Friday, August 31, 2007
Goldfish is going to a birthday party tonight so I think I'll do a hike and enjoy the day because September is right around the corner! Cheers everyone!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
The picture above is of the Grand Aleutian hotel, taken from the Museum of the Aleutians parking lot. The guy sitting in the foreground is watching all the salmon jumping. The Grand Aleutian has a nice little giftshop, a pub with live music most nights, and the Chartroom Restarant which has an all you can eat seafood buffet every Wednesday and a fantastic brunch buffet every Sunday.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
These pictures are hot off the digital camera but are not what I hoped to post . . . let me explain. I had just gotten home from work after stopping by the galley for a bowl food. I grabbed a couple slices of pork roast, some mashed potatoes and some cottage cheese and then Goldfish had brought home leftovers from an office birthday party for her boss so I had a pretty good spread going. I was looking out the window while I ate and noticed two sea lions swimming by - I didn't want to stop eating right that minute but I've been wanting some sea lion photos for the blog so after eating I headed out with the camera to walk on the beach and see if I could catch up with the sea lions.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Anyways, I'm off to the grocery store to get supplies to cook Shrimp and Chicken Pad Thai tomorrow or the next day. I took the picture above of the F/V Bering Rose today as it turned the corner and started down the channel with the morning sun behind it. Sometimes its interesting to intentionally back light something and see how it turns out . . . .
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
The World War II Museum is nicely done, from the exterior to the neatly and well written displays. It is only open 4 days a week for 5 hours so I was wondering if I would ever get there but yesterday's day off was the perfect opportunity. The museum is right next to the airport and I was able to watch a Coast Guard C-130 do touch-and-gos on the short runway.
Today it felt good to be back at work, working hard and feeling healthy. The pollock were huge and there was just enough bycatch, primarily herring, to make the day go by quickly. Early to bed for me, those huge fish kicked my butt!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Lots of new pictures that I'll get posted in the days ahead. There are several boats coming in tonight and tommorow so lots of work for awhile. Cod season starts in a week and we are flying in additional workers to help with the extra load; the season is almost half over so this has been a nice midpoint break.
I came home for lunch a couple days ago and glanced across at the creek as I opened my door and noticed this eagle enjoying a bit of lunch as well, no doubt a salmon. I decided to not work refrigeration today so I can go to the WWII Museum and do some beachcombing. It's nice to have a break, almost halfway through the season, to get a real rest and take care of some errands that can't be done on days I work because tommorow morning F/V Seawolf will be here followed by all the others and September 1 is the start of cod season as well . . . but today I am content to watch a raven's antics from my living room window while I sip a cup of tea. Cheers everyone!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I took these a couple days ago by our place. The church is three or four buildings down the street and it is one of my favorite buildings to photograph as it changes depending on the view, the weather and the season. The other is of the creek directly across the street from our bedroom showing 70 or 80 salmon moving upstream - hopefully they will show up when the picture posts. They are always merrily jumping away, I go to sleep to the sounds of their splashing.
Monday, August 20, 2007
. . . that we might have a day or two without fish and I'll be working refrigeration. If that's the case I want to hike Mt. Ballyhoo tommorow evening to take advantage of the lighter work day.
I took these pictures Sunday night on the way back from Summer's Bay. I've come to the conclusion - and mentioned it to my Dad on the phone a couple hours ago - that it is really hard to take a bad picture with bald eagles in it. I think that eagles are the "new moose" for me, since there are no moose out here to photograph . . . .
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
I took this photo of Chico when we were out at Summer's Bay, knowing he was back lit too much but wanting that effect. I think this captures his essence very well, he is the quintessential island dog!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
We went to a lecture tonight at the museum given by a pHD candidate from University of Alaska Fairbanks on killer whale research around the Pribilof Islands. She was in town because Greenpeace is back, in the form of the Esperanza parked in my "front yard", and they are going to help her place some more acoustic devices. The presentation was great and there are several more good ones scheduled for the coming weeks. The one tommorow night is a slide show of the best of 30 years underwater photography around Unalaska - especially interesting because I'm going to get my scuba certification next year and start diving as well.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I took the picture above a few days ago when I didn't have to work until 9 so I sat on the beach in front of the house and watched the start of the day. I have a ton of pictures to post from the Summer's Bay outing and will start posting those tommorow. Cheers and good night everyone!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The picture is one I took this evening and shows a piece of old rope buried in the sand with bird tracks around it.
Monday, August 13, 2007
This is the cute little bridge that goes over the stream beside the house. I actually took these photos back in June when I first got here - everything is a lot greener these days. The top photo looks to the left and shows the post office, the second photo looks to the right back towards the apartment and shows Haystack Hill.
We had a contrast in weather the last three days - first it was almost 80 degrees on Saturday, an amazing temperature for out here. Then yesterday the winds howled in with a light rain and I fell asleep last night to great storm sounds outside. Then today Dutch Harbor was flat calm, reflecting everything like a mill pond, and you could see a salmon jump a half mile away. Three days, three totally different personalities.
Goldfish has been berry picking with great success lately, I need to join her and Keri next time and contribute to the growing hoard of salmon berries in the freezer. Salmon berries are sort of like raspberries in appearance with a different taste - I've been the quality control to this point making sure they were up to standard before they were frozen (consequently a pint or so didn't stay around long enough to be frozen - yum!)
