Thursday, May 29, 2008

Months End Is Near

The Keebler twins making sure their work measures up.

Pat and Mel putting the finishing touches on the canning equipment.

Lee is always keeping a close eye on the goings ons around the cannery

Dave, taking a moment out of his busy day to consult with Chris concerning his electrical needs with the retorts.

Our ace welder Art Cooper burning rod, fabing up material for the boiler project.

Behind the scene, the jet sled has taken on a new paint job as well as some major re-arranging getting ready for another season of rainbow fishing at the headwaters of the Naknek River.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Eagle Has Landed

Our dear friend Diane was spending a little time at Sandpoint when she snapped these eagle photos.

There are now more than 5,000 nesting pairs and 20,000 total birds in the lower 48 states. There are more than 35,000 bald eagles in Alaska.

Great Job Diane and thanks for sharing! We have been so busy preparing for the upcoming salmon season that we have had little time to keep up on our day by day photography..

Saturday, May 17, 2008

After A Hard Days Work

It's time for a little R&R on the river

We headed up to the top of the Naknek River for a little inspection tour and found it was still a bit cool for kayaking. Cool weather or not, anytime spent on the river makes for a refreshing change of pace.

The closer we got to the open lake, the more ice there was. It appears the ice on the main lake has broken up and the remaining ice is jammed at the top of the river but slowly breaking-up and drifting down. It won't be long before it will be open waters and clear sailing from one end of the lake to the other.

I saw quite a few fish feeding on top of the water, I suspect they were mostly those huge rainbows the Naknek River is famous for.

There was an abundance of birds feeding along river and its banks which included a variety of ducks as well as this lone Sandhill Crane. He was camera friendly enough for me to grab a quick shot. There were many more in larger groups but they proved to be pretty spooky when approached for photos.

The Tundra Swans were just about as camera shy as the Sandhill Cranes. I eventually came across this pair and they stood still for a while.

Their calmness didn't last long, they took flight and came right over us as we paddle along.

Another Chilly Spring Day in Naknek

From the looks of the dashboard it's going to be two cup of coffee pick. as Luke stands by in the heated cab of his crane.

Danny is doing the riggin' for the pick. Looks like the power pack for the trans-vac system on pump barge #2 is about ready to go.

David steadies the load with a tag line as it's weaved between obstacles on its way over the bull-rail.

The Sealion arrives as scheduled to move the barge into place as Danny guides the power-pak into its resting place for the 2008 season.

Job well done guys, now we're that much closer to being ready to start pumping salmon into the tanks!