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Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Monday, October 3, 2022
Late last Thursday Mike, Ray, and I returned from a successful deer hunt to the South End of Kodiak. We brought back 600 pounds of field-dressed deer meat that represented the harvest of 6 big deer. That's a lot of meat and we spent the next two days cutting it all up and packaging it. We also had to take care of all our gear and cleaning up. So basically we spent the last 3 days cutting up meat and taking care of gear. We ended up with 260 pounds of packaged meat in the freezer. Meat for the winter!
While the primary purpose of the trip was to bring back deer meat, a side benefit was that we got to enjoy spectacular scenery. The hiking was pretty good too. Of course we also had some hardship - carrying heavy deer and surviving a BIG storm. The storm blasted us with 50-60 miles per hour gusts and the rain almost flooded our tent (it was a mere inches from turning into a lake). We could hear the wind keening in the tent guys and making ripping sounds. It was very alarming and we stayed awake wearing all our rain gear and boots - ready to jump up at a moments notice if the tent started to come down.
Anyway, it was a great trip and I'll post more in subsequent posts.
|Ray tending to the meat in the meat shelter - got to keep it dry and clean|
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Yesterday in the park I was standing by the lake edge when I noticed a line of ducks asleep on a log. We got a little close and they perked up and a few of them left the log and paddled out into the lake. I was expecting Bodi to leap in after them and cause a commotion, but he just sat and watched the ducks with me. After a bit, while we quietly watched, the ducks who had left came back and perched back up on the log. They warily watched up for a bit more and then tucked their heads into their wings and went back to sleep. The picture just below is actually the last picture I took.
|Tuesday night sunset|
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
There have been a lot of bears around lately. Close to town if you go to pretty much any stream or river with salmon in it you will see bears. Yesterday Nora and I went to Buskin Beach and saw 2 sows and like 5 cubs feeding in the river just before you get to the parking lot. There was a gaggle of photographers taking pictures of the bears and at the same time a bunch of fishermen focused on catching fish themselves and keeping a wary eye on the bears.
It was a big dance. The bears would move one way and all the photographers would follow them while the fishermen would move out of the way.
Nora and I watched for a bit, but we soon left for the beach to give Bodi his walk. The other day Bodi and I ran into a small bear on the beach, and I am proud to say Bodi knew to stay away. On that occasion to get off the beach we had to walk past the bear. I put Bodi on a leash as we went past and practically had to drag him by the napping bear. He wanted nothing to do with the bear.
At the beach Bodi did some swimming and played with the other dogs (post to come), and then Nora and I left. On the way back out the road beside the river we watched the bears a bit more from the car. All the 'dancers' had changed positions in the 1/2 hour or so since we'd last been there.
Then to kill time Nora and I went to the 'Beaver Pond' where we often launch in our raft to float the Buskin. We wanted to see the fall colors on the cottonwood trees. Of course we got to the beaver pond and there was a bear swimming across. Then while we watched he caught and ate a salmon.
Maybe this afternoon I'll bring along my binoculars and go looking for bears.
|Cub with natal collar|
|Beaver Pond Bear|
|The 'Beaver Pond' - on arrival we saw a bear swimming across|
|Bear Track on the Beach|
|Sow and cub|