I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 1:30 PM GMT on June 12, 2013
I know, I know. Nothing about Dutch Harbor. BORING.
I am very aware the blog is in jeopardy. It is more up to you than me. I am motivated by comments. Not a lotta comments means not a lotta blog motivation. I am up if you are. But it is clear to me that ALL of you are reading here because you are interested in DUTCH or ALASKA.
Not a lot of interest in golf course pictures...
But I can only write about what I am doing.
Many of you have been kind enough to indicate you will follow me to the next chapter. Wherever. I will do my best, but the next chapter may take a while to open.
Meanwhile, not a lot of change here. OK, maybe the temps. It has finally hit here, 90 degrees and humid. After 15 years in Arid-Zona and 20 plus years in Kentucky, I am no longer loving that heat.
Getting older may be part of it. But it has been mild here until just recently. It makes a big difference.
It was a bright sunny day today, with the SUPER HEAT. Not my favorite golf day, after the last few days have been overcast and NICE. But I needed to get out and PLAY today. My putting still sucks, and I want to work on it. So I left early in search for new golf courses. So I headed northeast out of town on I-71 toward Cincinnati. I turned on the GPS and searched for new venues.
Well within an hour I saw new names popping up. You know how I like the back roads... Well Kentucky has a LOT of them. It is a maze. In fields of maize. Roads that pop out in the sun after leading me through a TUNNEL of trees for the last couple miles. DARK at 3 PM. The Kentucky foliage is currently maxed out right now. Can you say THICKET?
I went by 3 courses, and they were all full. One was a resort course in downtown OWENTON, KY.
A huge hotel and golf course in the rural Kentucky Hills that I had never heard of. It was packed, with all those vactioners. I moved on. Eventually I ended up in Carrollton, Kentucky. Hard on The Ohio River. A course I should have played sometime in the last 35 years. But it just never happened.
I did not expect much when I drove up, but what I could see looked good. And most importantly, nobody around. (Compared with the crowds I just saw over the last hour...)
RIDING 18 holes for $23.75? SOLD.
The course was only 9 holes, which I played twice. But half of them were pretty decent. Severe up and down shots, extremely narrow landing areas. LOVED IT! My game was still a disappointment. Several GREAT shots. Several very bad ones. Still had fun, and put another notch in my belt with #53 in the state of Kentucky.
I returned to Louisville via Rt 42, which used to be th old route to Cincinnnati and further north. Before the interstate I-71 came through. Nice Ohio River views. Congestion. Hard to believe we drove 100 miles of it to Cincinnati as a family, then going further north to Cleveland, Ohio. JoeKentucky showed me how to cruise the big time...
I have been in touch with Dutch, a little. It has been very slow, but that first wave of big boats hits Unalaska at any minute. And “B” Season commences. My opinion is that this summer it will be not quite as busy as last year, since the Shell boats will not be around. But Kulluk and the whole gang will return in 2014. And Conoco-Phillips will supposedly also attend. Could be a huge year next year.
I got a note from Dutch saying they are having the contest again for the photo to be featured on the official Dutch Harbor Visitors Guide. After knowing what photos I entered last time and seeing what photo was chosen as a winner, I am not sure what to send in. But I will give them a couple options.
Could be the final legacy for joealaska.
Kinda quiet on the book sales right now. Perhaps I have spiked.
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