Fireworks in Seward started at 12:01 a.m. on the Fourth of July. We slept in a bit in the morning, and headed out at noon for a shakedown cruise and testing of the fishing gear.
Cherie and Pat, always the life of the party, brought some sparkly lights and holiday glasses. Clinton and Julie shared some stories about when they lived on Prince of Wales Island several years ago. We got them to repeat a few of the stories later, to include in this week's podcast episode.
There's a few sea otters that live in the boat harbor. One seemed to stay in our vicinity most of the time, and was a popular photo op for all the people heading on or off one of the large glacier-tour boats. In this photo, he's eating the head of a halibut.
Jaelyn was excited to finally head out on the cruise. Some dramamine drowsiness kicked in, and she napped until we got out to the fishing spot. She was rested and in top form to challenge me to a rematch of Yahtzee, which we had played while waiting for the fireworks the previous night.
They were finishing the 5K races up Marathon Mountain as we left town. In the first photo below, you can see a light-green trail along the left ridge of Marathon Mountain, with the city of Seward along the shore. We were downtown in the morning, where we saw a youth race finish and the women's race start. The course was muddy from recent rains, to add a bit more challenge to the vertical ascent and descent. Because a plain-old 5K on a flat surface just would not be Alaskan.
The clouds lifted as we headed out into Resurrection Bay, and it turned into one of those breathtakingly gorgeous days. The second picture is Marathon Mountain on our return.
We only caught two salmon that day, but one of them was the biggest silver that we would catch during our entire visit. The silvers were just starting to come into the bay in early July. This summer turned out to be a spectacular year for silvers, and we filled the boat's chest freezer the following week.
The boat ran smoothly, fishing equipment was working, and Jaelyn clobbered me at two games of Yahtzee. All in all, it was a successful shakedown cruise.