Sunday, August 12, 2007
According to this site the Defender used to be an off shore supply vessel that has been reconfigured for factory trawler duty. Whatever the case may be, I always stop what I'm doing and watch her pass by the house, she's a beauty . . . .
Saturday, August 11, 2007
One of the cool things I found out at the museum yesterday was that the building I live in was hit by a bomb when the Japaneese attacked Unalaska on June 3 and 4, 1942. Goldfish claims she told me this already (and she's right, I can kind of remember) but the map of all the bomb strikes at the museum drove it home for me. Sorry the photos are poor and hard to see, it is the bomb strike at lower left of the map - my building was formerly a Bureau of Indian Affairs Hospital.
Anyways, that's my fun fact for the day. I only worked eight hours again today so I sat on the beach in front of my place and watched the sunrise after breakfast - I feel wonderfully rested and got lots done this evening!
Friday, August 10, 2007
Today I only worked 8 hours so I took advantage of all the free time by going to the Museum of the Aleutians, picking up a fishing license at the AC, buying contact lenses on-line, and driving up Ballyhoo and hiking around. I found a good map of the island at the museum and took some good pictures - it was sunny and maybe 65 degrees, the warmest it has been. Everyone was in a good mood with the short day and we get to sleep in tommorow as well! Cheers everyone!
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Short post as tonight is movie night so I'm going to jump in the shower and get ready. Cheers everyone!
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
I got off work a bit early today (and went in a bit late, but that's a different story) so I tried to make it to the Museum of the Aleutians before it closed with no luck. It was too nice to just go home so I drove out to the spit and watched the boats and enjoyed the sunshine. There are hundreds and hundreds of crab pots stored on the spit awaiting the arrival of the crab fleet and apparently this eagle found just the right one to perch and keep an eye on things. As I'm typing this I'm watching the fog steal into Dutch Harbor from the south, the frosting on a perfect day . . .
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
This is a picture of one of our boats, the Sea Wolf taken from Strawberry Hill. We had company for supper tonight and it was fun although a bit subdued. Chico had someone to romp with in the living room while we ate, and Goldfish's pot roast turned out great!
Monday, August 6, 2007
I only worked 9 hours today instead of the usual twelve and a half and the extra sleep was amazing! I was almost giddy with energy and I could feel my body recovering and I'm ready to be back into the heat of things tommorow. The coolest thing I saw today was a heavily loaded tandem ocean kayak arriving in Dutch Harbor this evening - it looked like they were heading to the small boat harbor. I almost jumped in the truck and headed down there to ask them for their story as it looked like they had been on the water for awhile - did they circumnavigate the island? Or just go camping for a week or two? I knew the harbor was perfectly safe for a kayak and want to get one someday but this was the first one I have seen arriving from the open ocean. It was especially interesting because I had just finished Birth Place Of The Winds about 4 guys that explored some of the Aleutian Islands by kayaks.
The top picture is of a huge yacht that stayed in the harbor for a few days a couple weeks ago. The picture doesn't really show how impressive this vessel was - and the rumor was it was a charter boat that rents for a cool $110,000 a week. Somebody must have really wanted to visit Dutch Harbor! The bottom picture is important for two reasons - first, it is the only picture on this blog so far that I did not personally take since I arrived on the island, and secondly, this is my grand daughter Aubrey who turns one year old tommorow! Happy birthday sweetie, I love you!
Sunday, August 5, 2007
The picture is taken at the entrance to the Russian Orthodox Church graveyard. I couldn't quite get the freighter framed like I wanted but I still like the effect.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Yesterday at work we had finished unloading the Progress and I was watching with interest the Great Pacific move into place along the dock using their deck crane since they were working on their main engine and didn't want to start it yet. The wind was blowing out of the southeast and I saw the coolest sight as the clouds were blown across the top 500 feet of the nearby mountains - it looked just like the smoke in the wind tunnel you see in car commercials all the time as the clouds speed up in the area around and alongside the peaks, a perfect demonstration of the venturi effect.
These photos have nothing to do with that but you can see there are no more boxes to unpack, that the place is pretty squared away and comfortable. In the middle picture you can see the computer desk where I sit and blog and look out the window. Life is good, and the company furniture is actually pretty good stuff. Cheers everyone, and good night!
Friday, August 3, 2007
When you work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week for over 6 weeks now (I did have one day off in there somewhere where I climbed Bunker Hill but I'd have to check my journal to see exactly when that was) you can lose track of what day it is, and certainly what the date is, except for one clue - the galley menu. Thank goodness things stay on a schedule there if fo no other reason than to mark the passage of time! I have three favorite meals - seafood night on Fridays, steak night on Saturdays, and then Mexican night is good as well. Not only do I look forward to these meals more than the others, it helps me keep track of the day of the week.
These two pictures were both taken on Ballyhoo with the bottom picture showing the webcams that take the pictures on the FAA website I linked to yesterday. I had a nice evening today talking to a son in North Dakota and a sister in Idaho and taking care of some stuff around the house. Hope everyone is doing well and thanks for all your comments - nite!