Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Friday, May 17, 2013

Seward Weekend comes to an end

After lunch and a rest, we decided to drive back into town to pick up a few supplies. The road is tricky, to say the least.
One side of the narrow gravel road hugs the side of the mountains. There is no shoulder on either side of the road. There were a few small rock slides that had happened earlier that day but we were able to drive around them. Our travel was safe and we were able to walk around downtown on that cool afternoon. The harbor area is quite a beautiful area.
We decided to stop at another spot on the bay and fish on the way back.
The wind had picked up quite a bit. We both got lots of nibbles and bites, but neither one of us was able to pull a fish in!
The weather was also working against us. It was cold, around 38, and the wind was really whipping our lines. The wind was gusting at 40 miles per hour at times. Hours later. when it became hard to stand up in the forceful wind and Greg's fingers became numb from cold even in gloves, we packed it up. It was dark when we got back to the cabin so we called it a night. Of course, Greg once again won the Yahtzee games that night. The next morning, we packed up and headed for home. This rest stop just out of Seward shows the amount of snow still on the ground in places.
My car hides behind the piles of snow pushed from the road. Across from that is fallen snow still higher than the log rails that were about 3 feet high. Farther down the road we caught a farewell glimpse at one of Seward's beautiful mountains behind us in the distance. 
We had a great weekend.
 Here in Anchorage we have a chance for 1-3 inches of snow Friday night, May 17th, and more on Saturday. Any measurable snow will break a record here. This will be the longest snow season on record, I think since they've been keeping records from like 1917! Wow!

We will be taking a break from the blog as I must return to Tennessee. See you in the late summer.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Seward Birthday Trip Day 2

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Woke up to a beautiful start to our Saturday morning. It was sunny and the temps in the upper 30s. The winds were relatively calm. After a quick breakfast, we grabbed our gear and set off on the short walk to the beach.
We found a gorgeous place to fish and Greg began to get the new gear ready.
We set about how to properly use these spin cast combos and possibly catch a few fish. It took awhile just to get used to trying to reel in left-handed as most all the reels we've previously were closed faced (meaning the line is hidden within the reel) and you reel with your right hand. Greg said I was doing really well with my new Lady Shakespeare that he got for me a couple of days ago.
 He even tried to say this was part of my birthday present. Well, that and my Alaska sports fishing license! There better be more presents! I'm sure he was only kidding.
We fished in the pretty spot for a bit but only caught seaweed so we moved down the beach. After fishing for more than 3 hours we were fairly comfortable with the new gear but alas, not a single bite.
 It was really hard work as you can tell by this picture.
We eventually decided to go have a bite of lunch and plan our new fishing strategy.