7.19.2008

Total Slacker. . . not my fault!

I just wanted to let everybody know that I am a slacker. My husband was great and posted stuff during his Alaska trip but I haven't done anything on our blog for a while. SORRY! The truth is, I have been reading. I am not a huge reader but the Twilight series definitely sucked me in. Thank goodness I finished all three books in less than a week so that I can get on with my life, pay attention to my children, do my dishes, the laundry, cook dinner, all those things that went down the drain while I was reading those darn books. Yes- I enjoyed them, yes- I am glad I am done, yes- I am planning on starting the fourth one as soon as I can get my hands on it.

Memory Game

Here is a fun little game... leave a comment on my blog of a memory that you and I have had together. It doesn't matter if you've known me for a short time or a long time, anything that you remember! Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It is pretty funny to read the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you are playing and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. On your mark... get set... blog those memories!

7.17.2008

It's all about perspective

Today I caught a couple of fish. I know that is what I have been doing the whole trip, so it shouldn't be a big deal, right? The reason that I am so proud of these fish is that I wasn't on some charter boat, and I didn't have a guide. I just took my fishing pole down to the river behind the lodge and pretended to know what I was doing by copying everyone else.

I ended up catching this red salmon (also called a sockeye salmon) which ended up being one of the biggest ones taken from the river that day. It was a ton of fun trying to reel that thing in (it sure gave a lot more fight than the usual eight inch brook trout I usually catch in utah)

A little while later, I caught this little guy. It is a little baby salmon, and no it wasn't just a frozen bait fish. I really did hook him right in the middle from that same river. I didn't even notice until I glanced at my hook and saw something flipping around on it. Now I have to decide which took more talent- being able to snag a inch and a half baby or reeling in a fifteen pound salmon.

7.16.2008

Check out this bear

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Fishing on wolverine creek

we got to fly on a little puddle jumper



The lake looked like it belonged in some tropical rainforest, but then I remembered how cold it was and I decided we were still in Alaska

We saw a couple of bears, and they were litterally twenty five feet away. Derek had a fish on his line that was splashing around, and the bear came in to get it. I bet he was less than ten feet from the boat.


We all caught our limit of red salmon, and the guide grilled one up for us on the boat




What happened to the moon?

I never never realized how much the sun is shining up here. When we go to bed the sun is up, and when we get up at four in the morning to go fishing the sun is up. It is pretty wierd to get used to. I think that I would rather the sun be up all of the time then have it never up like it is in the winter

This is at ten at night from the dock behind the lodge on the kenai river


This one is at midnight from the same spot

7.14.2008

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Alaska day 2



We went to Ninilchik to do some halibut fishing. When this pulled up, I wasn't so sure that I wanted to go clear out into the ocean on it.


We caught our limit on halibut, and although Casey caught the biggest one, two out of the three biggest were caught by me.
We were all pretty tired on the way back to the port in Seward

That fish is huge, it is barely off of the ground

Alaska is Awesome!

After we landed in Ankorage, we had a three hour drive to Soldotna. The views were awesome

After our fist day of fishing, we ended up with quite a catch. We caught some red snappers, ling cod, black bass, silver salmon, and of course a bunch of halibut.



The biggest halibut in the picture beats the lodge season record by almost twenty pounds. It weighed in at 142 lbs and Ken Hales actually caught it with a salmon rod set up with thirty pound test line. It was so heavy that after two hours the reel hadn't moved it at all, so our guide pulled it up 250 feet with his bear hands