So now we are to the point that going to town is a drag. Unfortunately this means blog posts will probably start being posted every couple of weeks versus every week. This just means that we will have more to write about. The past couple of weeks have been very eventful. The Southeast Alaska state fair has come and gone. I convinced Jen to enter one of her best desserts and I participated by entering what I do best…Gardening. Jen placed 1st in her division. My black currants got 1st, watermelon berries got 3rd, high bush cranberries got honorable mention, and my Zucchini got 3rd largest…all my seeds got in the ground late this year due to us getting here about a month behind the growing schedule, but I will be better prepared to take home all the blue ribbons next year…lol.
The garden has been doing great and we are getting a good harvest. We have already started canning veggies for the winter. The Sockeye salmon are plentiful in the lake right now.
The last time we checked the fish and game counter it had 20,000 fish that passed through the gate in Clear Creek. These fish are a challenge to catch because they stop feeding when they hit the fresh water. The Coho Samon that arrive in Sept or October are the ones that hit lures, so we are anticipating to gather the majority of our fish then.
I tell you that woman can wash some dishes! lol We have been doing alot of boat riding and sight seeing and showing her God’s country. I also had a long list of things she could help with .
It has been nice to have another set of hands on the property, but after about a of day hanging out with the two of them together, I had to get off the property ASAP! So, Mr Harris and I decided to go up the the top of Flower Mountain and do some exploring. He is always a great tour guide. We took his jeep up to the top followed by his son and buddy on their dirt bikes, and another friend on his quad. He showed me all the best spots for snowmobiling in the winter time. He was really wanting me to have the real Alaskan mountain experience so he had to introduce me to Alaskan “muskeg”. For those who don’t know what this is, its just like quicksand! Once you’re in it, it’s near impossible to get out of it. As we were cruising across the mountaintop in his jeep, we came to an abrupt hault. We were completely up to the doors in muskeg. This mushy, swampy ground had us in its grip and we were going nowhere fast. We were kinda perplexed that we happen to run into the only spot on the entire mountain were there was some muskeg. After spending roughly 2 to 3 hours trying everything we could think of to get his jeep out, we finally gave in and decided we needed to go down the mountain and get my four-wheel drive truck. This might have been an easy task if there were some trees to wrap the wench around, but there is not much timber on the summit of most of these mountains. After making it back to the top with my Toyota, we were able to extract the jeep and continue riding around on the summit and enjoy the views.