Saturday, May 31, 2014
That isn't really a challenge. It was a question of appropriateness or etiquette. As far as ability - the answer is lots and lots. Most of the day was spent cleaning out the kitchen area of the crew cabin. Boy, I wish we'd noticed that that big pot wasn't empty when we left. It's sitting out in the tundra now. Euwww.
Friday, May 30, 2014
The first part is true ("It's a brand new season") and the impulsive second part ("I'm going to be more patient") will give me something else to work on this whole summer. I don't think it's too soon and I do have some great role models here. This one is a catch up post, starting when we arrived on the 26th. May 26. An early start The season is starting so early this year that not only have I arrived about a week early, David came in on the same plane. Although he actually came early as part of his year round work as a solar project developer, he is finding a way to help us get set up early, around his (very exciting) solar development work. There is more about that at the end. We arrived in a state of heightened anxiety after hearing reports of early red salmon caught in local subsistence nets – all indicators are pointing to an early season. How early? Some people say one week, like the herring; Eddie guessed two weeks, based on his subsistence catch; I was afraid it would be a month early... and I was missing it! The fishermen are trying hard to be early, even if the salmon aren’t. But the airlines aren't set up for that. Alaska Airlines doesn’t start bringing its 737s into King Salmon until around June 10. Before that, it’s all PenAir, the local airline that flies 28 people at a time. So all PenAir flights from Anchorage to King Salmon from about May 28 through June 9 have been booked for weeks, if not months, adding to the general sense of being late for something that no one knows when (or whether) it will start. Plus, all spring I’ve been hearing about how much warmer it has been in Naknek than in Seattle – May in Naknek was marked by high temperatures (70s and 80s) and no rainfall. Uh oh, I thought: not so good for fishing if this keeps up. We arrived in King Salmon at about 7:30 pm, with a temperature of about 45 degrees and a promising rainfall. Whew! I was relieved… though it does make opening up a little muddier and overall less comfortable. After a brief stop at the freezer in the net locker, we headed down the beach. It is nice to have some help with the early phase of opening up.