well.  Back to baking…

Blowing the top off my Longaberger bowl

Blowing the top off my Longaberger bowl

Starting the second rise

Starting the second rise

Just the cooling and eating remains...

Just the cooling and eating remains…

I miss the baking at the camp,  but it is a lot more fun to do it with Eden than the mosquitoes in the kitchen-tent!  See you tomorrow at the Market…  Noon to 2pm.

Another Round of Earthquakes

Yakutat was rocked again this morning,  by several strong earthquakes centered about 70 miles west of Gustavus between Lituya Bay and Cape Spencer.  Right around 3am,  residents were rolled out of their sleep by what seemed to be a quake lasting more than two minutes,  with two good sized jolts mixed in the middle.  According to the USGS,  they were two separate quakes measuring 4.7 and 5.9 beginning 44 seconds and 2 km apart.  7 more aftershocks between 4.5 and 3.8 hit the same area throughout the next two hours.

Yakutat had several earthquakes near Mt St Elias last week of a similar magnitude and frequency of aftershocks.  The largest was a 6.0,  93 km to the NNW.  Today’s quakes occurred 195 miles to the ESE of Yakutat.

The two recent earthquake events on either side of Yakutat

The two recent earthquake events on either side of Yakutat

The isolated coast as we approach Cape Spencer

I happened to take a photo of the location of the quakes just yesterday!

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Missing my First Assembly Meeting

Last night was a special budget work session…  The consensus was to pass the same budget that failed last month with no changes,  no cuts.  I wasn’t exactly thrilled to say the least,  but they had their 4 votes going into tonight’s actual assembly meeting.  Then…  I had been working over the past month on a rather large sale for the fly shop that dropped into our lap unexpectedly.  This morning,  we discovered that a box of wader boots I shipped south only had ONE boot in it…

The purchase was by a large European yacht that is parked near Pelican.  The people needing the boots arrived today in Juneau and flew to the yacht in a floatplane.  It was the last flight they would be sending from Juneau,  so there was no way to get the missing boot to the boat in any conventional way.  So…  I had to fly a single boot from Yakutat to Pelican and toss it from the plane window near the boat in a dry bag.  Special delivery!

This was the largest order we have ever had at the fly shop and I really didn’t want to screw this up.  And I did.  At least I was able to get them their complete order,  but it meant I had to fly out of here at 2pm,  deliver the drop at 4pm,  go to Juneau to fill up at 5pm,  run into town to grab some things at Home Despot that I really needed and get back to Yakutat.  I landed back in Yakutat just after 8pm and ran into town to try and make the assembly meeting.

The parking lot was empty and the lights were off.  Boy,  they really do have short meetings when I’m not there to babble and drag the meeting on for three hours.

From what I gather,  they passed the budget as-is,  with a stipulation that we must reopen the budget in 60 days.  Not exactly sure what that means,  but we’ll see.  They also appointed Martha Indreland as Interim Manager until August 21st.  We have interviews scheduled with the two Borough Manager applicants over the next couple weeks (July 30th and August 14th).

So I missed my first assembly meeting.  Sorry.  I had hoped to make it back for at least part of it,  but didn’t.  If that was the case,  I should have spent more time down there and actually loaded the plane with supplies.  As it is,  I wasted a lot of space on the flight.  Weather was pretty poor at Cape Spencer both directions and really low visibility through the channel at Pelican.  First time I have ever seen Pelican and it is really gorgeous!

Here are some photos from the trip.  I didn’t take many,  since the clouds were down on the deck about half of the trip…

Looking up the Dangerous River just outside of Yakutat

Looking up the Dangerous River just outside of Yakutat

The Middle Italio is pretty straight this year with just one jog between my cabin and the mouth

The Middle Italio is pretty straight this year with just one jog between my cabin and the mouth

The East River with the tide in

The East River with the tide in

Lituya Bay and Cenotaph Island - see the bathtub ring around the edge from the 1958 wave,  the light color on the island is the old growth,  the dark green is what the wave wiped out

Lituya Bay and Cenotaph Island – see the bathtub ring around the edge from the 1958 wave, the light color on the island is the old growth, the dark green is what the wave wiped out

La Perouse Glacier climbing the walls

La Perouse Glacier climbing the walls into the clouds

The scalloped lines looked a lot more impressive in real-life

The scalloped lines looked a lot more impressive in real-life

The isolated coast as we approach Cape Spencer

The isolated coast as we approach Cape Spencer

The Cape Spencer Lighthouse

The Cape Spencer Lighthouse

On our way back home,  with the Alsek River on the far right

On our way back home, with the Alsek River on the far right

Akwe Mouth and New Italio River entering on the right - Mark,  see how far the Akwe had moved since you were last up here?  Over a mile.

