I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 6:31 AM GMT on August 03, 2012
The weather has been pretty nice here lately. Sure, we get a bit of rain once and awhile, but there are many awesome days. Calm and sunny. Birds everywhere, ground squirrels running in front of your car, eagles dominating, foxes absent- high in the hills happily unhungry.
There was a storm front that moved through yesterday midday. I saw growing clouds over the Bering Sea heading our way. They were preceded by 54 mph gusts at my location, but after an hour it was calm again.
Tuesday night I took a drive. Off work at 6 PM. I headed out to OSI Dock. We are selling to many of the Shell vessels, and it appears they are headed north at any moment. But even the boats I talk to
say the plans are constantly changing. Likely they will be leaving within 4 or 5 days.
It is AUGUST! Once they get up there the ice can start re-forming at any minute. At the least, it can start in a few weeks. A very short, and very expensive, window of time. It will be an interesting final chapter of the story.
KULLUK has been back at her custom dock at OSI for a few weeks, and I have not been out there since. Pretty rare. So I took a ride a couple nights ago.
Got some pictures of the new blue paint and the surrounding boats.
Then I headed up Mt.Ballyhoo. I went to my favorite spot near the far northern tip of Amaknak Island. Next stop Russia. On top of the cliffs. Instead of going to the bunker, I veered left and headed toward the SPINE OF DEADLY PROBABLE POSSIBILITIES. It is a ridge of rock that sticks straight out from the sheer cliffs above the Bering Sea. It extends about fifty feet further out than the rest of the land, is about 4 feet wide with a rounded top. The drop off left and right is extreme. A primitive path leads out to the end. There is a round area to sit or stand, maybe 5 feet in diameter. Further out, and a few feet down is one last spot to sit and relax as you try to stop shaking uncontrollably. All I could do is get within a foot or two of the first rest spot. It was pretty narrow where I stopped. Only scary when I thought about it. It is all in the head.
The path leading out indicated there were many people who felt brave enough to do so. Even I had gone out once before a couple years ago. I am fascinated yet scared of heights.
So I took some film and pictures from one of the most dramatic points on the island.
I wrote a long blog last night about what is going on with my crew at the warehouse. But I deleted it all as it sounded pretty negative. We are in house cleaning mode right now. A good thing. People are let go, quitting, and being hired. It is a rebuilding of our core employees. Very interesting stuff, but will only appear in BOOK #2.
Book #1 is very close to publish time.
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