Sunday, July 15, 2007

Insane Summer Roadtrip #2: Chitina for Sockeye

I'm fresh back from Chitina, the favorite Fairbanksan destination to pursue salmon, but really the only thing fresh is the cooler full of fish. I'm stinky, exhausted and even more farmer tanned than before.

It's like my hands and legs belong to two different people.

So, the first time to Chitina with our merry band of Goldstream folk was quite a success - we all got our quota including the king. Not that I'll claim it had a lot to do with us. With dipnetting, timing and location are everything, so frequently you'll hear about someone getting skunked and another person fishing a short time before or after them going home all ready to finally buy that Foodsaver.

Yay! I finally had a reason to get one. At 2 a.m., however, we had to resign ourselves to leaving some of the fish on ice and continuing to process it this evening.

This urban subsistence thing is new to me and from what I can tell, it means you drive a really long way to try to get the food and because of the time spent enroute, you have to do it at a frenetic pace before you pack up the Soob and drive back in order to get back to work at the wage slave job.

Pictures, you ask? Ha. Someone entrusted me to watch the camera. We no longer own a camera, thanks to me, and I hope whoever found it enjoys the pictures of our fish and the ginormous king that the S.O. caught.

Thus far, we've stocked the chest freezer out back of the cabin with clams, halibut and salmon. Quyannakpak! Next up for our crazy summer season: berries! It should be a good year for them as they've gotten plenty of rain.


Redblur63 said...

I've been to Chitina--what a great little town! The Copper River is so beautiful there! Love your blog! My SO works at Pogo...

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

I am soooooo jealous! That's one of the things I miss about Alaska: Free salmon, halibut, clams, and berries.

CabinDweller said...

Not totally free, but still a good deal.

Gas money, grub money, paying the dudes to take you to a spot in a boat are all part of it. But compared to buying it in a store - and the whole food-not-produced-in-a-factory-farm situation - it is totally worth it.

Plus, you get to be be outside.

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Plus, you get to be be outside.

That's the best part :)