Sunday, August 17, 2008

Imagine if you stepped out of your house in the morning and this was your view!  I feel pretty lucky to be able to work here for a week!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Dreamy Pups

I'm taking care of 55 sled dogs off Denali Highway near MacClaren Glacier (you can see it in the background below).  Stunning scenery out here....and six new puppies (hard to tell there's six in that pile!)

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Here are two "village dogs," Casper and Odie, that I helped care for in Chignik.  It was hard to leave them there, but that's another (long) story, which I will post soon.  

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Here a few shots from the aftermath of the fire. It looks bad, and it was, but the fire was limited to the cannery and did not reach the store, worker bunkhouse, cafeteria or an entire other plant building where, as I mentioned, my samples were kept and the main office was housed.  However, pretty much all production at the plant was halted. A floating processor was brought in to receive fish from the tenders still working in the area, and lots of workers were sent home.  I was always planning to leave at the end of July, so my schedule barely changed, but of course it wasn't the way I wanted to end my season.  I hope they will rebuild and will be up and running at full speed next summer.  Notice the huge pile of cooked salmon on the bottom left of the interior picture.  The fish is covered in ammonia, as a tank nearby had exploded.  Local dogs have been coming around for fish treats, and I've heard at least one dog has been throwing up, so hopefully they will get that cleaned up soon.  It's just a huge mess to clean up!