Tuesday, June 20, 2006

It's On!

This is the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in King Salmon with an update for Egegik District commercial fishers. The time of this update is 6:00 p.m. and the date is Tuesday, June 20, 2006.

Escapement counts at the Egegik Tower through 1600 on June 20 are 3012 sockeye salmon. On the afternoon of June 20, an aerial survey of the Egegik lagoon estimated 28,000 fish were present. With an anticipated surplus of 8.2 million fish potentially available for harvest a commercial fishing period is warranted. For set gill net fishers commercial fishing shall be allowed from 7:30 p.m. Wednesday June 21 until 3:30 a.m. Thursday June 22,…. an 8 hour period. For drift gill net fishers commercial fishing shall be allowed from 8:00 p.m. Wednesday June 21 until 12:00 a.m. Thursday June 22…… a four hour period.

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Hey there Alaska friends, how is everyone? Wanted to post the sad news that I will not be coming up to AK for a visit in July. Being unemployed has its drawbacks, the biggest of which is I am poor. Can't think of too many others, luckily Michelle has not limited my beer fund, but it's too damn expensive to visit Alaska in the summer, somehow the value of a rental car goes up about 300%. I wish somehow it could work out but I am sure you will manage to have some fun without me. I have just purchased the last pieces to my new kegerator conversion, I can't believe that it took me so long to put one together, you end up spending about half the money on beer and you always have fresh brew on hand, I can't wait to tap the first one. I'll raise a glass to you all and hope to see you before too many years have passed by. Have fun up there and keep in touch.
- Esteban -

Monday, June 19, 2006

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Gorillas in the Mist

Well, it must truly be summertime. While I was chatting with Dan on the phone, trying to recall Phil Freeman's name - these two wild gorillas came into the backyard. Knowing that feral gorillas can be dangerous, I shut the screen door while he passed by at three feet away.

But then I got to using my noggin' and thought that even though we are in a subtemperate rainforest, it isn't likely that there would be wild gorillas running about...so I set out to investigate. Armed with only my badge of courage and the smell of ripe bananas emitting from beneath my massive deltoids, I cornered the simian beasts against a grey wall of despair...

As I approached ever closer to get the wide angle shot, the beast charged past me and into the bush - so I gave chase !

And the simple creatures fell right into my trap, heading straight for Extremely John's house - where I knew we could subdue them, perhaps lulling them into slumber and carrying them upstairs next to their distant cousin, the albino hairy hippopotamus.

Unfortunately, John was not there to sing his sweet siren song (the same lyric that has obviously entranced PartyDude), and so I cleverly devised a plan to chase the wild thing up a tree, in hopes that he would somehow become dizzied by the heightened experience, and thus come crashing into some form of a narcoleptic state...

Time wore on, and I found myself growing bored with the arrangement.
and then I saw a butterfly, so I chased him instead.


The Real Deal

I just came across this photo from our Spring trip up in the Brooks. John calls this outfit his designated Ass Kickin' uniform. It looks mighty tough to me.

Monday, June 12, 2006

22 Feet of Fun

We stopped for gas. A man said the boat was beautiful. As he turned to walk back into the liquor store I told him it was for sale. We are now the proud owners of no boat!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Need we say more?

Saturday, June 10, 2006

I Wish I Could Quit You Guys!

OK, maybe I was a little hasty, I just didn't want to spoil the theme. Obviously it had a negative impact on Michelle's mood, although the Tripel seemed to dull the pain a little (note the classy beer receptacle). I will continue to post my earth shattering observations on the Girdwood site so as not to destroy Party Dude's belief in mankind, sorry to alarm eveyone, please forgive me.

- Esteban-

The final G-wood blog from Esteban

Hey Girdwood friends, Steve here, hola from Chico. I know that our posts now no longer fall into the all things Girdwood category, so this will be my last post on this blog, you'll have to look at our blog every once in awhile to see what we're up to. Hope everyone is doing well, I'm sure it's getting beautiful in Alaska and the temps are finally rising. We are really enjoying Chico, there are so many things to do it makes my head spin. The temps are still pretty enjoyable, mostly in the high 70s to high 80s, although I know the hot times are coming. Today we went to a farmers market (see photo), it is so nice to be able to eat fresh produce any time we want. All the items on that table cost under $40 total. We have numerous black diamond mountain bike trails within a 15 minute bike ride from our house (we haven't filled our car up in 2 weeks), and the city puts on free music in the park every Friday night, last night it was blues, next week it's bluegrass, etc. We are also 2 hours from Lake Tahoe, 1.5 hours from Mt Shasta, and 1 hour from Lassen Volcanic National Park where apparently there is some world class backcountry skiing. Anyways, obviously we are loving it, and I mention it not to brag but hopefully to entice someone to come and visit us!! Did I mention the uncountable numbers of breweries in the area?? Unfortunately it looks like I may not be visiting in July, we are trying to save some money for ski trips this winter (anyone interested in a backcountry hut trip in Canada, eh?). Check in on our blog every once in awhile and everyone is officially invited to stop by anytime, I'll keep the kegerator stocked for you. Have a great summer and soak up some of that Alaska splendor for me!

Thursday, June 08, 2006


Originally uploaded by Mark Yezbick.
As he pontificates over a pink martini....


Originally uploaded by Mark Yezbick.
Tick Tock

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Upper Skilak Lake

  • Dear John and Angela,

    Thank you for sending along a photo of life at Iniakuk Lake.
    Pictured here is Skilak Lake, averaging 10 degrees Celsius. A sign at the boat launch warned us that in the event that our boat capsizes, survival is unlikely. However, PFD's are still encouraged.

    Dear Steve and Michelle,

    In regards to the aforementioned lake and your wish to be naked, this photo is taken at the exact same place that Vicky Clark went skinny dipping, up to her knees. She was not wearing a PFD.

    Dear Friends in the Photo,

    Thanks for a delightful and delicious weekend. Morels for all.


    Mark Yezbick
  • Sunday, June 04, 2006

    What is Happening at the Iniakuk Lodge?

    All work and no play makes John a dull boy