It seems like every summer, there is always a struggle between finding time from work to live and finding time from living to relax. Summers last only a moments time, and this one was no different. We spent a lot of our time the same way that so many others do, cramming it all in.
We did end up filling the freezer on the Kenai this year, which is a far departure from what we have done in the past. Usually, we will spend a day or two at the beginning of dip-netting season attempting to dip-net from the shore before we get worn out and decide to go from a boat on Kasilof. This year started no differently. After making the attempt to go from a inflatable with a hole in it on Kasilof for about 8 hours, I did manage to put about 20 salmon away. It was a difficult endeavor as we had to land the inflatable every other hour to drain the water out of it. It was good fun, but the goal was to stockpile delicious salmon and unfortunately we weren't getting enough at this pace to last the winter. We were, however, able to hitch a ride with another friend and do something that I had never done before, going by boat on the Kenai. This filled up our quota in only about 6 hours and had an added benefit in that the Kenai reds are much better (and fatter) than the Kasilof ones.
I am reminded every year of one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books when snow first starts to hit the ground and I am forced to slow down and reflect on how productive my summer was. This quote doesn't directly pertain to anything other than to stand as a reminder about how quickly our summers go by.
"Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape; but most of all, summer was Dill." - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird