Had a great Summer spent with family and friends in the lower 48. Then I headed back North for my second year up here in the Alaskan Bush. I was in Anchorage getting supplies, and knew I was back in AK when I saw this man walking his Caribou in the park.
After getting geared up, shopping and shipping to the village, I jumped on a flight from Anchorage to New Stuyahok. This is one of my favorite flights I've ever been on, the scenery is always breathtaking. The flight goes through some mountain passes along the way. Here are some shots from that flight.
This was the first time I have taken this flight in the Summertime. I was never able to see all these glaciers before.
Taking a sharp left turn.
This is a glacier melt lake. When glaciers melt the water retains this green pigment.
When I got back to the village I went out fishing, and I wasn't the only one out looking for fish. These are bear tracks and below are wolf tracks.
When it rains or when the water level goes up and down these skiffs will take on water, so it is important to go down to the beach and check your skiff every day or two. Looks like someone didn't check this one for a while. Bummer.
Canned a few Silver Salmon after my first trip out.
The on the next trip out we really got into the thick of 'em. For a while, when the sun came out form behind the clouds, we were catching Silvers with every cast, literally. Sometimes all three of us in the boat would have a fish on at the same time, and these Silvers usually put up a pretty good fight. It becomes complete chaos, but it is so much fun.
Ended up with 20 in about an hour and a half.
Catching them is the easy part. The real work comes after you get back home and have to fillet them all. Although, I think it is pretty fun too. A friend and I filleted all of these fish and since we were canning the majority of them, we also skinned them. This is because the majority of toxins that fish have are carried in their skin.
Can you imagine the market price for these fillets? Altogether, these weighed about 45-50 pounds. Mmmmmm... so much energy for my body. It's amazing to think that in one day I put away enough protein to sustain myself for about 5 or 6 months.
Ended up with about 40 pints canned, and a handful of frozen fillets. Had to make some room in the fridge to keep these cold until processing them the next day. We didn't finish cutting and putting them into jars until about 3am.
In other news since being back in the village, I went to the Russian Orthodox church for the first time. Unfortunately, I didn't bring a phone or camera with me, because I wish I could have taken a picture of the inside of the church. It was beautiful inside. It's probably the nicest building in the village. It's no European Cathedral, but by village standards it's pretty nice. The service was really interesting to witness. Also, the reason I went to church was because Father asked teachers to come on this particular Sunday to be blessed before the school year started. We came to the front of the church received a short prayer and blessing. No separation of church and state around here. In fact, during the year we will stop in the middle of a school day because the priests will come to the school to pray, sing, bless the school and walk down the halls throwing holy water into all of the classrooms.