Mark Broke the Best Dish!

By , July 15, 2019

The day started off well enough.

After a lazy, contemplative morning, I realized that the high tide approached, so I decided to go out on the rocks to fish.

Almost right away, I got a strike. I caught a small Dolly Varden char, and decided to keep it and cook it up for the cat. Shortly after, I hooked a large pink salmon, although it shook off the lure. A second one did the same a bit later; eventually, I caught a larger Dolly Varden, enough to make part of a dinner for the family.

However, we already had a family dinner plan for that night. ‘Why not bake it for lunch?’ I thought.

That’s where the trouble began.

baking fish in a solar oven

The baking dish in happier days, doing its thing in the sun oven (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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A Red Sun Rises

By , July 12, 2019

The Alaskan heatwave continues. With it comes wild fires.

Actually, the Alaskan interior often burns in the summer. To me, its weather reminds me more of central and eastern Washington state, warm and dry. Lightning strikes, unattended camp fires, even sunshine refracted through a piece of broken glass can spark wild fires that burn thousands of acres without endangering a single dwelling. Some summers, we’re almost as bad here (see Too Close for Comfort!).

Is this news to you? That’s because we’re Alaska. If we were California, or some other place regarded as important by the U.S. east coast, you’d hear about it constantly.

smoke haze on Lynn Canal

You’ve seen this view many times before, on better days . . . (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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