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Alaska’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 09 Aug 2012

Location: USA

MapGot in a 2 1/2 hour nap this morning....on the couch. Came home from fishing by 6:30, gutted and beheaded a Dolly Varden Alton caught for Gwynne & I to eat. I caught only one Silver this a.m. The competion makes the fishing more challenging. Today, I fished along side the Frenchmen, Ed (a local)....there were 6 of us all together. Ed was in my spot today as he arrived first. I have a total of 7 Silvers to date.
Yesterday, August 8th marked one month until our departure. We are having Dylan place star stickers on a calendar to count down the days and we are starting to talk about shipping fish home. Initially it was our thought we would be shipping on next week as Gene said he was running out of room in his freezer. I took that as a hint. Gwynne bought a small fish box for shipping when she and Dylan traveled to Soldotna for groceries, pajamas (Dylan's growing out of his clothes). But after discussing with Gene about our plan, he said we didn't have to do that....wait until the end of the month when it is cooler.....he would rearrange his freezer and make room. We have a reprieve until later. While in Soldotna, I was given an opportunity to take a nap. Lying there, I slept for an hour and then thought about all the things I should be doing. I had instructions to take Don & Dixie Van Endye some lox and bagels. I had listings on Ebay to tend to, I had to clean the kitchen, and I had to rub the steaks down with Fajita seasoning.
Late in the afternoon, Carole came for a visit with her sister Betty as Betty had not seen the A-frame finished off. As they were here, Gene & Alton came in....they had been filling gallon containers with Bob's water for Gene's cabin. After Betty & Carole left, Don came by. I had offered to help him get under the house to retrieve a box of supplies for his Silver fishing. It is much different than getting under a house in S.A. You don't have to worry about snakes, spiders, etc.....just rabbits and the northern version of pesty varmints. Job was completed and Gwynne cooked us up two of the best steaks and salad I've ever put in my mouth. Well, at least that's what it felt like last night.
I fail to mention funny sayings Dylan has come up with while we are in Alaska. One of these conversations was precipitated by "It'll get well before you get married." I told him after he had shown me a bruise on his ankles (probably from a dinosaur attack on Gwynne & I). A few days later, Dylan said "Look Memaw....my bruise is better. I guess I can get married now." I couldn't help but laugh. I thought of Marmar Jane. Another incident: During a visit here by Gene & Alton, I went in the restroom and closed the door. Dylan asked "Memaw, are you going poop?" I did not respond. He then said "I take that as a yes." This 4-year old amazes and amuzes me. There are many others and I hope to share them as I remember them. (Jennifer)