Casinos:Vegas::Fishing:Alaska

18 Jul

This is my first bit of downtime in 3 days so I’ve had no time to write. Oops. I may write up a full account of the trip when I’m back home, but for now I think some pictures and a short recap should suffice. We spent the last 2 days in Cordova, a fishing town with 2,500 residents. Half of all households in Cordova have at least one person involved in commercial fishing or processing. I assume the other half are investment bankers. After landing in Cordova, we hopped aboard the Alucia with a jam packed itinerary, including fly fishing along the Martin River, exploring the Copper River Delta with some naturalist experts, and snorkeling with otters and sockeye salmon. I have 10 minutes to write this post so here are a few interesting tidbits and stories:

1) Alaskans refer to the contiguous United States as the “Other 48”, and sometimes jokingly as the “Lesser 48”.

Palin country

2) Landing in Anchorage at 9PM to sunny skies is a bizarre experience. In July, the sun in Southeast Alaska hovers just above the horizon until 11:30PM, and rises at 3AM. It takes 2-3 days for your body to recalibrate, adjust to the 4 hour time change and the constant light, and to fully realize that you will be off Twitter for a week.

No peanuts on the seaplane from Anchorage to Cordova

Paramount

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3) The Northwestern from The Deadliest Catch was anchored next to us in Cordova.

Northwestern

4) Fly fish experts can spot a group of fish 10 feet deep from 100 yards away. Needless to say, I can’t.

We flew 40 miles over the Copper River Delta and a glacier to get to the rich pockets of the Martin River

Pops bringing in a rainbow trout

5) There is the risk of a bear attack just about anywhere you go. Minimal, but existant.

12 gauge shotgun aka bear repellent

Moose tracks

6) Many Alaskans rely on the food they catch as a steady food source. There are limits on the amount of game each resident catches to prevent overfishing/hunting. Each resident of Prince William Sound is allowed 2 halibut and 6 salmon per day in season.

Airboating in the Copper River Delta

7) Dragonflies spend most of their lives as nymphs in ponds. They need to spend 300 days in water temperature above 32 degrees before growing into the dragonfly, a process that takes 3 years. They only live as dragonflies for a week. We happened to see a dragonfly shedding its exoskeleton after its 300 day thermal period.

Alaska shiek


Dragonfly with its exoskeleton

That’s all for now. Will try to get another post in soon.

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One Response to “Casinos:Vegas::Fishing:Alaska”

  1. Zach Kubin July 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    Excellent write-up Bean. Ease up on the 48.4 megapixels, comp crashes every time I try to check out a pic.

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