And here we go…………..
The mad rush that is spring, truly took new form these past several weeks. With a never-ending to-do list here on the farm, preparing Micah to head north for the fishing season, and a more erratic weather pattern than a normal Colorado spring (if you can believe it), its been eventful to say the least- more on farmstead developments later….
Tomorrow is the first opener for the 2013 Copper River Season. Micah arrived in Cordova today after a five day journey north from Bellingham, WA to Cordova, AK on his brother Ashton’s new boat the Entanglement. He splashed his boat, the Midnight Express, and is headed out shortly.
This is the first year of 6, that I won’t be fishing. I can’t help but feel a little pang thinking about the excitement and anticipation as the town of Cordova prepares for the first opener. I am thinking about loading stinky nets with bits of entangled seaweed onto the real from the docks, and the smell of low tide. The chaos of a dozen boats on trailers trying to splash from one ramp on the high tide, the fish stories circulating on the docks, engine talk (well, I won’t really miss that), stocking the boat, checking the safety gear, and catching up with old friends. Untying the boat and leaving the safety of the harbor for the first time of the year always made me feel so adventurous. We would rush out amidst the fleet, risking skinny water and the shifting channels of the delta, high on anticipation and wonder.
Then it would be 60 knot winds and 18 foot seas. Raining sideways, and 40 degrees. And I would wonder what the hell I was thinking. Again.🙂
Best to go fishing a little later in the summer.
While I have missed my routine spring migration north, I have a new adventure here. A shift in migration toward planting roots and creating a new space and home. And spring has sprung. A piece of me has gone up with Micah, just as a pice of him has stayed here, as we learn to fish and farm at the same time in the same hemisphere:)
Onward! Cheers to enjoying accomplishments as well as our plans!