I brought a vacuum packer for my fish
the past has worked out good. For Tuesday, not having to wake up
catch a fishing boat allowed me to sleep in, which on this particular
day was about 8:00 AM. I had brought along a frozen chicken to
prepare for dinner and lunches but it was not thawed until
Tuesday. After Marilee was finished in the kitchen, I cut up the
vegetables, added spices to the chicken and
put it all in a turkey sized bag to be cooked later in the day.
My day was lazy until the afternoon when I took on the task of
packaging my fish. I was working alone which makes the labor more
difficult trying to maintain cleanliness. My machine is very
efficient and likes to suck any liquid towards the edge of the bag near
the seal. After vacuuming two bags I had to get cling wrap and
put each piece of fish in it and start all over. Eventually my
task was complete and I brought the packed fish to J-Dock Fish Company
to be flash frozen and stored. I was also able to speak with the
owner of J-Dock, Steve Lease, at length over a cup of coffee.
Just as my Tuesday charter was canceled, J-Dock Fish Company was not
this day. Steve shared some of his good news in life and it was
just good to see that J-Dock Fish Company is there year after
year. Since I was so close and it was before 6:00 PM, I walked
over to the depot, chatted with Brakeman Duane Frank, then watched the
train pull out, still sporting the Aurora business car.
Ballaine House, I took the not quite done chicken out of the oven and
shared dinner with 2 other Seward locals, Bob Pierce and his son
Chris. Bob invited me to join them on Wednesday for fishing on
the Russian River for sockeye salmon. I had to decline as they
were staying out of town late enough that I would miss the train
departure. After cleaning up the left over chicken dinner, I
organized my belongings for the next fishing charter day and for
leaving Seward. Late in the evening, I wanted ice cream, so I
walked to the harbor area of town. Once there, I found the
Creamery which was
crowded, then took a few pictures of the harbor business
The above and below photographs were taken at 10:00 PM and later!
Above left shows the harbor area while above right shows the cruise
ship area and the Alaska Railroad coal loading facility which is used
to export coal to Korea. Below left is a view looking
southerly. Notice the cutoff pilings in the water, remnants of a
wharf destroyed in the 1964 earthquake. This location is also the
beginning of the RV camping area. On July fourth weekend, there
are RV's parked side by side for a mile and one half straight.
Below right is the harbor area near the launch ramp for boats.
The colorful buildings are part of the harbor business district.
There are a number of fishing charter
several tour companies, restaurants and retail stores. The
Kenai Fjords National Visitor Center is a nice building with lots of
publications. My favorite piece of literature there is a report
with many pictures of the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake. The library in
Seward shows a movie about the earthquake and its aftermath. After
10:00 PM, people were still arriving back to the harbor from evening
cruises of Resurrection Bay and surrounding areas.
Below left shows that boating safety is taken seriously in
Alaska. Most ports that I have been to in Alaska have an area
with children's life vests for use. Alaskan law states that
children less than 12 years of age must wear a life vest while on the
water. Below right is the front side of the colorful buildings in
the harbor area business district.
Below left is a house on Third Street that is always in the spirit of
July fourth. Every time I have been to Seward in early July, this
house has some nice patriotic display. Below right is a railcar
last used as an information center in Seward.
According to Marilee, is is vacant and for sale including its leaky
roof. According to John's Alaska Railroad Web Page site, under
retired passenger roster page, this car had been a parlor observation
car and retired in 1960.
The above page documents an evening walking around Seward on Tuesday
June 29, 2004. The next day was another charter fishing day
followed by hustling to catch the northbound Alaska Railroad Coastal
Classic train. On Wednesday
morning, I hauled my bags to the harbor and stored them in Eric Clock's
car. On Wednesday June 30, the Seafarer was full, with 6
Captain Eric Clock and Corey Hetrick, the deckhand. The weather
promised to be better than the Monday charter and we departed at 7
AM. I caught the first large halibut,
about 50 pounds, and every large fish after that was even bigger!
I had brought lunch and a few beers, so at the appropriate time, I dug
into my cooler. Eric later commented that he had never seen
anyone consume so much food. What he did not know, was that I had
been busy before this trip, had no use of my car, was homebound working
on my Empire
train story for TrainWeb, and eating little. I had
vowed to make up for the lack of food intake on this trip and do all
the wrong things right. I started checking my watch around 1 PM
and by 2 PM we were still at anchor and finally pulled up stakes by
2:30 PM and headed back to Seward. We pulled into the harbor at
5:20 PM, just enough time for Eric and Corey to haul my fish up to the
cleaning station, filet it, and deposit it into a cooler.
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