ACE – flying the unfriendly skies

Alaska Central Express, more commonly known as ACE, has a website that loudly proclaims them to be a “more reliable” cargo carrier with six flights each week to Dutch Harbor.  “Don’t wait on your freight!” They claim consistent flight schedules, friendly service and they even offer online air bill tracking.  With that online air bill tracking, I was able to confirm something I already knew:  our new stove has been sitting in their Anchorage warehouse for 17 days.  Sears dropped it off on the 7th, a Saturday.  When we hadn’t received it by the following Thursday I phoned the Anchorage facility.  “Oh, you’ll have it by Sunday.”  Excellent. That’s great. Except Continue reading ACE – flying the unfriendly skies

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More on Salmon

Brandon and I went diving in the lake yesterday, near the Methodist Church.   We were trying to find a site where, allegedly, the guy I bought my house from had found some WWII china.  We spent about 35 minutes peering through a pretty concentrated algal bloom, dense enough that it was hard to see the bottom and keep up with one another.  When we could see anything at all, we spotted a lot of micrometer-sized fry, and one or two parr that were rather interested in our fingertips, but for the most part we didn’t see Continue reading More on Salmon

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Tundra Golf 2010 – Postscript

It rained.  It sprinkled.  It drizzled.  It rained more, sideways rain now.  Only about half of the teams showed up for the second day of the tournament (wimps!), but of course that meant play went much faster than it did on Saturday.  We finished play in under three hours, soaking wet, starting to get cold, and with a score that would undoubtedly have been worse than yesterday’s had we continued keeping track of it!  We were all cold, and wet and tired by the end of the day but overall it was another excellent outing with friends in typical Aleutian weather.  Sorry there are no pics from Day 2 since it was too wet to bring out the cameras…

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Tundra Golf 2010

Ah, another year of golfing what must be the world’s most stunning and most ornery course!  Nine holes, each with fairways of 4-12 inch-high tundra foliage and the occasional willow or salmonberry grove, made finding balls a distinct challenge.  We did pretty well for the first four holes, losing only three balls, but it was all downhill after that.  Fortunately tournament rules allow one to swing from wherever a ball is found, whether it’s yours or not.  That’s certainly a nice option, particularly if you can find a ball Continue reading Tundra Golf 2010

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