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By: joealaska , 7:08 AM GMT on June 10, 2012

It’s about time...

Summer has arrived in Dutch. It could be over by the time I finish this missive, and we head right into Fall.

Thursday night was one of those nights. Perfect weather and just beautiful. Best day this year. The whole town was outside enjoying it all. Gnu guy and I took the first real cruise of the year.

First things first. We went out Summer Bay Road to see if it was clear. The avalanche blocking the road was cleared by plows. They even had used a shovel on a front loader to reach up as high as possible to scrape away at the upper portions. Trust me, that hunk of solid slush was done doing any moving. A plow would have done just fine by itself.

The road was now open all the way to Morris Cove, as far as you can drive. There were plenty of mini landslides along the cliffs, but it was all passable. Further out where you have to climb one last ridge to get from Humpy Cove to Morris Cove the road was best suited for 4-wheel drive.

But it was OPEN! I last drove there in mid-December.

When we got to Morris Cove, there was a crowd. Maybe 40 people in two big parties at each end of the beach. This beach is my personal favorite, a nice wide sandy beach. Very similar to the beach at Summer Bay. It is the site of the home made public hammock where Gnu Guy posed just after he got here. Perfect for beach parties. Would love to stay a night out there with a big bonfire and a barbecue. Will never happen.

We were looking for the horses. There were certainly SIGNS of horses. Piles of them. But no horses.

So we headed back. A great night for photos. We stopped to check out the best eagles nest in Dutch. The signs are up around town near the Post Office and “clinic” about NESTING EAGLES and BEWARE! Well MOM was laying low on those eggs when we looked down. She looked up at us probably wishing she had a camera. Well I did, and will post the photos soon.

There was a couple of folk beach combing down below amongst the rocks. They had found a couple of buoys they were dragging around near the base of the eagle nest (which is perched on a rock tower about 40 feet tall). They then started to climb the tundra cliff with all of that crap behind them. Like climbing a spongy ladder. STEEP, but plenty of tundra to grab hold of. We saw them starting to climb. It looked like a possible 911 situation, but we left and came by later and they were safely up top.

The big boats are all coming through. Right now they are packed with supplies from down south. But after they go out fishing, they will return in a week or two needing more supplies. And that is where it kicks in for us.


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22. osdianna
6:37 PM GMT on June 13, 2012
ps - the Kulluk and a second rig, the Noble Discoverer, depart Seattle later this month, with drilling scheduled to start in July where "unusually heavy pack ice recedes enough to allow for summer work to begin". There are supposed to be 20 other vessels in that area to support the drilling effort.

Attention Joe...I assume they will all be seeing you for supplies.

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21. osdianna
6:25 PM GMT on June 13, 2012
I once lived in Red Bluff, Ca, where the summer daytime highs got into the 100's...and we had outdoor clotheslines...but here in the PNW it is a bit more difficult to get ANY dry enough hang time; then there are the gulls, crows, eagles, swallows, yada, yada, yada...have I mentioned we have tons of birds in my neighborhood?

Also, for those of you who recall Joe's photos and bits of info about that Shell Oil drilling platform/huge Christmas Tree display called the Kulluk, it made the front page of Monday's Seattle Times. It was towed into Vigor Shipyards last July to undergo some work..."new diesel engines, welding bulkheads, painting"..and, oh by the way, "pumping some $200 million into the local economy".

Shell says that production from the fields wouldn't even begin until 2023 at the earliest. Personally I am hoping we will find another source of energy waaay before then. I am uneasy with anything more being added to our atmosphere...whether you believe in global warming or not, even the best-kept oil fields, pipelines, platforms, etc. are very dirty...and leaks happen.

Interesting article, though.
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20. insideuk
5:52 PM GMT on June 13, 2012
From the first dry weather in spring through to the far end of the year most Brits would be drying laundry outdoors on a line. Bird mess is remarkably rare (even during current nesting times), but pesky insects need shaking out before they get taken indoors (of course our insects don't kill people, something of a bonus as far as I'm concerned). It is virtually unheard of to have neighbourhood restrictions on outdoor drying here, but then unlike Dotmom I don't risk finding golf balls in my bra cups...

