In Alaska we say “When the fireweed turns to cotton, summer days are forgotten”. If that’s true, we started thinking about fall weeks ago! Anchored in Mite Cove on our way home last week the birds around us seemed anxious, restless. Rivers are clogged with fish, bears are fat and happy.
I love the fall. Especially the fact that cooler weather means you can build a fire in the wood stove or dive into an all-day baking project without worrying about the oven heating up the house. Slow cooked meals, fragrant pots of tea, cozy sweaters - it all sounds so wonderful right now!
Our last off load was a doozy! 8 hours tied up out at the Samson Dock, our amazing crew (thanks so much to Mariah, Jordan and Trina - you rock!) helped us pull the 2000 coho we caught on our last trip out of the freezer and tuck them away in their boxes for the long ride down to Seattle. We fought rain and wind most of the day, and I my abs still ache from leaning deep into the big boxes to place the first couple layers of fish.
Yesterday we spent cleaning out the freezer, washing bin boards and scrubbing down the walls of the hold. Tarps and gaffs, drag bags and totes, all rinsed out, dried and ready to get packed away for the winter.Right now I’m enjoying a cup of Chai at Highliner Coffee Co., taking a much needed break!
I happened to bump into our friend and fellow troller Drew who’s taking a short break too, before heading out to chase winter kings on October 11th. Not that far away! For just a moment I started to wonder if we shouldn’t be sticking around for that…
Hope you’re as excited about fall as we are! Stay tuned to the blog to find out where we’re going to be selling our fish this winter. First stop in late October is Northern Wisconsin - get ready!