The 2016 version of our annual dream fishing trip to Angoon, Alaska at Whalers Cove Lodge. This year's trip was noteworthy for two reasons. The first being that the fishing was terrible for salmon. The kings never came in and the Silvers were running a little late. Top it off with terrible herring crashes and there wasn't a great food chain to attract the numbers of whales we've seen in years past. I'd chalk all of hte problems up to abnormally warm waters influenced by both El Nino and global warming.
The second notable part of the trip was that I caught a 77.5-inch, 244lb (est) halibut that was the biggest of the season at Whalers Cove! Fifty minutes of fighting and a good measurement won us a free trip back to Whalers Cove Lodge Next Year! And the fish was released unharmed. Everyone wins!
This was one of the craziest summers we've ever had as a family in terms of busy schedules. The first two weeks were occupied by teaching teachers how to make sense of science and I had major work to do for a top secret project that should be released in September. Needless to say we found ourselves with nine days of unscheduled "vacation" wedged in between lots of future summer obligations. So why not take a 2500mi road trip with a three year old to visit with friends in Jackson Hole, WY? We did and it was... awesome! Zephyr loved it and he was a trooper as we put in some loooong days. But geeze, he loves nature. And we found some amazing fossils in Kemmerer. Although we were pooped when we got home we thought the trip was well worth the effort!
Sticking with the "Finally Getting Those Pictures Up" theme, here's the latest set from our Lassen trip in July. This was truly an amazing trip consisting of 5/6 of my BFF's from high school and their families. We were all espeicailly froud of Web, Jessica & Em for handling their first camping trip ever like pros! All told there were 23 of us that survived an abnormally cool summer weekend and nine kids!
Well, look who finally found time to post photos from some of the summer trips he took. There will be more to come in the following days, but for now enjoy the scenery from our Late June Grad Camping Trip to the Eastern Sierras with Kiran and Mary. The two were real troopers putting-up with Zephyr for three days of whining (and fun too!)
Be sure to check out the entire photo album. Didn't have time to narrate them, but pictures are worth a 1000 words.
Ryan J Hollister - Geoscience & EnviroSci Educator, Avid hiker, Landscape photographer, WildLink Club Advisor, Central Valley Advocate.