Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Week 11

Its been raining a lot for the past week. We have had a few delays in guest departures/arrivals. Our team has managed to keep our heads high and our guests happy. Things are starting to come to an end here at the lodge. We are beginning to get our stuff slowly packed up so that the shutdown is a little bit easier. James, Logan, Jess and Kristi are leaving on the next changeover. Its going to be great to see them in the real world and I hope that we can stay in contact.

I have had some issues with my things this season at the lodge...I think the combo of me living in the freakin' Bermuda Triangle and the moisture in the air have destroyed all my electronics. First my computer stopped working; freezing all the time. Then my camera, hard drive, and phone get all messed up and stopped working. I have such bad luck.

Haven't had much opportunity to get out on the boats to go fishing or sightseeing. But of course on the one day I do I forgot my camera. Kristi, Naomi, James and I went out halibut fishing and and got a spectacular show from 2 humpback whales feeding and breaching no more that 25 feet from our small boat. To top it off while the whales were feeding, a large pod of porpoises joined the party and teamed up on the bait ball clusters around the boat. If only I had my camera...

Friday, September 10, 2010


Rain rain go away...

There was about 3 days in the last week and a half that didn't rain. Regardless I was able to make the best of my time with back to back fishing trips and lake expeditions. I had a blast with Logan, James, Naomi and Kristie; pretty solid team.

A horrible thing happened on the Whalen Lake adventure. First of all we had a pretty short time in which we were able to stay out because I had to work at 5....so we left the lodge around 12:00 and made it to the creek at 1:00....things just took too long to get going because of a dropping tide and lack of parking space in the estuary. We had to then portage the canoe up hill through the a overgrown trail for about 30 mins.
Once we made it to the lake we took time to eat a little snack of leftover pizza and cantaloupe. After eating we set up our rods and the four of us packed into the canoe. Our goal was to make it to the second point of the lake which we estimated would take us about an hour. Logan was sure that there was a creek feeding into the lake at that point. It was most likely to have fish residing in the creek mouth thus making our chances of catching fish higher. Once we actually got the the spot we had a 30 minute window to fish.
I think at about 3:35 we decided to leave. Logan steered and I sat up front paddling. We basically went full tilt all the way for about 40 minutes...I didn't want to be late for work! It was official, we were in a rush. We scrambled out of the canoe and I was flailing around to put my rod away not realizing that my reel spool was coming lose. I stuck it rod in the rod case and the reel popped off and rolled off a steep rocky drop off. I lost the reel my dad gave me. :( I felt helpless as the last of my floating line disappeared into the mirky darkness....
Me and Logan portaged the canoe downhill in an impressive 20 minutes with Naomi. Meanwhile James was back at the lake searching for my reel haha. A valiant effort on his part for sure. Once he caught up we canoed out to the boat and took off full tilt towards home. Obviously made it back in time!

Work has been pretty good this last week. No hiccups in service and we had a successful changeover once again. It's bear season and we have been graced with the presence of a medium sized black bear that stops by every now and then. There has also been a bunch of Kermode bear sightings in Cameron Cove just around the corner from the lodge. Pretty exciting times. Wish me luck, I'mma catch me a spirit bear!



So for the last few weeks my new MacBook Pro has been having some issues. Basically it freezes every time I try to use it so I have had some trouble keeping up to date with my weekly blogs due to this. SOOOO you are getting a double blog entry today.

So things are starting to slow down in the GBR and KPL. It has began to feel more and more like summer is ending. We haven't seen a lot of sun in the past week. Lots of rain, I guess that's why they call it the rain forest. I've been working in the kitchen and the dinning room for the past little while and things have been going well on both sides. We are starting to run like a fine tuned machine.

We have seen sooo many cool things this week. We had a couple humpback whales swim into the harbor and came nearly 15-20 feet away from the dock at the front of our lodge. I took some footage of them for a few minutes and I hope to use it in my short video I'm "trying" to work on. The sunsets have been pretty spectacular for the best couple days too. Reminds me how beautiful this place is and of how much I'm going to miss it when I leave.

Fishing has been not so good on the water for the past little while, but the rivers have been stocked full of pink salmon returning to the rivers as well as steelhead and cut throat trout. I've been trying to get out there as much as possible to get good use out of my new fly rod and new setup. I finally got my PFD this week so no more bulky orange life jacket!