Dinner. (Photo LLL)
So Much Depends On A Little Red Boat -
Freshly painted; the skeg that the bear chewed off, replaced; ready for crab pot retrieval, rowing with seals and picnic outings to the waterfall.
I would say that Easter is not Dean’s favorite holiday. No, that would be Thanksgiving, when I leave the oven light on and he watches the turkey cook like it is Masterpiece Theater. (Photo by RML)
Click the play to hear the soundtrack.This may not coordinate music and photo on your mobile device, but works on a big computer…
There was a loud smack that made us look up from trying to catch the crab pot buoy. A sea lion, quite close to the boat, leaping and twisting out of the water. If a sea lion -even a smaller female like the one we saw, at around 7 feet long and 600 lbs- looks frantic, it behooves the observer to check the horizon. Sure enough, a rumble of breath and a a sharp black fin, no two, three, four fins cruised past us up the fjord, eyes up above the water line, checking us out. Killer whales. The sea lion stuck close to the boat until the whales had passed. Around here, if you want a chance to experience something amazing all you have to do is get your butt outside!
Spring on the water. Sure feels good to get out, even if it is a bit cold still. Although, who am I kidding, this is Alaska, there is no guarantee that the summer will be any warmer. Southeast Alaska, where it can hit 40 degrees on any day of the year.
A fantastic visit from my college roommate and her family. These guys look like they’ve been driving boats their whole lives! Can’t wait for the next visit.
The surf scoters are massed by the hundreds along the fjord. They stretch out into a line and then dive down starting from one end of the line until the last few disappear. The water is calm for a moment. No birds anywhere. Then they all come boiling upward in group before choreographing the entire scene again. I wish I could watch them flying and feeding underwater. It would require a dry suit and perhaps a larger measure of bravery than what I was allotted. (photo RML).
At four we find her fierce, loving, independent, courageous and loyal. She brings sunshine into the room with her.
Thursday night is my book release party at the library! My short story, “The Boto’s Child” was included in an anthology, Among Animals, published by Ashland Creek Press this year and available at Amazon, or, if you are lucky, at your neighborhood bookstore. (For my local readers, you will find it at The Babbling Book and available for loan at the library.)
"The Boto’s Child" is also available as a standalone e-book which you can download to your favorite reader for a whopping 99 cents. Follow this link to Smashwords to download your copy, if that is your preference.
As for the party… There will be bocaditos (snacks) and a short reading. The book will be available for sale, thanks to the Babbling Book, and 10% of all sales made there will go to support the library. Kids are welcome. (There will be a showing of the movie Matilda right after the party as part of library week.)
Come to listen a little, eat a little, mingle a little, have a little fun, and to support me, the library, and the bookstore.
(The picture above of piranha soup comes from my time in Brazil where the story is set.)