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Alaska’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012

Location: USA

MapThe fish arrived safe, sound, and frozen. Thank you Debbie & Chuck for receiving the boxes and caring for them!
The weather here has taken a turn for the best....clear skies going on three days now, no wind. The first day I thought the wind would blow Dylan and I down on the beach whilst we hunted for pretty rocks. Yesterday, it was calm seas. I found a beautiful piece of granite embedded in the sand, dug it up, brought it home, and rinsed it off. I've vowed to take it home, but have also got to have some flexibility as it may not fit! I've told Bob he may find a big rock in his yard upon our departure. To most it would be just another rock. To me it is a piece of Deep Creek beach to which I will likely not return.
Today, Gwynne will take the car in for tire rotation, oil change, and general looking-over...scheduled for 10 a.m. This involves Gene as she will need a ride home and then back again to pick it up. I will vacuum the messy floors and clean the dash and seats on the day before we leave. Gwynne continually spends $10-$15 having the car washed in Soldotna, Kenai, or Homer. This to keep the good reputation of the Jones compound for its appearance. However, upon returning to our home here in Alaska, the dust has already accumulated a thin layer. The roads are NOT paved on the way in. They are graded every couple of weeks. The rain keeps the dust to a minimum, but when we have clear days, this turns to on-going battle.
Sometime today, I will make a trip to the laundrymat, making sure to space out the trips so we land there next Friday for our last wash day before hitting the road. The tubs will be lighter of clothes and more on 'junk' as I am ridding myself of a few of Dylan's clothes that no longer fit AND of the fishing clothes I've worn. The smell of fish and eggs is not one you can get rid of.
This evening Gene and I will transport Alton and his two 50 lb. boxes of fish to the Kenai airport. There, it is only necessary to arrive an hour early, especially at this time of season....not many people traveling.
Tonight is steak night at the A-frame, thanks to Sister Gwynne. You know I am a happy camper! (Jennifer)
p.s. On Wed Aug 29 05:50:55 PDT 2012 Kenai Peninsula, Alaska (60.31, -150.71) 4.4 58.7km .....4.4 earthquake this morning at 4:50 a.m. our time...Gwynne felt it. Dylan and I were sawing logs and felt nothing.