Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Back To Naknek 2009

Well here we are- back in Naknek Alaska, for another Bristol Bay salmon season! I know- seems a little early doesn't it? Actually, I don't think half the salmon we are going to process this season have been born yet- but none the less we're here. You might notice some changes this year to the format and content of this blog. Hopefully- these changes will be a good thing. The most important change will be under YOUR control. We want to see more comments from you- the viewer! Tell us what we are doing wrong, Tell us what you want to see, Tell us who you want to see. We know you are out there- now we want to know what you're thinking. Keep in mind this is a family friendly site, dedicated to the people we've left at home. Keep comments in the PG classification- because we can, and will, edit them. Our goal is, and always has been, to open up our little world to you, and allow families to keep in touch with their loved ones. With that- lets begin the 2009 sockeye season...

March 21st- final approach to King Salmon from Anchorage, aboard PenAir flight 3201

Unloading on a cold runway. We were met with clear but cold skies and windchill temperatures somewhere in the -15f range.

Cramped yet comfortable cab ride to Naknek.

We needed our own transportation- but first we had to dig out the doorway. Ice build up around the plant was a little greater than years past. Brian, Dave, and Luke do their part to free the slider.

Monday the 23rd of March- we had a little snow fall from the night before. Temperatures climbed up to the freezing level. Darius is seen here plowing some fresh snow with the backhoe.

Here's a somewhat elevated view of downtown Naknek nestled under a blanket of snow.

For a quiet, sleepy little fish town- Naknek draws it's share of worldly travelers. Here we see Elizabeth and Antonio enjoying a nice walk uptown for a leisurely brunch at the Red Dog Inn.

A view of the frozen Naknek river looking south.