Jul 312008
 

Looking for info on the upcoming New Puzzle Pattern Contest? Look here, or simply scroll through previous posts. Detailed instructions will be posted tomorrow, August 1. Rest your puzzling brain; tomorrow the workout begins.

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The box of our new puzzle patterns was supposed to arrive today, but, alas, our mail carrier forgot to bring it. So I still don’t have them. Is it any wonder we’re so slow to release new patterns?

On the bright side, the Zweigart Cashel Linen for the Grand Prize arrived today. The Gentle Art will ship the fibers directly to the winner, so the Grand Prize is almost ready to go. It just needs the pattern.

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Fishing

 Posted by  Alaska
Jul 302008
 

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One evening recently, we tried fishing instead of shrimping. In theory, we’re fishing for halibut, which most of us have never done. In this attempt, we wound up catching…

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…pacific cod. We caught four and kept one to see if they’re good to eat.

Another team caught what they thought was a black cod, or sablefish.

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So we did a taste test last night. Pacific cod on the left (more white), black cod on the right (more pink).

We also had…

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…shrimp, which were picked up by the black cod team. That amounted to about two shrimp per person, and I assure you, they were savored.

The shrimp pots were reset after the first catch, and after dinner, Mike, Ryan, and I went to check them.

After much pulling and pulling and pulling…

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…we hauled in an eel (And by “we” I mean “Mike and Ryan.” I took a few pulls, but it’s hard!)…

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…and some more shrimp.

We have only two pots at the moment. We can have up to five. I think we need three more.

Today is the last day of this 10-day work stint. Time to go home. What do you say to a having a puzzle contest to reveal, once and for all, the new Funk & Weber Designs puzzle pattern?

The Catch

 Posted by  Alaska
Jul 292008
 

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The whole shrimping thing is a team effort. Everyone contributes. The first attempt yielded bupkiss in the way of shrimp, but we did get the traps set up, the lines tied, etc. Progress is good.

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Mike set the pots out during lunch yesterday and Team 2 picked them up in the evening.

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Six hundred feet of line are pulled up by hand (this is a low-tech operation). Ryan pulled.

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Spencer pulled.

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Sy pulled.

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This time we caught…

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…a sun star!

If you’re wondering what Mike and I do, Mike runs the boat and I take pictures. See? Everyone contributes.

New fun to be had

 Posted by  Alaska
Jul 282008
 

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When the work’s all done…wait, that’s not accurate…After ten hours of working, it’s time for some fun. A new source of fun for us, since we’re living in Aialik Bay, is

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shrimping!

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No one here has ever done it before, but they’ve all been reading and inquiring. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Neighbors

 Posted by  Alaska
Jul 272008
 

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Tall grass may or may not hinder our satellite reception, but it definitely hinders our bear spotting. Unless they’re standing up on two legs (generally the hind ones), they can be completely hidden in the tall grass. It’s more important than ever to make noise as we walk between the lodge and camp sites. A few days ago, I walked within about 40 feet of one before I was able to see it. I’d shouted, so I didn’t surprise it, but it surprised me! It was merely grazing and was not interested in me, but it also didn’t run when it heard me coming. I kept walking, but kept my eye on it, too. Of course, I had my pepper spray with me, but I hope to never need it. I can’t say I was scared–we see bears daily–but I was aware. I will never be complacent about bears, no matter how routine it becomes to see them.

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The bears seem to prefer the short-grass patches for eating.

Still here!

 Posted by  Alaska
Jul 262008
 

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Sometimes things don’t go the way I plan. During the first stint out here at the lodge site, internet access was pretty regular. This time, however, that has not been the case.

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This is how we get online. The ropes in the background are for drying damp sleeping bags, blankets, etc. in the sun. They have not been in use for a while. That is to say it’s been raining, with clouds down to the deck for a few days. We had no internet access, and I figured it was a weather thing. Then the clouds lifted and the rain became intermittent (I almost said “stopped,” but that wouldn’t be accurate). Still no internet access.

Now, no one here has any experience with satellite dishes, but it’s not as though we can call a repair person and get him/her out here in a timely fashion. Instead, we scratched our heads and looked hard at the equipment. I used the satellite phone to call the lodge (and dish) owner for advice.

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The first thing we did was cut the tall grass in front of the dish. See how low it points in the first picture? And see how tall the grass has grown? It’s waist-high now.

But that didn’t seem to work.

Next, we (and by “we” I mean “Mike”) tweaked the direction of the dish up, thinking that perhaps gravity and/or wind had pulled it down since installation. I watched the lights on the modem to see if/when they lit up again.

Still no internet.

Finally, we tweaked the direction of the dish sideways, and–Bingo!–we were online again.

So there you have it. Add “satellite dish repair” to Mike’s resume.