Saturday, July 16, 2011

Day 7 - July 9th

Because I had hit my limit, Angela was able to go fishing in my spot... doesn't she look thrilled?  Butch went this last day and Sarah took the extra spot on the boat that was open.

 Lizzie kissed a fish... why?  who knows...
 I just knew I didn't want fish lip kisses!!!

 heading out for the float trip - aren't we all attractive???

 listening to the instructions....

 Not sure what she's thinking... not sure I want to know - ha!
 OK, by the end of this float I didn't want to hear "look there's an eagle" again in my life!  ha!
 we went down a few riffles (Linda calls then, I just report them) and they were very easy and fun... but this is the Kenai and VERY swift - although very shallow on occasion.
 Poor Angie had to pee... she tried to hold it and made it a few more minutes before calling it and asking for a potty stop... only to have the poor guide get out in VERY swift water and a very steep slope into the water and get a LOT of water in his boot and all the way up to his crotch - I felt so bad for him.  The other potty options in the middle all had fishermen on them, so he was trying to be nice and find a more secluded spot for her business :o)
 The wet results of the potty stop.  And not a single critter on the float with the exception to the "e" word.  Really - then what do we see on the RIDE back to the launch?

 we got home rather late for us and it's really dusky - it's almost 11:30 now...
 campfires even in daylight are pretty nice!
 it's now 10pm or closer to 11pm when we took this picture... overcast so a bit darker than normal.
What was at this overlook.
For all the non-mosquito experience we had at the camp and everywhere else we went - this overlook was LOADED with mosquito's in the woods.  I guess it was just the right time and place to see a LOT of them - darker and not very windy and they were out in droves.  But I didn't get a single bite - amazing!

Day 6 - July 8th

 Heading to Homer to Halibut fish - say that 10 times fast!
 OK, the weather up to this point has be BEAUTIFUL - this was one FREEZING cold picnic!

 Lizzie walking the beach
Donna walking the beach.. really walking on barnacled rocks, but beach, none the less - looking for the tide pools.
 This is the beach we're launching off of... the tide is OUT right now and in the distance you can see a bot being hauled out of the water via tractor.  This is the most unique way to launch boats I have ever seen - they take BIG tractors and hook the boat trailers to it then haul you out to the water and back you in - everyone already on board of the boat - basically just back up and stop really fast and slide you out... getting back out is more of an adventure!
 turning around at the waters edge
 and we're in the water and on our way 28 miles towards the sea.
 All the siblings on the same boat!
 Mike and Linda hanging in the cabin to stay a little warmer.
 that Log you see is an otter and it MAY have it's baby with it... there were "schools" - "pods" what are a group of otters called?  We zipped by what I thought was a log the first time it was so large and was informed NO that is an otter... no way!  So they zipped closer the next time just in time to see mom's head pop up and then baby's head pop up at her armpit like it was nursing then they both dove down and were gone - I would NEVER have pictured them so far out to sea (inlet).. but you get the drift - 200 foot of water and they're just floating along....
 note lack of jacket on my part... I'm just in a thermal it was nice out there once we stopped motoring along it really did warm up a bit and the water was scary smooth!
 Nope, not dragging in a gull!

 That would be a skate twirling in the water being a bugger to drag up... halibut have the mouth in front so fly like a kite, skates are more like open umbrellas and that with a 5lb weight and 200' of line can wear a body out!

 Dad's HUGE Halibut catch!!
 counting heads in bloody water.
 Dad doing his best to avoid the huge pile of fish at his feet - not working so well!
 WHAT a HAUL!  Not too shabby.
Mr. Ling Cod does not think it's such a good haul!

The rest of the crew went to see what Homer had to offer...
 Overlooking the Spit
  It's all fun and games until... well, someone gets poked in the nose?  Naw.. still fun and games
 they look a bit chilly, don't you think?
 And maybe a wee bit crabby?

Day 5 - July 7th

 The gangs all here - with exception of Butch - he's still not up to par and laying low from the fishing today.  Sarah went in his place.
 Sarah caught the FIRST fish of the day - a 20lb king! Way to go Sarah!  Robert then caught the next, then Dad, then me following up at the end... now this sounds like it took forever, but it was a very uncommon occurrence.  We were off the river by 9am - yes, 9am.  Three hours of fishing and everyone in our boat hit our limits.  Way to go!
 Since we were off the river SO early, I volunteered to take the girls riding as I wanted to ride as well - so off we went.  It was a nice ride through the woods, with surprising few mosquito's and MANY more roots and tripping hazards than I have EVER seen on a trail ride in my life!  Wow is all I have to say.  We didn't go very far and looped back on our selves a few times, but it was a pleasant ride for all involved!

 When first coming out on this, it looks like a river, but is instead an air strip!

 We also went panning for gold at a cheesy side shop.  It was very cheesy, but fun, still the same.

Robert got to meet a BBall idol in Karl Malone - he used to play for the Jazz.  He was nice and took a picture with Robbie.   
 More of the "cheesy-ness" ha!

 shovel your dirt and start looking for the GOLD!

 Sluicing the dirt to look for the big bucks - ha!
 Sarah not looking too thrilled - is she....
 Angie looks like she's enjoying this!
 Liz and I are working hard for our gold!

 Janet looking for her millions to come in!

 The final process with panning...
 The results with a garnet for good measure.

Going into the "mine" - it was funny it was all above ground and just a darkened dirt covered tunnel.  Funny!
 Angie had a run in with the local wildlife while there....
 Just a cute picture of the girls!

More of the moose that we saw previously!
I get the feeling our dates are just wrong on some of the cameras - I think this is from my Olympus... and this wasn't the same day as horse riding... so things are ALL out of order :o)