Well, nothing like waiting more than 6 months to update the ol’ blog! A lot has happened in the last few months and my bitterness and disdain about moving to Alaska has subsided. I am now perfectly content with Sitka living and have settled in nicely. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to spend the rest of our lives here, but I’m perfectly content with Sitka life. It’s amazing what a few months of positivity and clarity can do to someone. If you would’ve asked me a year ago what I thought of Sitka, it would have been described using negative adjectives and swear words you would typically expect from me.
We have met some incredible people, have had incredible Alaskan experiences, and continue to enjoy our time here. Plus, we have two adorable fur babies who make each day more enjoyable and entertaining. We are truly lucky to live in a place surrounded by beauty and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Just last weekend we went out with great friends on their boat to watch the herring boats in action. If you are unfamiliar with the craziness that surrounds herring season, just Google it or look for videos on YouTube. Once a year, herring season opens for about a week. Locals and other fishermen spanning from Alaska, Washington, Oregon to Hawaii travel to Sitka to fish for herring. Before the actual opening, you’ll see TONS of boats getting ready and head out to the area that planes have spotted where the herring are. They wait anxiously until the call is made over the radio. Last weekend there were over 200 boats (seiners, tenders, skiffs, etc.) waiting for their big catch. We listened to the radio as Fish & Game made the countdown. “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….Sitka Sac Roe Fishing is now officially open.” Once those magic words were made over the radio, it was like nothing I’ve ever seen. Boats zipping around setting their nets and bringing them back in. A few years ago, there was a boat that in one set, they had nearly $1 MILLION dollars. Yep, that’s a million dollars worth of herring in ONE net. Not only are there hundreds of boats in the water, there are multiple planes in the air spotting for herring. The best part is the wildlife. You’ll see whales spouting around the area, bald eagles will literally paint the sky, and thousands of seagulls and such. It’s beyond crazy and amazing all at the same time.
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It’s experiences like these that make living in Alaska totally worth it. We’re lucky to be surrounded by ocean and mountains, incredible wildlife, and have the opportunities to experience once-in-a-lifetime events. Last weekend was truly unforgettable. Bet you want to visit, huh?