On a hunt for mountain goat and blacktail deer, a surprise came out of the deep.


We fell in love with Kodiak, Alaska when son Bill was stationed at its U.S. Coast Guard Base. After enjoying sparkling blue skies and water on some fishing trips with Bill, we decided to spend more time there. We settled on a plan to buy a boat, which we could live aboard and operate as a fishing charter and hunting transport business. This episode of the podcast took place the first year we operated as Kodiak Wilderness Cruises.


It starts to get chilly in October, as you can see by the snow. As the snow gets deeper, the animals move down the mountainsides. You often see deer foraging along the coastline when food becomes scarce at higher altitudes. On this trip, though, sons Bill and Casey had to hike up high to get a goat. The others hiked the hillsides in pursuit of blacktail deer. 

Back aboard the Best Friends, one of the guys tossed a line in the water while waiting for the others to return. I don’t know if fighting a monster-size fish for an hour and a half is a relaxing way to pass the time, but I’m sure he felt it was well worth the effort.

Everybody caught the fishing bug, with some fine results. The two halibut in the second picture are plenty big. I'd be worn out getting just one of these to the boat. As Larre says, "Don't let anybody tell you that halibut don't fight."

Larre says he’s a little frustrated with this episode, because he got some of the geography wrong. For one, he said Onion Bay was on Afognak Island when it’s really on Raspberry Island. Even I know that. I confess, I wasn’t listening when he went into his litany of this island, that point, this strait, that bay. It’s a reflex developed over decades of listening to his stories. They are good stories, but jeepers—the man has names for trees and rocks, for crying out loud. “I was in the parking lot pine” or “I was sitting on the buck rock—you know, where we first saw that buck Rob got in 2007,” or whatever. I nod and say, “Uh huh,” wanting to get on with the story. So the “yes, dear” reflex kicked in and some geographical inaccuracies resulted.

I told Larre maybe we should run a contest to see who can find the most errors in the episode. He nodded and said, “Uh huh.”