I’ve got some more pictures from alaska to share. The first group (which you can find here) is from my week in Anchorage, and the ones where I’m on a boat are taken from a harbor wildlife cruse I took that was based out of Seward, AK on the Kenai Peninsula. For all of these pictures, I was halibut fishing near Seward, AK. I also have gotten my first taste of the fish (I grilled a fillet last week) and it was soooo gooood.
This first group is from the halibut fishing trip. You may have seen my posts about halibut fishing on twitter and what a hassle it was to get my halibut home from Alaska, but the trip was awesome. Here’s a view from the boat as we are steaming out of resurrection bay around sunrise (8am-ish)
This next shot is a view from the boat after we have exited the bay and were out in the open ocean. The water was quite choppy, so much so that the whole group almost didnt go out because of it. I was still ok during this part – I didn’t start to feel like donating last nights dinner and that mornings breakfast to the fish until much later in the ride.
Those snow covered peaks in the very back of the shot are from Kenai Fjords National Park. I wanted to spend some time in the park, but it’s not really accessible by car.
When I was on the halibut boat I was wearing my wyoming hat, and a guy walked on the boat with a wyoming hat. He quickly sat down next to me and we started chatting. Turns out, the guy lives where I used to live in wyoming and knows both of H’s parents! I absolutely couldnt believe it. It’s such a small world sometimes.
These are all the fish caught by everyone on the boat. Alaska has a daily bag limit of 2, so that’s the maximum that you can catch. Everyone on the boat caught that many, and after that we were steaming back to the harbor.
I didnt sit down in the cabin of the boat at all, and rarely went in there because it made me feel sea sick. (note to guys: if it’s a choppy sea and you need to go to the bathroom, dont waste your time peeing in the bathroom. I got thrown around so many times and hit my head on the wall and had water splashing me in the face from the porthole window that I had regretted my decision even before I was finished – Just go off the side of the boat.) So as I was sitting outside watching the deck hand toss all the fish out of the box and onto the deck, I waited for mine (marked with orange zip ties around the tail) to come out. The first one I saw flew out of the box, and on to the deck, where it washed right out the deck drain! I told the deck hand and he chuckled (because it was sorta funny) and he said they had another one for me. I probably got the better end of that – the one they gave me was probably bigger. S
Some of you have probably seen this, others probably have no idea what it is. It’s a coal tipple, and one reason that I took a picture of it was because I thought it looked really awesome in front of the mountain. The tipple is there because this is the only port in alaska that doesnt freeze over for the whole year, so most of the coal mined in central Alaska is taken by train to a facility near this tipple, processed, and then sent to this tipple for loading on a boat.