Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunshine and Sunsets


It's May 31st and what a May it has been! With the exception of just a few days, we have had more sun than we've seen for quite a while. Of course the few days that it rained happened to be days when my boat was hauled out and I was trying to paint, but that's ok. There have been so many good days this month that it's hard to complain. The bugs haven't even been bad yet, which is a real blessing. Usually when I'm trying to paint the boat, either the no-see-ums are so thick you can hardly breath without sucking a dozen in at a time or the horse flies are waiting for me to put my guard down so they can chow down on my flesh. I'm pretty diligent about keeping an eye out for them though. I don't get much painting done when they are around, but you should see all the dead horse flies littering the water around the boat.
Today is another sunny day and it looks like in the next few days it's going to get really, really hot! The forcast is for 80 degree plus weather. For this area, that is almost unbearable. It's great for painting or fiberglass work on the boat, but the heat just drains the strength right out of me. Usually sunny days bring the west wind too, which can be miserable if your'e out on a boat.
So far I haven't wet a line yet this year. I've got the boat hauled out to caulk and paint and it should go back in tonight. Then tommorow, I'm supposed to start back down at the new boat haulout finishing the concrete work. It doesn't sound like I'm missing much fish- wise. It's been pretty slow. That is kind of a blessing too. If everyone else was catching king salmon to beat the band, Id be going nuts right now. Hopefully this job will end just before the good fishing really starts and I'll be ready just in time for the big smash! What the heck, it doesn't hurt to dream. After all, I was hoping for a better spring this year, and we got it!

Friday, May 22, 2009

The New Boat Haulout/ Whining Session

If I can get some pictures to finish uploading to the web page you'll be able to see what I have been working on for the last few weeks. The page says that it's uploading pictures, but I don't believe it. The internet around here has been incredibly slow lately. For a couple days we didn't have any internet service at all. Apparently the internet provider has an antenna on top of the cold storage roof, and the cold storage is getting some electrical work done, so that knocked out our internet. Sometimes living here is like being in Bizzarro world- from the Superman comic books. In that world everything worked backwards. I don't know very much about how the internet works- and frankly, I don't really care. I do care about having a reliable internet service here though- something that has been exceedingly difficult to obtain. I can't understand why. I know that we're kind of in the bush, but we're not that isolated. It kind of boggles the mind. I can understand not having a Mc Donalds or Burger King, and I can more or less understand why we don't have a bank any more, but no internet service? Come on! That's not totally true. I think there is Hughs net and Starband, and maybe even AT&T, although I'm not real sure how reliable any of those are because I don't have any of those. Any way, it looks like the pictures are going to have to be added at a later date. It looks like this blog will just be a bitch and moan session. Sorry folks.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Seagull Mountain


It's May 12, and so far spring has been all that anyone could ask for. What a contrast to the past several years. It runs in my mind that there were only about 18 days of sun last spring and summer. This year has far exceeded that already.
I love this view. There is a dirt road above the town that stretches for several miles. There are only a few breaks in the trees like this one.As you can see, the view is fantastic. On the left is the entrance to the small boat harbor. The breakwater extends all the way to Graveyard Island. I'm not sure how many people are buried there, but it I believe the city is looking for a new site.
The mountain off in the distance is Seagull Mountain. Like all the area around here, it has been extensively logged, which is evident by the large bare patches on the sides of the mountain.
The area on the other side of the breakwater is shallow and supports a healthy stock of Dungeness crabs. Quite a few of the locals keep crab pots in the area. It's not uncommon for someone else to check your pot for you and help themselves to the crab. Usually if they re-bait it there won't be too many hard feelings.
The large dock in the forefront belongs to the city. Quite a number of the small boat skiff fishermen dock there year round and in the summer the outside of the float can accomodate quite a few of the bigger boats like seiners. The smaller dock on the left with the white buildings is owned by Hoonah Cold Storage. From now until the end of September it's a pretty busy place. They buy salmon, halibut and black cod from the commercial fishermen and dispense ice and bait. Hoonah has always been a fishing town and though commercial fishing isn't as important as it once was to the town, it still provides a number of jobs is an important source of revenue to the city.
While there is still a lot of snow left on the upper elevations, it's pretty well dissapeared from around town. The leaves are starting to pop out and it won't be long until the no-seeums and misquitos make their annual appearance. Like with everything in life you have to take the good with the bad. Enjoy the things you like about each season and tolerate those you don't the best you can. For now I'm just enjoying the sunshine and looking forward to the days ahead.