More Details for Clan Reed Alaska Trip
Food For Thought
I SAY - THERE WILL BE NO FORCED GROUP ACTIVITIES
If some folks want to go out fishing for halibut again for the 5th day, not everyone needs to come. If somebody likes the idea of staying in one day and reading a book, that's cool too.
We will be together plenty during the week - but not necessarily every hour.
Summer in Alaska is still cool
-August highs are only 65 F, lows near 50F
It could rain a lot; or it could be nice weather.
- We have to prepare for both.
- We have to be ready to fish in the rain
- There won't be any "let's wait - maybe it will clear up"
"Just be prepared, dress in layers -including a waterproof (breathable) jacket!-, and enjoy!"
- Dress in layers! Begin with a lightweight short sleeved shirt (your comfort layer), add a hoodie (hooded sweatshirt), cardigan sweater or fleece sweater (your warmth layer), add to that an all-weather coat (your protection layer), & scarf if it is warranted. If you get hot, simply shed enough clothes to make yourself comfortable.
- Most importantly, bring an all-weather jacket, preferably with a hood. I recommend a waterproof, breathable jacket rather than just a nylon windbreaker, especially if you plan to do a lot of outdoor stuff. Sometimes the wind kicks up across the ocean and even though it is sunny & warm, the cold wind will go right through you. The jacket doesn't have to be heavy & lined, if you layer correctly, you'll take care of the warmth, this will simply keep you dry! Brands you'll find in my closet are Patagonia, (my favorite - well made & moderately priced), Columbia, Marmot, & when I can afford it, North Face or Arc'teryx
Maybe a beanie?
Shoes or rubber boots that can keep your feet warm will be important, too!
Sunglasses are important, too.
This is still the iffy part of our plans.
There is really only one location to rent boats - and they will not take reservations until all of their "regulars" have booked what they want.
Worst case possible scenario if there is a boat shortage = Half of us hike in the mornings and fish in the afternoons; the other half fish in the morning and hike in the afternoons.
I'll be working this out in the next few weeks.
The $275-$300 covered boats cost more - but offer shelter from the rain.
- They can carry 4 people - which will allow 2 couples to be together on the boat
The $100-$150 skiffs might be fine on a nice day - but bad weather can come up pretty fast - The little skiffs only hold 3 people maximum - and that would require splitting up couples.
WHEN WE CATCH FISH
Guests wanting to do their own processing at the marina: We have a cleaning table, commercial vacuum packer, walk-in freezer and we sell wet-lock fish boxes.
Frozen fish in a wet-lock box stays frozen for several hours (freezer is set at -10). A majority of our guests take fish back as luggage and have no issues with fish thawing out before they arrive home. You can also arrange for FED-EX to pick up fish and have it sent overnight.
I am asking the rental house owner about outdoor grilling options.
SOMETHING MORE TO THINK ABOUT
Crab Trap - $17.50 per day
Some folks say it's just like "Deadliest Catch" but no one falls overboard
A person may limit on silvers, chums and pinks from July on - and the limit is 6 of each!
THE NAHA RIVER
Only 45 minutes from the Marina - great views of significant waterfalls and beautiful little islands along the way - offers hikers a fine walk along the river and through a rain forest, a look at mossy banks and regional wild flowers, and the opportunity (from late July until fall) to spy black bear feeding on salmon heading upstream.
There is a washer and dryer at the house - so do not pack a giant suitcase with 7 changes of clothes - we will just do laundry at the house!