So I leave the house at 5:30am. It's definitely getting colder!
But the roads are dry so no problem...I thought! After I cross the twenty mile river bridge, my car starts wobbling. At first I thought it was the wind. But no, its different. Do I have a flat? No...then what the heck could it be? Then i see a thick bank of fog. OH OH..NOT GOOD...it's BLACK ICE! If you know the Whittier turn off, you know the lanes are divided there. I hit the brakes knowing I have my trusty anti lock brakes and...NOTHING! The car didn't slow down one little bit. After about 100 yards I would guess, I have it down to 35 mph. I am IMPRESSED with the Civic Si's traction control. Well too impressed, that's what let me drive so fast on black ice in the first place!
As the lanes divide, there is NO WAY I am going to make the corner. So do I slam into the poles and signs in the divider and risk impaling myself on a post? I don't rally care about the car at this point. I have time so I look ahead and nothing is coming, I turn the wheel slightly to the left and I take the corner in the wrong lane! I'm driving south....One life down...eight left...
NOT good. But I make it. I pull over check the road and it is a skating rink. After regaining my composure, I head back down the road going abot 25mph. I don't make it more than 400 yards when I come across a truck in the ditch with headlights on and still running.
I jump out holler a few times and then dial 911. The operator said they were talking to the driver who had been picked up a few minutes earlier. I did see vehicles parked at a parking pull off earlier. I hope he is alright.
As soon we get off turnagain arm, the roads are fine. Well the roads are fine but once I hit Ninilchik, a cow moose jumps in front of me. By the time I hit my brakes, the moose was behind me. 2 lives down, 7 left.
Oh yeah, this is a fishing forum. Well that's simple, I started at 11:00am finished at 5:30pm and caught NOTHING...well two pollock but that doesn't count.
I had one good take down but it didn't stick the fish. I thought the consolation was that I spoke with a few boats and only one boat had one fish. Okay, it's slow for everyone. Then I get in my car and check my email. The webmaster of another board emails me and says, I guess you didn't go today. My buddy Shane hammered two nice ones at the quart of gas hole (where I was fishing). WHAT?!?!?!?! No way! Well he had the pics to prove it. I did see a boat out there by itself after I left that area and was headed in.
The bad news is I didn't catch any. The good news is the fish are apparently still in the area.
So the video for today is merely a boring video of the conditions. The wide angle gopro lens does not do the wave size justice.
Here' the vid. Once again there isn't much to see. But I know there are folks who are interested in the type of conditions a yak can handle. While fun, I wasn't at all concerned. This was fairly normal water when we were fishing Deep Creek area in the spring.
While I didn't get any salmon, I did manage three snowshoe hares. Unfortunately it was with my car... there sure are a lot of them this year! Sorry bunnies.....
So today was a day to bank the hours, and waste 2 of my 9 lives. People often ask what the most dangerous part of kayaking is. My answer has always been "the drive down!"
Got to keep at it! I'll be back!!!!!