June was packed with backyard barbecues, hiking, fishing, and camping. In between, we managed to do some work.
One of the highlights was the Great Northern Brewers Club annual camping trip near Seward. We made sure to visit Seward Brewing Company, and bought a crowler (an aluminum 32 oz to-go can) to sip on the beach. Then we decided to climb up Mt. Marathon, and estimated that we would finish the hike in about two hours, since the winner of the race can do it in about 43 minutes. Three and a half hours later (we paused at the summit to enjoy the scenery while sipping on beer), we got back to the parking lot, and when we arrived back at the campsite, the GNBC party was in full swing. So many great beers to taste, so little time, and only one liver!
Yesterday we returned from our annual dip-netting trip to Kasilof where we pulled 19 Sockeye Reds out of the water. Each year we get one chance to go, and catch all the fish for the winter. I’m keeping an eye on the fish smokers as I write this. We are very grateful for the salmon, and for the unique way we are allowed to harvest it here in Alaska. Hopefully it will be available for many years to come.
The art show at Midnight Sun Brewing Company was a success, thanks to the wonderful beeristas who help me sell art there, and to the beer-loving patrons who buy it. Tomorrow evening I’ll be taking down my paintings after 8 PM. If you have your eye on one in particular, be sure to make MSBC your lunch destination, and if you can’t make it, you can always stop by my studio. I’ll be hosting an open studio event for the First Friday Art Walk from 5:30 PM – 8 PM. 333 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 4 (inside the 4th Avenue Market Place).
The next big task is to buy roofing materials, to load everything on to a trailer, and to make the long drive back to McCarthy on July 7th where we will spend a couple weeks building the roof. Finally those logs will get covered from the elements!
Cheers to June! Bring it on, July!