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ID:	3446 Well we took a much needed vacation the last couple of weeks, to Alaska! We spent most of our time Deep Sea fishing, but also fished the Kenai River for King Salmon. While we were fishing we were able to view humpback whales, stellar sea lions, sea otters (many with pups), nesting puffins, as well as a pod of Orcas.

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I, of course, took some time to peruse the prices of things and was shocked that "fresh" eggs on the roadside were priced at $5. a dozen. Utterly ridiculous food prices. It took considerable work to purchase groceries at a decent price. Frito's Corn chips (dh's faves!) were $7.86 a bag at the local Safeway store- which only solidified my resolve NOT to buy junk food, to make our own if we so desired it.




We had the opportunity to fish for Halibut (several days) and caught a plethora of fish including, yelloweye (red snapper), quill fish, china, skate (utterly useless- but fun to fight!), salmon and a few others.

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ID:	3448 It's serious business when you're fighting a 90lb fish that's 250+ feet deep! At the other end of this lovely pole was a 90 pound Skate- which looks alot like a sting ray with sharp blades down its back and tail.





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ID:	3449 We met the official mayor of Talkeetna (which is the town you must go through if you wish to climb Mt McKinley!), who just happens to be a Cat named Stubs. (No shittin' folks!). He was elected via write in ballot.


All in all, it was an amazing trip full of interesting people, sites and a few hairy moments - including an earthquake that measured 5.6, but I'll save those notes for another day.

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  1. fosterfamily5's Avatar
    Sounds like a fantastic trip!!
  2. wilbe95's Avatar
    Tell me more, tell me more

    Since it doesn't look like I will get much of a vacation this year, I am going to enjoy one vicariously through you!
  3. FredMcElwee's Avatar
    Hi Melissa!!! This is Fred from alaska that caught the salmon on the beach!!!
  4. Liss's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FredMcElwee
    Hi Melissa!!! This is Fred from alaska that caught the salmon on the beach!!!
    Wow! Hi Freddy! Do you mean THIS Salmon:



    How are you doing? How was your trip home?
  5. FredMcElwee's Avatar
    We are fine and we got home fine. How about you?

    Your website is awesome!!!
  6. Liss's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FredMcElwee
    We are fine and we got home fine. How about you?

    Your website is awesome!!!
    We got home fine as well, although a day earlier than we planned. The jet lag got us though, we spent a few days up until 3 in the morning! Yuck . . .

    On the Website, Thank you! I'm glad you are enjoying it. If you get a chance, make the Kool-Aid Sherbet, it's yummy and very easy. Also, If you like harry potter, there are some fun harry potter recipes and "spells".

    Did you guys end up bringing home alot of fish? How are your mum and dad doing? I sure would love to try some of your dads recipes we talked about.
  7. FredMcElwee's Avatar
    We did bring home quite a bit of fish. My parents are great!

    Thanks for the Sherbert recipe! I will surely make it one day!