Lots of UK homes wouldn't even have a dryer, though they are useful for sheets and towels – radiators get loaded up during winter months, and airing cupboards that contains the heat from the hot water tank makes useful drying space. Kitchen and utility space is at a premium, and having the big basement/ laundry area some of you guys have is very rare. Our washers are much smaller than US versions, fitted under counter and almost always front loading. I have heard tales of visiting Americans being stunned to discover the normal/ average load uses a wash cycle that takes well over 2 hours to complete. They have also assumed the machine isn't working because it doesn't immediately flood with vast volumes of water and soapy suds. They work really well – they have been designed with economic use of water, electricity and detergents very much in mind. Electrical items get marked up with prominent efficiency ratings stickers in the stores – we are all looking for the top AA+ standard, and the manufacturers know it. It's just the visiting tourists who are kept in the dark.

Having your smalls hanging outdoors sometimes lets your neighbours learn more about you than you realise. For instance, I learned that my near neighbours have apparently named their first born son after the brand of underpants his father wears.

Which displays either a stunning lack of imagination or touching personal accreditation to Mr Klein and his ability to help create a certain mood.

Golf balls caught in your cups could have much the same effect, don't you think?
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19. DHaupt
4:43 PM GMT on June 13, 2012
We used a revolving clothes line device many years ago. The clothes certainly got dry, but beware of the birds! The base for the thing now supports a pole with an array of bird feeders. I don't think our shoulders would handle the stress of using one anymore.
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18. ladyhomer
4:09 PM GMT on June 13, 2012
We don't hang our clothes out here in Alaska but I know every year when I go back to Ohio people still do also when I go to Amish country they all do there some days more than others!!!!
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17. Arbie
11:05 AM GMT on June 13, 2012
The talks of barbecue and brats are getting my mouth watering.

When I was growing up in the 60s, people still hung their laundry to dry, at least on some days, even though they had clothes dryers. That was before all the women started working outside the home. Nowadays, I can't imagine who would have the time.

I have been looking at pictures of the mock space shuttle being barged into Houston. Sad.
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16. dotmom
1:58 AM GMT on June 13, 2012
Ylee. I thought we were going to have barbecue on Friday night here at the house when they all arrive. We have been trying different ones - finally, JoeKy said - I don't like this. So we canned that and we are going to go with the German theme. German brats, potato salad, slaw and I am not sure what else. Seems the menu changes daily - but that is my job. The girls are working on activities. I know Moonlight barbecue, but I think they will hang around Louisville although it seems a trek to Mammoth Cave is in the offing for the younger set. We old timers are going to wait for the 5 o-clock news or movies - whichever comes first.
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15. Ylee
11:42 PM GMT on June 12, 2012
Dotmom, has any of your clan ever been to Owensboro to eat barbecue? If not, ya'll need to try it once!

Family and I am headed out to Cave City next week to do a little canoeing, caving, and Corvetting!(The museum and plant tour!)
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14. bearpaints
2:41 PM GMT on June 12, 2012
Yup I still hang clothes at least I used to before I had my shoulder surgery. It's become hard to raise my arm over my head without help from the other and with laundry in hand it's harder. But have to work at it as in the future I won't be able to use the dryer without getting the generator going. And same here Dotmom about some areas in town do not allow you to hang your clothes. I have found if you hang them at night when it's so warm out there is always a slight breeze and which helps dry slower and they become softer. Out here in AZ you can't hang them fast enough during the day. I also have hung sheets to dry when a freek snow storm came through and froze them.

Dave we can't afford to hire anyone to put our system together. We are going to start with a few panels and battiers and work our way up. We are used to living without the normal luxeries to begin with so it won't be too hard at first. We were told unless we have a very good strong wind generator would it be worth putting one up.The winds are very strong there and the ones before us who have tried the smaller wind generators lost them from strong winds. We will start with a couple of 200 watt panels and go from there. The back up plan is a PTO Generator. Which runs off the good old John Deere tractor. We have to choice in the matter of power nothing close. We see power lines, but that's it.

