Sunday, June 28, 2009

Cabin Garden and Denver

Thought I'd post some cabin garden update photo's taken yesterday. It has been way dry over there so the potatoes are suffering a bit, I'll have to keep on the watering a little better. Heading down to Denver today for Brad's wedding on the 4th.



Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Yard

My mom has been in town for a couple weeks and she has spent the majority of her time working her magic in the garden. My friends come over and are amazed by the garden and while I can claim partial credit for the vegetables, the rest of the yard is completely mom. Unfortunately she's leaving tomorrow for home, leaving me tasked with the chore of keeping it from falling apart till winter......
Volunteers are appreciated, Also, radishes are ready if anyone needs any.
P.S. Check out my splint job! It's working so far, Plant Whisperer???

Friday, June 26, 2009

King Me

Another great night on the McArthur with good friends and family. Gregg and Stan led the way with a pair of nice fish while Mike and I fared well also. Mike had the fish of the evening as you can see. Here's to Alaska summers,


Thursday, June 25, 2009

McArthur Kings

I flew over to the McArthur river last night in pursuit of the elusive Chinook and finally had some luck. Landed, talked to Scott who had come down from Palmer, casted out and hooked up first cast. Nothing after that for 2 hours. It was a beautiful night, got a few photo's of the inlet and the mouth of the McArthur river on the way home. Photo's of the inlet were taken a little past midnight, I love Alaska.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Cabin Garden and McArthur Kings

Here are a couple pictures of the garden (Potatoes and onions) at the cabin and one of my plane over on the McArthur where I have been king fishing. I heavily emphasise FISHING because I am not doing any Catching as of late. The single plant is a new potato plant and they are doing really well, as are the onions in the background of the full length garden shot,


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Upper bench to upper cabin, then back.....

It always starts simple. Head over to the cabin, relax, maybe do a little hiking... One of the most strenouse adventures I have been on was with Mike in pursuite of a dropped antler that he had spotted from the air and marked on his GPS. It turned into an all day affair, slogging up a no name creek, swarmed by bugs, following heavily used bear trails through the alders only to find a half critter chewed antler that isn't that appealing. It turns into a little game, find the antler, mark it, land and hike to it. This most recent one started exactly like the others, but ended relatively quickly and without incident and yielded a beautiful antler. While hiking over to another one that Mike had marked that day, he mentioned that we were only a few miles from his upper cabin on the Kustatan river to the north, and nobody had ever hiked to it from the bench. We made it to the cabin in about 2 hours, not bad really, beating our way through alders, following bear trails and Mikes amazing sense of direction. The trip back went a bit smoother, but we were going against the grain of the alders so it made it a bit frustrating. It was a great day that encompassed my first trip to the upper cabin during the summer, and the first time either of us had been to both of the cabins and back at the first in the same day. I know, I know, you sort of have to do it and see it to really have any appreciation for it. Enjoy the photo's

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Wally's new boat

Went on a drift with Wally and his father in his new drift boat last night. Great weather and better company made it a great evening despite the lack of fish. Drifted Centenial to The Pillars.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


I was over watering the garden and the cabin on Tuesday and as I was headed back to the lake to dip another bucket of water I heard a rustling in the marsh grass next to the lake. After a few minutes a juvenile porcupine strolled out completely oblivious to me and wandered around the cabin for awhile allowing for a few pictures. Eventually it figured out I was there, but didn't really seem to care. The airplane shot is of Dominic and 4JB up at Merrill Field, it was my first time up since I earned my license a few years ago. Went up for a liver check up, more on that later,

Friday, June 5, 2009

More from Tuesday

This whole trip originated because a friend of Mikes bought a plane recently. The guy he bought it from flew it up to Alaska to deliver it and wanted to do some Alaska flying so we all went out for a little trip. The first one is of my plane at the entrance to Lake Clark pass, second is Mikes plane, and Jason's new Cessna 170B at the same location, third is looking through the pass to the west, and the fourth is Mike taking off of the main McArthur river strip.
hope all is well,

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Here's a few photo's from flying today, backstory and more photo's tomorrow. Check my SPOT page for locations- link is on the right ----->