Monday, July 26, 2010

Alaska Fishing Misadventure

It is prime fishing season in Alaska.  The reds are running hard in the Kenai and Russian Rivers, and my husband, Bob, was lucky enough to bring some some salmon home last week!  So, with salmon in the freezer we decided to take a halibut charter out of Ninilchik.   Bob booked a lovely Bed & Breakfast in Kasilof, about a half hour ride from our charter service.  The weekend was off with great enthusiasm and expectations.  We were headed for what Bob called, a REAL Alaskan Adventure!

Preferring to stay indoors and quilt, the first thing I had to do was get a fishing license.  We then set off for our four hour ride from Eagle River to Kasilof.  This has been a very rainy summer, and it rained the whole way down.  We checked in to the Gallery Lodge, run by a lovely woman named Dot.  She is an artist and a quilter.  I enjoyed seeing her newly finished Christmas applique quilt, her paintings and pottery.  Truly talented!

We then headed south to Homer for dinner, another hour in Bob's truck in the rain.  I was hoping to get some beautiful pictures of Homer, however the rain prevailed!  

Homer, Alaska is a unique place on earth where the land, sea, mountains and sky all come together in the most majestic way.  Unfortunately, the poor weather did not provide ideal conditions for taking photographs.


It happened that our middle daughter Emily, had also headed to Homer for the weekend. Actually, Homer was only a stop on her way to Halibut Cove, a remote site that she had to take a water taxi to get to.  A friend of Emily's had won the lottery to stay in a state owned cabin.  I was hoping to connect with her in Homer, however her water taxi left before we arrived.   When I spoke to her on the phone, she was waiting for her water taxi in the infamous Salty Dawg Saloon.


I have heard it said: "Homer is a quaint little drinking village with a fishing problem."
 


I was concerned for Emily and her friend spending a rainy night at a remote cabin with nothing to do.  Not my Emily!  During the boat ride over they heard of a "Pirate Party" taking place in Halibut Cove.  They spent the night partying, meeting new people, and having a blast! (And in case you were wondering ~ yes, there were people dressed as Pirates!)
 
We arrived at the charter service the next morning ready to fish!  The weather was still raining, but Bob and I were hopeful, making bets on who between the two of us would catch the first fish.  However, due to mechanical problems with the boat we never left land.

We are rescheduled for next weekend at both the B & B and the charter service. Wish us better luck!  Hopefully, we will have better weather, our limit of halibut, and much better "Alaska" pictures to share!