Interesting discussion. And Insideuk your right about the cost of getting something installed and not enough sun engergy to use it.
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13. dotmom
12:34 PM GMT on June 12, 2012
UK: Would you believe our neighborhood has an ordinance whereby we cannot have a clothes line outside. We do have one in the garage but seldom use it. Yes, at 98 degrees - we are using the dryer. That is pretty dumb! But also, if you take some of your stuff out of the dryer early and hang it, you don't have to iron and that saves on electricity. We got it covered! :)
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12. insideuk
11:42 AM GMT on June 12, 2012
Can I just ask - does anybody in the USA dry their laundry on a line outside?

96f's and you are using a dryer?

Is it taboo to show your neighbours your undies or something?! I know what all the men around here wear underneath...

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11. insideuk
11:36 AM GMT on June 12, 2012
I’ve been surprised by the number of people in MY area who have had solar panels fitted to their roofs. Not only does it seem an extraordinarily expensive business to have them installed – I heard it’s around the £10,000 ($15k) mark for an average sized house, but savings to be made from British weather mean you really have got to be looking VERY long term before it even starts to pay for itself. Like don’t be planning on moving house in the next 20 years…

Maybe they have that lease system going over here now too, it makes more sense to me to do it that way unless you are building a new eco home from scratch. Even then I think burying miles of water pipes under the ground to benefit from the constant heat in the earth would suit this climate better than relying on that fair weather fiend in the sky.

Many local farms have been installing their own giant wind turbines, they have become very popular with the welly boot and wax jacket brigade in the last couple of years. But planning regulators are starting to get a bit iffy about the detrimental visual impact of such monsters appearing here, there and everywhere. And from what I’ve seen they seem to be turned off more than turned on – I know they can’t cope with too much wind, in Scotland there have been exploding wind farms in the gales. I saw a program the other night about a huge storm that hit the south of England 300 years ago – over 400 windmills were burnt to the ground in one night as cogs were forced around against the wooden braking force which created huge friction, causing them to burst into flames. They have a wind turbine installed at a farm a few miles downwind from where I live – it shares a field with 24,000 free range chickens.

Don’t know what made me think of that.


I have very happily discovered that the Deadliest Catch season will not be brought to an annoying halt for the population of Europe this year. The Discovery Channel has come to its senses and is allowing a seamless continuation from king crab into opilio seasons without the previously enforced 4 month televisual intermission.

Get it out there before Europe burns…
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10. DHaupt
5:41 AM GMT on June 12, 2012

Our solar system isn't offline, it is phased into PG&E's grid. However, I'm sure one can be configured to run totally offline. You would probably need a battery storage system for some supply during nights or cloudy weather or a solar eclipse! The best thing to do is contact solar power contractors once you are moved.

I'm not sure whether our company does offline systems or is in your area. But, the name of it is "Sungevity". I can't say enough good thins about them. The area company that specializes in leased systems, the only way we could afford to go. We're paying about $130/month, so the power isn't totally free. But, PG&E pays us for any excess generation. Ours is a pretty big system for a home too.

We hit 96F this afternoon for about two hours. I had the AC on until around sundown so today's grid energy was only -2kwH (that covered a couple of loads in the dryer as well). It's a wonderful 72 outside now and I'm headed for the porch again.
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9. cybersuze
2:17 AM GMT on June 12, 2012
If its any consolation, JA, your weather has an influence on that in Boise. Saturday we were hosting an Ironman competition and they shaved about 40 miles off the bike ride because of the inclement weather -- raining and about 40 degrees! The next day though was sunny and beautiful! As it is now! Your photos are great!
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8. bearpaints
2:56 PM GMT on June 11, 2012
Summer has been here way to long already. Highs are around 100 and below. Some people I know think I'm crazy because I still open my windows at night but the cool air is great. That's what I get for living out of town.

