Sunday, August 16, 2015
It was a glorious day of salmon fishing on the bay of Knudson Landing in Ketchican, Alaska.
Tony greeted us with a friendly hello. Instantly I knew he was the perfect sea captain, guiding us with every step of our adventure.
The depth of the ocean went to 184 feet, The orange spots told the boat where the fish was located.
He gave us a lesson about what not to do. I quickly made the decision to let my two sons and husband do all the fishing.
He told of a time a guest got caught with their hand in the reel. It was a bloody mess. He said you just have to treat it with respect. He guided the boat with a remote control in the back.
I was glad to find that out as no one was steering the boat at the helm.
It was time to bate the hook of krill.
He gave expert instructions how to cast the reel. It was important to let the drag out to loosen the tension. A mechanism on the gear controls how much leeway the fish has to bite.
The ball of metal or weight allows the line to be stable. It acts like an anchor for the bate.
The equipment on the reel showed the proper amount of line to be let out.
The same was done for all four fishing lines. It was now time to wait and see where the fish were biting.
We waited to see the pole moving back and forth.
Alex, our oldest got the first bite. He grabbed the reel to pull up tight. The skill is to snag the fish without letting it go. Tony was ready with the net to make sure it was not lost.
It was a beautiful Pink Salmon We'll ship it home says Tony. Okay says my husband as the thrill of the first catch went through the bones on everyone on board.
It was time for my husband to have a nibble. But in Alaska it's not just a nibble but a big bite. The battle between fish and man started and Jim pulled hard. His muscles turned the round device as his arms pulled up to master the fishes movements. The fish fought hard but couldn't over come the mighty pull of the line against his fins.
Now it was time to re-bait the hook and try again.
Michael cast out his reel to the ripples of ocean water.
Michael got a bite and the battle was on.
Michael caught the largest Pink Salmon of all.
Tony got the bait ready for more catches.
More were caught.
Alex and Michael imitated Tony and started to use the net to capture fish.
Michael and Alex kept catching more fish.
There were times of waiting as we watched other boats.
Each became more confident as the expertise flowed.
I caught another one.
It's time to set home. It was a glorious day of fishing.
We saw a butterfly in the middle of the ocean waters. I said every time you see a butterfly you can say, God loves you.
It was an amazing day of working together for a common catch.
We got to shore and counted 19 Pink Salmon.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Families and Friends gather together
Holding Sparkles of Light
Lined in rows of celebration
To honor the bride and groom
Anticipation rises to see
The white flowing gown
A beautiful smile of happiness
Showing hope for the future
I picked the right one.
Everyone is lit
Hold your wands high
Get ready they're coming
All heads turn
All eyes are in focus
All hearts are one with love
For the newly married couple.
They are holding hands
Walking side by side
Their smiles are in unison
Every step flows with love
Holding each other tight
In a sweet embrace
We said our vows
Our commitment is real
With deepest joy
I receive you into my life
That together we may be one.
I promise you my deepest love
My fullest devotion
My tenderest care.
I promise I will live first unto God
I will lead our lives
Into a life of faith
Hope in Christ Jesus
Honoring God's Guidance
By His Spirit
Through the Word
No matter what may lie ahead
I pledge to you
As a loving
With deepest joy
I come into my new life
As you have pledged
Your life and love
I too give my life
As in the church
In her relationship to Christ
So I will be to you
Caring for you
Ever seeking to please you
God has prepared
Me for you
I promise to be
Faithful to you
I pledge my life