I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 4:12 AM GMT on October 07, 2012
I keep hearing we are slowing down, just do not see that actually happening. Many of the big fishing boats are gone, but NOAA, the Coast Guard, and Shell are all picking up the slack.
This weekend we only got a cuppla containers. And the vessel was pretty much on time for a change. But 5 boats arrived in town and they were all hungry. What looked like an easy Friday was actually another busy day. Around 7 PM we were actually walking out the door and the phone rang. I knew who it was before I answered. One of our customers waits until the last minute, places a nice order, and needs it soon.
Good thing there was no Shell tug taking multiple orders north this week.
So we stuck around and filled another order, getting out around 9 PM. One of our new guys stayed as a delivery was scheduled for 10 PM. 19 pallets of food. It would be a long night. There were deliveries at 1 AM, 2 AM, and 6 AM. The driver who did the 2 AM delivery was at work at 7 AM.
I anticipate a big weekend coming up. A Shell tug will be here taking food northbound. to any and (most likely) ALL boats. We sent food up 2 weeks ago and it has still not been delivered. Weather and other issues. We stay up late to unload the fresh produce, then pull the order for an 8 AM delivery. Now I hear it is still not there. What is the point? Yet we will do it all again in a few days.
Foggy here tonight. Raining almost every day. Windy at night. Not really light until 9 AM now. It is dark at 8:30 PM or so. It was in the upper 40's today, but feels colder. We still get the occasional great day, but it changes quickly. I tried to take off this past Tuesday and the weather looked awesome, bright and sunny early. But I was stuck on the phone a lot and was unable to get out for a ride. Later in the day it turned dark and cloudy.
A week from tomorrow I am outta here. Many plans, but I am flexible if anything causes a change.
Weather in Nevada is shaky. Just ask the STOLPAS.
I plan on documenting the trip more than ever via camera.
UK has seen more of the runway construction than me. I will take a ride over there and see what is happening. The northern side of Ballyhoo is EROSION CITY, the whole mountain is dirt and sod falling into The Bering Sea. Obviously it is a victim to the winds from the north and west. That side is only visible from boat or plane. The other side, visible to all of us here, is nice and rounded with thick vegetation. In the big scheme, I would guess the days of Mt. Ballyhoo are numbered.
When we were unloading a truck this weekend the driver for some reason pulled away too soon. A big double pallet of produce fell to the ground. Cantaloupe were scurrying away in all directions. One melon made it about 60 feet away before re-capture.
As if on cue, it is now pouring outside.
And Dutchie wants out.
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