Dave I'm interested in the solar too. We will be liveing completely off grid when I move. My husband right now has a few small solar panels he's using to power his Rv for running water, lights, etc. And he has hooked up half the house so he can sleep with a fan and maybe watch a movie. He loves the fact he's not paying for the power.

Joe you need to put that sleepover on your bucket list. Sounds like a wonderful idea to me. You can always put a big chain across the road saying closed for private party. Have GNU guy stand guard and enjoy yourself. Oh yea don't bring the phone.

Dotmom, are all of us invited to your family picnic? Only kidding, but that sounds like such a cool idea. I haven't seen any family for years not blood related. My daughter is talking about moving out this way in a year or so from Montana, she can't handle the cold any longer. That would be nice.

Hope everyone has a nice week, back to work for me.
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7. OGal
12:57 PM GMT on June 11, 2012

Oh Dotmom your reunion sounds like a lot of fun. Families don't get together as often as they should. Good for you.
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6. OGal
12:56 PM GMT on June 11, 2012

Joe we too celebrated the coming of summer in Dutch Saturday night with our first batch of our Alaskan halibut. I have never had any better fish. Steve ate a two pound filet and I ate a one pounder. Too delicious for words. Maybe it even tasted better because we worked so hard to catch it.

Just a question Joe. Was the graffiti removed from the lovely church?

Your pictures are just gorgeous. Next trip we are coming to visit you. I want to see all that beauty in person.
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5. Midmid1
12:43 PM GMT on June 11, 2012
Hot and muggy today in Houston. I'm ready to make a another trip to DH for some cooler temps already. I still can't get over the great weather I had the entire week last August while I was there.

Watch out for those nails Joe! I'm hoping you met your flat tire quota last year on the Tahoe! Otherwise, you better start placing weekly orders!

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4. dotmom
2:42 AM GMT on June 11, 2012
Love all your photos Joe. Looks so beautiful and I am happy for you that the weather is warming some.

Dotmom and close family (FranKY and Cybersuze) are busy trying to get the reunion going that you got started way back when. Sure wish you could be with us. You will be missed. It looks like things are coming together. We have been taste-testing barbecue from different places and I think we have made a decision. I am still planning on making that Kentucky Burgoo (but leave out the road-kill - especially if it has Goodyear run across it). That will be a last minute decision.

Sounds like the group will be making a trek to Mammoth Cave. The Derby Museum should be a draw if they have never been there.

With all the rain we have had this spring, we have lots of greenery and some pretty flowers around also. Just hoping everyone enjoys the weekend.
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3. osdianna
5:27 PM GMT on June 10, 2012
Wouldn't you know, everything opening up for roaming the island and it's THAT time of year again, when Joe and crew get a few hours of interrupted sleep in a 24-hr period. My sympathies. I'd get really crabby.
As for summer weather...hrmph...we didn't have rain yesterday, Saturday, but a stiff breeze hovered over the Flag Day Parade. I missed it, being indoors running a master gardener plant clinic...still had on a sweatshirt, and needed it; every time the doors opened a cold wind rushed in. The local Ace Hardware allows us to sit inside in comfort, under a sun umbrella, in comfortable chairs. Meanwhile it got up to 58 outside...great sunset, though. Sometimes I miss Bay Area weather...a bit more heat would suffice; what I don't miss are the 2pm banks of fog. Dave is far enough inland he probably doesn't have that...right? Keep us posted on your power grid freedom. Good move on that.
Did a beach survey with raptor biologist..speaking of eagles...rained hard...unhappy eagles standing around in it out on the sand at waters edge...6 adults and 4 juvies in a 6-mile stretch. Seal pups are their main targets...it's pupping season and some don't make it. These big birds are the cleaning crew.
Chunks of styrofoam washing in, believed to be tsunami debris; rigid foam insulation is what we think it is...lots of it. I found a pink plastic float, about vollyball-sized, Japanese writing, 1-inch long barnacles. Also, a rubber ducky, water-proof ink, "message inside" and an arrow pointing at hat, hat screws off, message in a baggie said to call "Davey Duck" if found, and a ph#...I did...he is in Carmel, Ca...Alaskan Cruise out of Victoria, B.C. threw it overboard on 5/21, I found it 5/31.

