Jim "the charmed fisherman" Barthelman graciously offered to take a few of us 'upriver' Friday night! I finally got to try out my fancy new fly fishing rod that I purchased in Hayward this summer. Just about the time I was seriously beginning to question whether or not this purchase was the best idea for me after all, I got a bite. And the fight was on! Wow fly fishing for silvers is wild! I thought it was going to pull me into the river. If fishing was ever considered a silent-ish kind of sport I challenged it that evening. "JIM! JIM! WHAT DO I DO??? AHHHHHH! JIM? IT'S GONNA GET AWAY!!! IT'S PULLING ME IN? JIM! WHAT DO I DO??" I could hear him snickering next to me. "You're fine. Turn the pole upstream." Well, I did as I was told and landed my first silver not only this year but ever on a fly rod! I've been looking forward to this all summer! It's the little things in life, lol! We took em home filleted em then Jim and Steph vacuum sealed em! Quyana guys! What fun! Can't wait for baked silver! Wooooo-whoooo:) I live here:)
I have blonde highlights now. The response from my friends in Quin has been divided. John Teddy shook his head and said, "I don't even recognize you. You need your hair back."
Venessa was shocked, "Your hair died!"
Mary was excited, "I love your new hair!"
Hillary's Mom shared her daughter's response at bedtime prayers, "Dear God, Please let me have blonde hair like Rachel's and let my dad not be mad."
I've definitely enjoyed the mixed reviews. That's for sure.
Steph and I were in the Delta Discovery over the summer. Our picture from the Iditarod holding an issue of the Discovery was published back in July! Connie brought me a copy. So we're kinda famous, it's a big deal. LOL
Fannie sent me home last night with a bowl full of bread dough and a mouthful of her homemade aqutaq (because she was feeding me spoonful after spoonful as I was walking out the door). Then with the help of Jerilyn I baked my first loaf of bread...yeah, yeah I know I didn't make it but you gotta start somewhere:) It is yummy!
Watching 360 North on the Alaska Channel. There was Father Oleska being interviewed about his childhood. He was here in Quin during Singspiration last year. Really I need to go to bed because tomorrow is the first day of school!!!!! Speaking of...
Meet Alicia from Ohio! She is our resident reading specialist and special education extraordinaire! She arrives with great experience teaching in Ohio last year. This is Alicia's first time in Alaska! What a brave and adventurous spirit she has.Connie is from Bethel, Alaska but has called Washington home for many years. She is close to home now and more than ready to bring our Special Education program to the next level. I'm loving working with her! We've been swimming through paperwork and programs all week and we still have our heads above water!
This is Allison #2;) She's from the best state, Minnesota (I'm a little biased I suppose). Allison is fresh off the boat and geared up to take on this year's 6th grade! We are thrilled to have her. She too is brand new to the last frontier and thriving!
This is Alison #1 and her hubby John. This adorable, adventure bound couple hales from back east, Vermont I believe. They are my new neighbors to the left, Ani has made fast friends with their two pupperoos Riley and Tucker. Ali will be our new excellent 4th grade teacher and is chomping at the bit to educate her estudiantes!
As Jerilyn and I were zooming along on her four wheeler over to her aunt's to take a steam, we found ourselves in awe of the evening scene. The sunset over the mountains last night was incredible. Striking blues, yellows, pinks and oranges swirled together like I've never seen in the sky and can't even describe. The pictures don't do it justice but I had to try to share it. It looked like the top of the mountains were on fire. We had to turn around just to got back so I could get my camera and try to capture the view. This is the best I could do.
Shout Out To: My Thoughtful Brother Good Luck on you pursuit of time travel. And to Allison and Alicia thanks for the great spaghetti dinner tonight! And to Sherry and Steph for saving Ani from himself when he chewed through his leash today. Quyana my friends.