Todd came up to Alaska to go fishing and we did; however, I got him to help build the extension to the deck while he was here. As you saw last time, he did a lot of the work in building the deck with me standing by helping some of the time. His trip didn’t start off that great as he was supposed to arrive on Thursday and we had a Halibut trip planned for Saturday. His flight from KC to Denver was sent to Pueblo because of thunder storms in Denver. By the time he actually arrived in Denver, his flight to Anchorage had already left, s0-0-0-0 the next available flight required a flight to Phoenix (?????), then a flight to Seattle where he caught a flight to Anchorage, a day later!!!!!! What happened to the days when we could book a flight and expect to arrive at the destination at least on the same day? You didn’t sit with your knees under your chin and the plane wasn’t stuffed with people.
Anyway, we were able to postpone the Halibut trip (it helps to be good friends with the Captain) and we went Halibut fishing the next day. A beautiful day, cool, no rain, calm seas and lots of fish. We didn’t catch anything huge, but we did catch lots and had a blast. Jan and I went with Todd and Dave with Captain Don and his grandson, Hunter. We caught a lot of small sharks and enough nice Halibut to send a picture along to you to envy! Above Dave is reeling one in and Todd is grinning at his exertions. Next is our total catch for the day. Lots of good Halibut fillets.
We were putting on the final touches to the deck extension by screwing in the railing boards. You saw the entire construction process in last nights blog and here we are finishing off the deck by me holding on while Todd was screwing in the board in the proper place. At this point we still had to finish off the front steps, but we had completed most of the main deck and walkway.
Todd decided what the finished deck needed were a couple of sentinels to watch over who came into the kitchen deck. So he talked us into placing the bear and the eagle at each corner to keep out the rif-raf. Of course, then we had to put in the totem to keep the two of them company. It turned out to be a great addition to the RV Park and one that will get a lot of use in the future.
Todd wanted to go Red fishing and we tried fishing on the Kenai, but the fish had all passed though. We heard that they were catching Reds up on the Kenai at the confluence of the Russian River so we took a drive to the Russian River Ferry Landing to see if we could catch some too. WE DID! There wasn’t a crowd and the three of us had a blast catching and releasing big Red salmon. Here you see Todd bringing in a nice Red while the Ferry is in the background taking a load of fishermen back to the campground.
We caught several Reds that hadn’t turned to their mature colors of Red and Green before they spawn then die. We kept several of them for smoking. Todd and I both caught several large Red males that had matured and were ready to mate and spawn. Here Todd is showing off one of the big ones he caught. It’s colors are beautiful with a bright crimson body, a dark green head, fins and tail. We modeled the sign on our van, Grace to
match this. I had heard that the flesh of the Reds after they had matured turned mushy and strong flavored. NOT TRUE! The flesh had lost some of it’s bright red color, but it was still firm and when we smoked it, we couldn’t tell the difference between it and any other salmon that we caught.
Although it is difficult to see in this photo, a brown bear was visiting the area and enjoying the salmon as well. Here Jan is fishing while up the river beyond the Ferry is a group of people that were fishing and their boat at the tip of the trees. Just beyond the rear of the boat is a brown bear that was enjoying the catch of the people that had been in the boat. It didn’t bother any of them other than to enjoy their fish and then wandered into the woods, later to appear on the other side of them at the edge of the water trying to catch his own salmon.
Which brings us to Todd’s final job while he was here with us this summer.
It seems that while Dave and Shirley were with us earlier, he really wanted to see a Brown Bear. We never saw one. However, after he left, Todd and Jan found the droppings of a Brown Bear on the road to the west of us. So to satisfy Dave, Todd went down to the road and picked up the droppings of the Brown Bear and we sent it to Dave so he would have something to show other than a photo of a Brown Bear. Wasn’t that nice of Todd ?