Friday, July 10, 2009
Breakdowns and Sunsets
I should be out fishing right now, but the other day when I went out, the hydraulic pump, which I kind of hoped I had a fixed with a shot of WD40 and a rap with a rubber mallet, decided to give up the ghost. Fortunately I was able to get all the gear up this time without having to resort to the pipe wrench. When I first discovered I was having a problem with the pump, I had all four lines in the water and I had to pull two fifty pound leads plus gear and fish, and two thirty five pound leads with gear and fish with the pipe wrench. I had about fourteen fathoms of gear out and could only pull in about six inches at a time. Needless to say it took awhile and I was a little stiff and sore when it all finally came aboard. However, all that's in the past. I sent the pump over to Juneau to be worked on and it's supposed to be coming here on the next flight. Hopefully I will get it all squared away and get out fishing this afternoon. Breakdowns are one of the down falls of being self- employed. If you can't work, you can't make money, and with something like fishing or farming where there is a limited time to work in, it can really be tough. All that being said, I had a chance to go on a bike ride with Jan last night and had the forsight to bring my camera, so I got a few great shots. I never get tired of seeing the sunset here- maybe because we normally don't get all that much sun... plus it's just plain beautiful. The first photo is of the cannery which is now a tourist destination. The second is of the tunnel, looking across Port Frederick. I'm so blessed to be in a place with such incredible scenery. Of course there are good points and bad to every place, but at the end of the day when you're with someone you love, out enjoying the evening, it's hard to remember the bad stuff.