I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 5:08 AM GMT on December 29, 2012
The Shell boats continue to be in the news.
AIVIQ is towing KULLUK, but is having engine trubba near Kodiak Island. The Coast Guard vessel Alex Haley is on site to assist if needed. Right now they are 48 hours from the nearest land.
I just got a couple emails from Alex Haley and they are due in Dutch January 5th.
Just before the Aiviq had engine problems Kulluk broke free in a last dash for freedom when the tow line snapped in heavy seas. But the connection was re-established.
Meanwhile NOBLE DISCOVERER made it to Seward, but has been held there by the Coast Guard for inspections regarding pollution and safety issues.
We did indeed have a white Christmas. Right now there has been two snow / melt cycles since then.
There are about 6 inches on the ground forming a nice base coat for now until July. I am sure the pass is closed, but may check it out one last time.
Foxless for several days. Too bad as I had a nice buffet set up.
Will post the 2012 final weather numbers after the end of the year.
Fireworks are scheduled for 11:59 PM New Years Eve. It will be dark for 5 hours at that point. What the...? I will be there as usual, filming the flashes of color reflecting off the snow base. Pretty cool.
My new camera is due here at any minute. Canon EOS Rebel T2i. Looks good on paper.
My manuscript will be submitted no later than this weekend. May be done as soon as tonight.
Photos are in the hands of the customer in Ohio. Waiting to hear the final word in a week or so.
2013 seems to be starting out with a quick start.
Quick as falling off a cliff.
Thanks to everyone for the participation and notes.
Happy prosperous and joyous NEW YEAR. LUCKY 13.
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