|Y'all are CRAZY!|
Stacia slept in. The plan was for Stacia to come with Arielle and Benny down to the beach when they did. The rest of us would get started. On the way to the beach, we lost a pair of fishing gloves. I headed back to the RV to pick up gloves....and the rest were ready to go fishing. We diligently searched for a legal, free parking spot. We finally gave in and paid the daily parking rate of $20. OUCH.
Izaak had sprung a giant leak in his waders. He spent the morning finding a new pair.
By the time we arrived at the beach everyone had caught at least one fish. We knew the fishing would be slow today. Our best chance was to catch salmon which had made it to this area before the fishermen went out.
|Lots of seagulls|
At this point Benny seemed to be wondering why we got him out of bed to watch others stand in the water. LOL Before too long he was having great fun.
|Benny, Cory (yellow jacket),|
|Alex & Michael|
This little man honestly amazed me. He is a trooper. It was wet and cold and he didn't complain. When one of us told him to stop or come to us - he did - even when we could tell he really didn't want too. By the end of this day, people were calling goodbye to Benny up and down the beach as we left.
Because there will be many photos of Benny near the action - I want to point out - just out of camera range there was ALWAYS at least two of us watching him....sometimes more. He was never in danger near the water or with the tools.
|Stacia and Benny wait for some action from the water|
|Me - I did NOT catch this fish|
Stacia alternated between being in the water and helping me on the shore. We played with Benny. We also ran to untangle fish so those fishing could get their nets back into the water ASAP. The tide changes quickly. We spent a lot of time schlepping our coolers, buckets etc down the beach, then back up the beach, and down the beach again and up the beach for a final time. LOL
|Papa and Benny - with Cory, Arielle and Stacia in the background|
Arielle's first dip-netted salmon
Benny is on hand to help
Stacia helps Cy with a salmon, Cory waits to hand off his salmon
|Portrait of an Alaskan Family|
Love this photo.
I couldn't help but remember the first time we took Josiah fishing. It started a life-long habit of father/son fishing. This isn't the first time Benny has been fishing - it IS his first time being so up close with dip-netting. Last year he was not mobile. LOL
This is the day we learned, sadly, one needs to guard their equipment AND their fish. Benny seemed alert to this much sooner than the rest of us.
Arielle guides her net back into place - this was when the beach was NOT crowded.
|Michael, Arielle, Josiah, Alex|
|Cory, Benny, Stacia|
|Someone eventually missed this boot. LOL|
1:27 p.m. at the cleaning station - follows every catch. LOL
|Josiah, Izaak, Michael, Cory|
Showers NEVER feel as fantastic as they do when one is covered with fish slime and blood and has been standing in water for 7 hours. A note about the rain - it was much better than predicted. It DID rain - but it wasn't windy.
Josiah was wet from the waist down when we got back - and Izaak knew just where to buy waders. ::snort:: They also discovered one can fill a cooler full of ice from a machine outside the Soldotna Sportsmen Warehouse. Izaak was gracious enough to pick up some hot chocolate for us.
|Bre sent yummy cookies - which Izaak shared|
|A boy and his Uncle|
Most napped. We had dinner....and then....the guys headed out to fish the evening tide even though we all "knew" there wouldn't be many fish. It is a good time for them, Izaak hadn't been able to fish yet today....and I mentioned I was keeping track of the totals and we should have some sort of prize. 😛😉😀 This family does like a good competition. It is nice to have a bit of fun motivation. This is hard work. Yes, it will fill the freezer - but having a bit of fun will keep us going out early and staying out late. I wish I'd thought to get a trophy ready - I suggested a fish carcass on a stick....but that isn't going to fly...and Arielle and I are brainstorming a few categories....most salmon, most flounders, most equipment dysfunctions....
|Guys heading out again|
The guys returned with new fish counts and tales of stolen fish. They were at the cleaning station at 10:30 pm.
This is what 10:45 p.m. looks like in the summer.
So...on the beach at 0600.....fish cleaned and hitting the showers at 2300. It was a long - but productive - day.
Day 2 Fish Count
Group Total 39
Our Household Total 27