What’s the point of reading a book when you already know the ending? Rarely is a story so compelling and unbelievable that it couldn’t past muster as a work of fiction. No one would believe the odysseys captured in the pages of Endurance if they weren’t true. The fact that 28 men sailed into the heart of the Antarctic ice pack, had their ship crushed in heavy flows, fought off the elements and madness for more than a year existing on the ice, and all escaped and lived to tell about it is, quite frankly, beyond belief.
A Brief Review of the Book ‘Endurance’ by Alfred Lansing
Goofing Off and Winning the 2023 Captain’s Invitational Halibut Tournament in Homer, Alaska
One of my very first fishing trips when I arrived in Alaska more than 6 years ago was with my friend Jordan, who invited me to join a bunch of guys competing in the annual Captain’s Invitational Halibut Tournament in Homer, Alaska. We did not win the tournament that year, but I started to find my sea legs and understand a little bit about what drew such an eclectic group of guys together with a love for the ocean.
One Shot: The First Halibut of 2023
The first halibut on my charter boat the Diamond Cape this summer was a 64-pounder caught by Liz from West Virginia on May 6, 2023. It put up a good fight. She chased it around the back of the boat for a good 20 minutes before it came to the surface, saw the boat, and took a dive back to the bottom. After another long fight, the beast finally hit the back deck on a cool spring morning in Lower Cook Inlet.
Early season halibut fishing is off to a good start this year in Homer, Alaska. If you’re looking to book a trip, there are still seats available in May with Homer Ocean Charters.
Halibut Fishing on Kachemak Bay with ‘Gone Walk About’
My buddy Ash (AKA ‘Gone Walk About’ on YouTube) and I try to go out fishing together every spring. Things get hectic in Homer, Alaska when the snow finally melts. Boat work kicks into high gear ahead of the summer fishing seasons, and the whole town seems to awaken from its winter slumber.
This past week Ash and I managed to sneak away for an afternoon of halibut fishing on a flat-calm, blue-ish sky day in Kachemak Bay. It was late April, which is still considered off season for halibut fishing in Alaska, but we cared more about being out on the boat than we did catching fish, and with such nice weather it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
Fishing ended up being pretty good, too.
Dispatches from, like, the Steepest Ski Resort Mountain Ever
Mount Alyeska is a hard mountain to learn to snowboard on. I know this because that’s where I learned since moving to Alaska. I never snowboarded before then, except in my friends backyard in Homer and at the super awesome and totally worth-while Homer Rope Tow. But as far as real resort style stuff, Alyeska was my proving ground.
It’s has the reputation of being “steep and deep” because, like, it’s super duper steep, and it also gets a super duper lot of snow fall every year — an average of 650 inches, according to the resort’s website. Of course that same web page says it’s good for beginners too, so I’m not sure how much I believe it.
It’s steep as hell.