I was distracted. Because we went to Alaska, which is kind of mess-with-your-head-distracting.
Really. When Alaskans come to the Northwest and their friends show them around our natural wonders, they must be so un-impressed.
We went on a 3 day kayak trip. The weather was perfect.
It's just crazy pretty. The seabirds make a huge racket. Some of the coves looked like snow globes with the air full off birds, wheeling and calling. The water was full of sea lions, otters, Dahl's porpoise, orca and humpbacks. A pod of orca swam right under the boat.
That's a chum salmon--the kind they make into dog food. They're fun to catch because they put up a fight.
Goons in the wild. They were doing their Hussein Bolt move. (We watched the olympics whenever we had access to a TV.)
The smaller Hooligan loves all aspects of fishing, including the guts. He got covered in fish guts and blood as he made discoveries: "This fish ate a fish!" Other tourists were taking pictures of him. He was quite a spectacle.
I regret not buying that mask.
We caught a limit.
Bear cub in a berry thicket.
The smaller Hooligan and I found pre-columbian spear points. We wanted to keep them, but it would have been un-ethical and illegal, so we buried them in a special spot, where we can find them again someday.
Our friends Darcy and Chet live in Anchorage. They graciously took it upon themselves to show us how locals have a good time: This involved flying us in their small plane to a glacial lake near Palmer. It took 3 trips to get us, our gear, their dog, and the coolers of beer and moose steaks to the site. Once there, our minds were blown AGAIN, by how wild and remote it is. We saw mountain sheep and bear tracks. Moose steak is delicious.
I would go back in a minute. I told my college kid neighbors to go seek adventure in Alaska instead of Africa. Sure, Africa is all the rage. I would like to go there someday, but it's so expensive to get there, and their moms must worry. Alaska is comparatively convenient/cheap. You can drink the water. As long as you avoid mother bears and crevasses, plane crashes, hypothermia, etc. it's fairly safe.