Sorry such a long post...windy today...lol.
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2. insideuk
2:39 PM GMT on June 10, 2012
Yeah. The mini landslides all the way out to Morris Cove were created by that same over zealous front loader driver, scraping up high all the way along the roadside. He didn't NEED to do it, JUST AS JOE SAID – he was just having fun with his shovel. If you were to stand far back on the other side of the bay you'd be able to make out all the words he's written into the landscape -

“I'll be the best judge of that, thank you Joseph...”

There really is no end to this snow plow jealousy thing is there – even MID SUMMER.

Was there some kind of a personal feud going on between the two parties, separated by the length of beach? Or was it actually the annual Dutch Harbor tug of war competition? Maybe the rope was hidden from your view by the tide? Maybe they were fighting over the newly discovered undersea fibre optic broadband cable? World War 3 could have been breaking out on that beach. But Joe wasn't giving it too much attention, he was busy trying not to step in all the meadow muffins.

I read recently of somebody reporting some suspicious bones they found on the beach near Dutch, the description sounded much like that you discovered yourself a couple of years back.



This time they had an expert take a look. Turned out it was the vertebrae of a seal.

Nothing to do with aliens or KFC buckets. I was a little bit disappointed.

Not as disappointed as the guy that RENTED out that now wrecked Porsche to Li-Lo. What do you suppose that collision damage waiver insurance totalled up to once she produced her drivers licence as ID? The latest is she's saying the cars newly fitted brakes failed. More likely her electronic ankle tag got caught up on the diamond studded collar of the chihuahua running loose around her 6 inch platform sandals.

And to think some people pointed the finger at HERBIE for being FULLY LOADED.

Air conditioning is not going to be required for the foreseeable over here. Apparently that moist Atlantic jet stream that should float over the top of Scotland at this time of year has dipped south and will sit over the southern half of the UK well into July. What that means is that June is planning on going head to head with April in taking home the Soggiest Month Ever Trophy.

The west Wales coast took 5 inches of rain in 24 hours on Friday into Saturday, bringing flash floods as the hills squeezed out the excess into the already sodden valleys. Rivers that had seen no major flooding in over 100 years lifted up caravans in holiday parks and floated them across fields. A thousand people were evacuated, including the inland lifeboat rescue team who launched their inflatable and almost immediately got washed away by the force of the water. Another area in Wales is, as I type, evacuating 600 people from a new flood threat caused by a breach in a reservoir.

It's why Wales has such an appropriate national emblem – a leek.

So, Joseph. Are you sure you have ALL the appropriate supplies for upcoming summertime business matters? The fishy folk, the scientific souls and the defenders of Dutch won't be too fussy, so long as you have coffee and pastries.

But Warrior Princesses simply can't cope without their organic Edamame bean salad with cilantro and soy glazed almond dressing you know...
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1. DHaupt
7:58 AM GMT on June 10, 2012
To celebrate the arrival of summer in Dutch Harbor, we dined on Wild Caught Alaskan King Salmon for our dinner tonight. Raley's had it for $17.99/lbs. It's the first that I've seen in our local market. Normally we only get Sockeye which is still pretty good and half the price. I figure that there must have been a box or two that got rejected by the Japanese fish buyers so it got sold to us.

Summer is just arrived here too. We got up to about 80F today, supposed to get up to 90F and even 95F early this coming week. But more cool weather after that. It doesn't usually get really hot here until July. August through Mid-October, I don't want to think about it yet. At least we've got a new AC this year and solar power.

Now that the long sunny days have arrived, the solar system is really performing. Each day we knock another 13-15 kwH off the PG&E meter. PG&E installed this meter in January; it read 0 kwH. By mid-April it had slowly wound its way up to 629 kwH. When I checked it this evening it was back down to 203 kwH. We should be back to 0 by the end of June. As things stand now, PG&E owes me money! The profits will slow down if I have to run the AC during the hottest weather, but we should still see some decline.

Enough about all that. Gorgeous batch of photos.

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