This day (way back in July! I am so far behind!) will go down as the day that officially changed my mind about fishing. Not only was it seriously THE BEST day fishing, ever, but I out-fished Daniel. This is always a win in my book…not that I’m competitive or anything…
Once again, Daniel made me get up at O’Dark Thirty (imagine if you will, just for a moment, that dark exists in July in Alaska) to go fishing. I begrudgingly got up, got dressed, and threw on my lucky hat. My lucky hat one: because I love it, and two: because it requires no combing of my hair. We drove a couple hours down to Whittier, Alaska, which happens to be on the other side of this crazy old train tunnel, the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel. Here, you have to wait because there is only one way traffic. This is the “longest (2.5 miles) highway tunnel in North America, and the first designed for -40 Fahrenheit temperatures and 150 mph winds!” –http://www.alaska.org/detail/whittier-tunnel. I wish I would’ve taken a picture of this tunnel, it is a sight to see. When you hit the other side of this tunnel, you arrive in the amazing, quaint little town of Whittier. Whittier is riddled with glaciers, and is about the cutest town you will ever see.
On this particular morning, the fog was so thick that as we launched the boat, my anxiety was enough to make me want to go home. Not wanting to sound like a baby, I swallowed my fear and got on the boat…and bit my tongue as we drove out into the open ocean. Okay, okay, it was more like a bay. The Prince William Sound, to be accurate. Much to my surprise, the fog made for a calm, beautiful morning, and brought the fish out in droves. I was catching so many fish, and enjoying myself soooo much, that when I mentioned that I was hungry and Daniel told me put down the pole and eat, I replied, “I can’t! There are fish to catch!” Now, for those of you that know me, you KNOW how insane this sounds coming out of my mouth! I don’t like to fish! And my life revolves around food!
This was the magical day that I decided fishing was fun. I caught so many firsts…pink salmon, rock fish, yellow eye, flounder, “mother-in-law” fish, greenling, and HALIBUT! This was also the night that I decided, hands down, rock fish is my absolute favorite to eat. Yum!
I hope you all enjoy Bruzer always licking his lips!
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