First of all – there’s only one reason I’m here! My Mum’s been living here for about 6 years after my Step-Dad took a job as an air traffic controller.
I didn’t really know what to expect, there aren’t many people, it’s in the middle of nowhere, the only way in or out is by plane or boat. Seeing my Mum again has been pretty emotional, but the nature of the ‘town’ is so relaxed that it doesn’t matter what time anyone wakes up. It’s been the first time in a very long time that there’s no signal on my phone!
Aside from really feeling the lack of pressure we’ve been doing a few different things in the few days I’ve been here.
There are so many different kinds of animals and birds out here, on the first evening the dogs spied a fox out of the window, which couldn’t have been more than 50 feet from the house, and just wandering between the other buildings
I didn’t get to see any bears (not sure if I’m glad of that, actually), but I saw an Eagle. It gets dark pretty quick though, which makes it difficult to spot the bears, even if they’re actually there.
Cold Bay has a refuge centre too. So me and Mum took a venture up there to talk to one of the girls that works there. I learnt loads about the hunting and fishing rules that apply in the area, the work they do to conserve the numbers of species and actually work out where we are in relation to the active volcano across the bay, Pavlov.
It’s nice to know that there’s the safety of the bay between the town and Pavlov, but they had plenty of pictures of the volcano erupting.
Today has been pretty exciting too. Craig and I went fishing out on the dock which is where I took a few of the photos of the bay and the mountains. There’s something really exciting about catching your own food and although I’ve always been a bit apprehensive about the thought of fishing but it was really enjoyable.
I caught a bunch of seaweed, along with an Irish Lord.
We managed to catch 3 flounder between us, but I actually enjoyed it so much that I ended up staying until I couldn’t anymore, which turned out to be because I lost the lure and hook to a 25lb Halibut! Already I want to go back out and catch more, but perhaps another day. It’s about 1 degree Celcius out here, and with the wind on top of that, as well as being out on the dock it was COLD. Not that I felt it until I came back home and took my winter gear off.
I thought this would be a difficult few days. Turns out that I’m really loving the chilled atmosphere, the freedom to catch fish to eat, the fact that there’s no temptation to pop to the corner shop at 8pm and grab a chocolate bar, or ‘treat yourself’ to a take away. It makes for some really healthy meals, and making them one that you’ve provided for is awesome. We had the fish that we caught for dinner.
I’m still not quite sure how much longer I’ll be here. The weather will only get worse as Winter sets in, and although I love the snow – I don’t love it enough to risk getting stuck out here permanently!