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Klawock to Sitka, 2012.

We have arrived safely in beautiful, sunny, Sitka by the Sea! Highlights included: Weather: Sunshine and calm seas! Fishing: Four halibut in 40 minutes. Wildlife sightings: a black bear in a tree [Prince of Wales Island], a brown bear in the grass [Baranof Island], wolf tracks [Kuiu Island], Sitka blacktailed deer, eagles, and a raven, which woke us up this morning by digging in our fruit box and eating our last banana! Beachcombing treasures: Abundant interesting flotsam, much of which is assumed to be tsunami debris. The beachcomber's prize for the trip goes to Captain Kurt, …
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Mountain Goats in the Sunshine!?


“Hey, isn’t that a mountain goat right there?” asked John.  What was going on here? A goat was walking the ridge above us in the sunshine on the first hunting day.  I was pinching myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming as we found the goat in the 60 power Swarovski spotting scope.  John, a law enforcement officer from back East had endured the first day of his hunt waiting for Alaska Airlines to deliver ALL his luggage while the second day of his hunt was spent trying to get his rifle to shoot as the TSA and Luggage goons must have conducted crash tests with his rifle case.  This …
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Mountain Goats in the Mist


“Bob, the fog is finally lifting enough for me to get a photo of the sunset on the lake so I’ll be right back.” I said heading out with my camera and grabbing my binoculars at the last second. Decked out in my Croc sandals, I was just going 30 yards to the edge of the ridge to take some stunning photos of the high-alpine lake and the setting sun when I looked below me and spotted something white just as the fog rolled in again. Waiting a few more minutes for a break in the mist, I could see it was a mountain goat grazing away just 150 yards from me! It took no time to scamper back to the …
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2012 Sheep Hunt, Wrangell St. Elias Preserve


“Peanut, I think you can shoot him from right here!” I whispered to Trina as the stunning ram gave us the stink-eye from 300-400 yards out. “He’s not going anywhere, but you have to shoot from this pile of rocks. He’s legal. I think he’s about 34”, definitely 7 but likely 8 years old and broomed on both sides. Not a stud by any stretch, but any legal ram is a good ram.”  Silence and an unconvinced look from Trina confirmed that the set- up was far from perfect.  “How far is he?” she asked grudgingly, as both our Leica Geovid Binocular/Rangefinders were 50 miles away in …
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Father Daughter Fishing Adventure


Rob Day & His Daughter Stephanie fished with us from Aug. 7-11, 2012 and we can’t thank Rob enough for allowing us the opportunity to show Stephanie our awesome backyard. Day 1 found us with our limits of delicious rockfish, lingcod and yelloweye all before 2pm.  The fishing was hot as we jigged up fish after fish and enjoyed the great weather and flat calm seas. After soaking in the fantastic Natural Hot Springs(again-yay!) and eating a big pile of Rockfish Olympia we were officially hot spring noodles and ready for bed! Rrrrraaauuughhh! is apparently Sea Lion for …
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