We went fishing for the first time in Alaska last week. We learned several things – ok, more than several things.
#1 … when walking backwards up the beach in two feet of water, the rocks become especially slippery and might cause one to fall.
#2 … when you are wearing hip waders and fall down in the ocean, ocean water fills the entire boot – all the way up to the top of your legs.
#3 … Alaskan ocean water is cold … no, make that VERY cold.
#4 … Hip waders, when full of water, are very heavy.
#5 … when you sit down in the car to pull off your ocean water filled hip waders, make sure you are hanging off the OUTSIDE of said car – that much Ocean water is difficult to mop out of a car.
#6 … ALWAYS bring a second (or third) change of clothes – even if you are certain that you will NEVER get wet!
#7 … a petite little 12 year old does not fit well into her 6’1″ 220lbs brothers extra pair of sweats that happened to be the only extra pair of pants in the car.
Yes, we had quite the adventure! And then Ian caught his first Alaskan fish! Oh what fun! Ok, so it was a Irish Lord that is known as a junk fish (it doesn’t have any meat on it to eat) – but hey, Ian had fun, so it was all worth it!