Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pigskin Practice

Look out Alaska,,,Valdez High School football team is just warming up.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Shower Power

Nothing like a solar heated water power shower.

Make sure you bring your own towels. And sun.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Niki's miniWerks

Along with The Alaskan Trailer, Niki's miniWerks in Kenny Lake, shows many Alaskan scenes. Like the Chitina Fishwheel Scene pictured below.

Niki's miniWerks is housed in a 20ft Gertee which also serves as The Alaskan HOMESTEADER Museum, office and her workshop.
Camp Redington officially opens August 1, 2008. The Museum is ready for visitors. Inside the 20 foot model gertee at the entrance to the campground, it now has a wolly mammoth thigh and shoulder bone, traps, fossilized King Salmon skulls, carved ivory, Eskimo dolls, Iditarod momentos from the Redington family collection, homesteader pictures, an Alpine memorial, and more. Friendly visitors may be invited to visit the "real" museum (which is actually Tim's whole house). Come see our Alaskan miniature displays of traditional Alaskan lifestyles. Please contact Niki if you would like to lend your pictures, memories of Alaskans passed on, or AK collectibles for display during the summer season.

This is a "to scale" miniature of Niki's dream 20 foot gertee.

She also made the cutting board, tables and chairs. What a talented, creative artist/architect my sister is. I am very proud of her.
Stop in and check it out for yourself at

Monday, July 28, 2008

Earth Mover

Next time your on the Edgerton Hwy, right before Kenny Lake Mercantile - Welcome to!, look to the left and check out a life long work in progress.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Kenny Lake Rainbow

Left pouring down rain in Valdez saturday and this was the view heading down the Edgerton Hwy into Kenny Lake. The sun was out and a raindow greeted us.

Had a great time visiting Camp Redington and seeing the awesome museum. Took lots of pics and as usual the weekend ended too fast and it was time to head home to rainy Valdez.

This was the view at the top of Thompson Pass heading down into Valdez tonight.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Alaskan Trailer

"The Alaskan trailer, common dwelling in the 60s"

My sister made this miniature trailer to show in her museum at New Camp Redington, gertee photos.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Fresh Green Snow

On a clear dayyyy, you can see forever.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

latest valdez tennis scores

Number of tennis courts - 1

Players _ - zero

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Holler Down My Rain Barrel

Valdez has been pounding rain for a week straight with no end in sight. Some seniors are saying its going to rain til it snows.

This rain barrel reminded me of an old song grandma taught us in the 50's.

Playmate on the piano.
Written in 1894 by Philip Wingate
Oh, little playmate.
Come out and play with me
And bring your dollies,three
Climb up your apple tree
Holler down your rain barrel
Slide down your cellar door
And we'll be jolly friends

Oh little playmate
I can not play with you
My dolly's got the flu
Boo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo
Ain't got no rain barrel
Ain't got no cellar door
But we'll be jolly friends

Oh little playmate
Come out and play with me
I'll bring my dollies, three
Climb up my apple tree
Holler down my rain barrel
Slide down my cellar door
And we'll be jolly friends

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Valdez Office Club

The Club bar in Valdez is the office. And a fun place for fisher people to congregate.

Monday, July 21, 2008

New Valdez Football Field

Good summer to lay down new turf. Don't have to water. By Indian summer it will have taken root and ready to play football.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Charm City Cakes

Chef Duff offers a fly Fishin themed custom cake LINK
Check out all the cool cakes.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Slugs out on first

What I eat when theres no fish.
Boys of summer.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

King Pond

Supposedly King salmon are returning to this pond where they were released as smolts 5 summers ago.

Silvers are in the port. Big, bright and handsome.

Pinks are done.

Weather is raining and windy. Tourists are loving it.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Fish Don't Care If Its Raining

They still like to be caught.

Pictures are of two tenders in Port Valdez. Tenders are boats that suck up the salmon that the seiners deliver to. Then the tender buys them and takes them to the processor. They also sell gas and grub. Free root beer floats.

The fish in the bay now are pink salmon. Silvers soon.

Raining or not, fishing is good.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Ray of Sunshine

One Livingstone Daisy bloomed today.

Denali storm moving in.

Monday, July 14, 2008

A Beautiful Fish 2

A work in progress by tatoo artist "Allstar" Pete Meiners at B.P.U. 1637 College Road Fairbanks, Alaska 99701. 907-458-7464

He's still got red to add to A Beautiful Fish.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Cool Fish Bowls

Seeing these cool fish bowls makes me want a pet fish. Check out the rest of the collection via Dezeen.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Umbrella Sale

Party when it rains.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Smell Purple

These two lilac bushes smell great and stand out against the green scenery.
No sign of Livingstone Daisies blooming yet.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Window Mountain

Just missed a bear heading out to Robe Lake. The dead end road was clear on my way to the lake. The road block on my way back was steaming.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Valdez Grafitti

Who wants to pressure wash off paint in the pouring rain?

Monday, July 07, 2008

Lucky Me

Started a new job today and ran into an old friend. He just happened to spend his 4th of July weekend in Chitina working on his cabin and dipnetting the Copper River for sockeyes. He gave me this smaller than average size salmon thats perfect for baking whole.

I like stuffing the salmon with onions, garlic and lemon. Then wrapping it up with tin foil and baking them whole in the oven or on the bbq.

When you can smell the garlic the fish is done.

Let the salmon rest a bit as fish will still cook away from heat while its still hot. Open foil carefully and the skin will peel away and the fillets slide right off the bone cooked just right.

No picture of the final step because I was too busy eating my first fresh Copper River Red of the year. Lucky me. Thank-you Brad!!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Funny Graphs

A bunch of laughs.

Make a funny graph at GraphJam.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Rockett Dog

A Fourth of July cannot pass without me fondly remembering my old dog Rockett. He loved bottle rockets and would attack them, pick them up, and let them shoot out of his mouth. He didn't seem to be bothered by the noise and it was funny to watch the smoke blow out of his mouth. 4th of July was his favorite day of the year. RIP Rockett.

If you are into cats check out this blog. Its called No Cats Allowed!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Loud Colorful Skies



Whats the 4th of July without roasting 4 hotdogs on a spudfork?