Alaska Stories

Even Glaciers Get Boring

It is dusk in Stephen's Passage, and I am on wheelwatch as the boat travels north from Petersburg, back to the fishing grounds near Juneau.  We are into fall weather now... the sky is a leaden grey and the sea is choppy, breaking into white topped curls, the wind blowing the spray off the waves… Continue reading Even Glaciers Get Boring

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Alaska Stories

The Rainbow

Anchored in Slocum Inlet.  Nasty weather today- rain, heavy wind.  We are spinning in fairly rapid circles around the anchor.  The gillnetters in their tiny boats are being thrown all about in the chop - makes me nervous for fall fishing in Puget Sound.  Peaceful day - we left Gastineau at 3:30 a.m. and went… Continue reading The Rainbow

Alaska Stories

Snettisham

Last week, everyone was all aflutter that Fish and Game was going to open up the back end of Port Snettisham.  A hatchery sits back there and the biologists believed half a million pounds of salmon were there in the water, waiting to go up the rivers to spawn.  ADFG announced Friday that they would open the… Continue reading Snettisham

Alaska Stories

The First Two Weeks

From the bow of the boat, I can see the lights of Petersburg sparkling red and yellow in the distance. We slide by Sukoi Island, a black silouette in the middle of Frederick Sound. My cell phone lights up- reception. Contact. I stand at the bow and check text messages as the cold wind slides… Continue reading The First Two Weeks