Akwe Mouth and New Italio River entering on the right – Mark, see how far the Akwe has moved since you were last up here? Over a mile.  Getting much closer to the Middle Italio in the distance.

 

This Week’s Saturday Market Selection

This Saturday July 26th,  we will again be hosting our Yakutat Saturday Market out at the WWII Hangar.  This is the second market of three we will be having this summer.  The last Saturday Market will be August 30th,  2014.

Teen and I will have fresh Blackberries and Blueberries,  along with pickling cucumbers and fresh dill.  Shannon Negus is bringing in produce from the Mat-Su Valley,  featuring potatoes, broccoli,  zucchini and salad onions from Vander Weele and Glacier Valley Farms.

Eden will be up all night Friday baking fresh home-made bread loaves,  since another family is talking about selling cookies this time.  There are also supposed to be two lunch options as well,  but I haven’t had confirmation on that yet.

See you this weekend…

Prepping for last month's Saturday Market

Prepping for last month’s Saturday Market

New location inside the "almost finished" new retail shop spaces (ready for spring 2015)

New location inside the “almost finished” new retail shop spaces (ready for spring 2015)

July 24th Assembly Attachments

Police Report July 24th

DC-3′s

I have our DC-3 out on the ramp this summer getting a wash when it rains.  She needed some daylight,  after being cooped up inside the hangar for the past couple years.  Gave two tours of her today and pointed out her WWII bullet hole patches.  Next month,  my friend Rod will be coming up to play and hopefully we’ll get to fire her up again like last year.  In the meantime…

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Every fall,  the fish plant hires a DC-3 to come in and fly fish off the Tsiu River.  July is a little early in the season to hear that distinctive rumble in the skies,  but here she came anyway…

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The TransNorthern Super DC-3 came in today to haul a load out to Tsiu for Dierick’s Tsiu River Lodge.  From my windows in the hangar,  it looked like they are getting a really nice new people trailer for transporting fishermen around the river.  That’ll be nice.  And nice to see a great plane in Yakutat!

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A Sad Day Around Here

Yes,  we’re all sad to see Chris leaving us.  He is flying “home” to Colorado on tonight’s jet.

Chris,  with his first salmon of the 2014 season!

Chris, with his first salmon of the 2014 season!

It has been a wonderful season with Chris around to help and share his fly fishing wisdom,  but all good things must come to an end.  He couldn’t even make it a full year – he arrived in Yakutat August 1st 2013 and he is abandoning ship with just a week and a half to go before he hits a year.  OK,  so he is really just going “home” to see his parents.  He swears he’ll be back next month.  If not,  we’ll have a bunch of cool stuff from his room up for sale…

Sea Lion skull,  plus some really exquisitely tied flies

Sea Lion skull, plus some really exquisitely tied flies

See anything here you want?  I have dibbs on the refrigerator.

See anything here you want? I have dibbs on the refrigerator.

This is where all the true magic happens

This is where all the true magic happens

Chris always wanted to be a fly fishing guide.  Nothing I said could dissuade him from a life of destitution and hardship that is “fly fishing bum”.  Day before yesterday was his last day on the river for the sockeye season and it was a pretty good one.  Three really nice people who had never held fly rods before.  So…  nothing to unlearn…  They flew out of Yakutat this morning and I had a chance to meet them and say hello.  These are the kind of people that makes being a guide worth it.  A true delight!

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Chris said they landed 6 foul-hooked sockeye and 21 fair-hooked.  It took a little time for them to get all the nuances down,  but they did it and seemed to have a great day.  It would be Chris’ luck that Fish and Game doubled the limit,  but they didn’t have any problems.

Happy fishermen with their increased limits by noon.

Happy fishermen with their increased limits by noon.

I just dropped Chris off at the terminal.  I couldn’t get out of the car because there were two other assemblymen there…  We’d have a quorum if we weren’t careful…  Bye Chris.  See you next month!  There is a “never been fished” stream I have my eyes on right now and Chris won’t be back in time to be there first…

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