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I’m worn out tonight. We got up and moving early today and headed toward Anchorage. We arrived at our destination just after 11 a.m., which happened to be one of the soccer fields. It was windy and fairly cold. Spectators were bundled up as we watched the game. Two of our granddaughters were there for a tournament this weekend and the semi-finals and finals were today. Each girl’s teams had been undefeated for the first four games they had played. One granddaughter’s team was eliminated in the semi-finals, but the other’s team became the tournament champions for their age group. Total points scored during all five of her games: 20. Total points given up during the tournament: 0. The team and parents were ecstatic as they had beat a team that used to consistently win.
We did the trip in nine hours, again. Unless we have quite a bit to do, we just head north, do whatever (which always includes shopping at Walmart and stopping for a bite to eat), and head home again. We really wanted to get home before the exodus of fishermen began as they leave the Kenai and head back to Anchorage. This is the tourist and Anchorage-ite time where we are inundated with those people taking over the river in search of salmon. Fortunately, my husband’s friend called and they are headed to the river to dip-net for salmon at the mouth of the river. Tourists sure make life more difficult for those of us who live here.
Although my husband is extremely good at catching the red salmon with a pole, there is virtually no place left for him to fish along the banks. We don’t have a boat, and there are so many of them in the river, (mostly guides taking tourists) that it is a real hassle. So, in mid-July the dip-net fishery opens for residents of the state, and you can either stand along the shores or float along in a boat and scoop salmon up during the incoming tide. There is a skill involved in that, too, and my husband and the guys usually bring in quite a few fish if there are fish in the water!!! So, they all bundled up and headed out to try their luck. It is in the mid-50’s, a bit windy and the water temperature is never above 38 degrees. That makes it fairly cold out on the water. Hopefully, we will have fresh salmon for dinner tomorrow night.
My husband also enjoys going to watch the college baseball that is here during the summer. Alaska has several teams each year and the one here is called the Peninsula Oilers. They are doing really well this year and may still be in first place. When he goes to watch the games, he bundles up there, too. In fact, most people wear their winter jackets and hats to the baseball or soccer games. Blankets aren’t unusual either. In the evening, the winds come up and blow in off the inlet’s waters and things get really cold. Many of the professional baseball players have played for the Oilers and every time my husband sees one on tv, he likes to tell me how he used to watch him here. I haven't gone to the ball park for several years. The last time I went I developed a very severe asthma attack and just haven't wanted to have chemical fertilizer dust blown from the field and into my face again.
I got my soymilk maker yesterday and will probably make some tomorrow. I’m especially interested in making some oat and almond milks. But, I’m also remodeling my kitchen and living room and if my husband goes fishing again tomorrow, I want to work on the house while he is away.