can crusher

Our can crusher only cost us $80,000 when new. Shoulda bought two. Because we have lots of cans to crush…paint cans…beer cans.

Crush 'em

Crush ’em

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Kodiak fun

We enjoyed our time off during the recent Kodiak hydrotesting project.

Fish get-together, American River

Salmon get-together, American River

We fished a couple rivers in Kodiak. More something to do, as opposed to keeping whatcha caught. I caught a few Humpies and Dollies at Olds River on my new 6 weight Spey rod. So it is officially broke in now.

Travis, the test engineer, and I went to American River one night, and he dragged in a couple Humpies. Then I latched onto a Dog Salmon (Chum) and fought him for a bit. But I gave slack in the line so he could flip the hook outa his mouth. Chums are fun fightin salmon when in, or close to, the salt. But definitely not keepers.

When I’m working on out of town projects, I enjoy going fishing by myself once the workday is over. It is the perfect way to unwind and clear the mind of the day’s stresses. And unclutter the mind for planning the next day’s doings. Going with someone you work with everyday doesn’t allow the mind clearing exercise – unlike going fishing with a buddy or solo.

Ricky, a local working at the Coast Guard base, took Travis and I on his boat looking for deer (bucks only) on opening day. And opening day was sunny and hot. “The weather was perfect for a boat ride” is the answer to the question “how many Blacktails did we shoot?” Ricky took us from Anton Larsen Bay following the shore to head of Kizhuyak Bay to Port Lions. Then around Whale Island, via Whale Passage, the Slough and Afognak Strait. We did see a few does on our cruise of the island, no bucks. Very fun boat ride.

Looking for a place to hit the beach and walk in the woods

Looking for a place to hit the beach and walk in the woods

Safe deer. Buck season only.

Safe deer. Buck season only.

Legend says this's Islam's 2nd Holiest shrine. Sharatin Bay

Legend says this’s Islam’s 2nd Holiest shrine. Sharatin Bay

Whale Passage. Kodiak Island on the left, Whale Island on the right. Raspberry Island straight ahead.

Whale Passage. Kodiak Island on the left, Whale Island on the right. Raspberry Island straight ahead.

Afognak Strait. Afognak Is. right foreground, Raspberry Is. right background, Kodiak Is. straight, Whale Is. immediate left

Afognak Strait. Afognak Is. right foreground, Raspberry Is. right background, Kodiak Is. straight, Whale Is. immediate left

The water was calm, but the tide started to rip thru the passage and strait. I felt comfortable cruising on Ricky’s boat, as his Sampson Tug & Barge experience showed.

Whale Island from Afognak Strait

Whale Island from Afognak Strait

The black squiggly line is our deer hunt voyage

The black squiggly line is our deer hunt voyage

Travis fighting a fanatical Humpy at American River

Travis fighting a fanatical Humpy at American River

Olds River valley

Olds River valley

Kodiak. Two weeks of sunshine. Unbelievable.

Kodiak. Two weeks of beautiful sunshine. Unbelievable.

Momma & fawns. No bucks here

Momma & fawns. No bucks here

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our Current bush is producing

Not electricity, but producing Current Berries. And production is measured in gallons.

Last week Salmonberries. This week Current Berries. Bliss is living here in Alaska.

I didn’t take a photo of the Martoonis we drank at Simon & Seaforts on my ex-girlfriend’s birthday tho.

Bowls were easy to fill with Current Berries

Bowls were easy to fill with Current Berries

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important day

Our youngest daughter just turned 15. Our kids are only young once. Best give ’em good memories.

Birthday girl in the middle seat

Birthday girl in the middle seat

Lots of teenage friends at our house for her birthday party. Lots of tubing with lots of squealing. Then lots of girls slept the night in sleeping bags on the trampoline.

Goin all daredevil

Goin all daredevil

Livin on the edge

Livin on the edge

Boat loads of teenagers

Boat loads of teenagers

Sagging trampoline

Sagging trampoline

Six teenage girls slept outside on our trampoline

Six teenage girls slept outside on our trampoline

And more tubing the next day

And more tubing the next day

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5 year hydrotest – Kodiak

We completed the hydrotesting of JP-5 and Diesel pipelines and piping on Kodiak Coast Guard base this week. This’s the second time Winsor Construction and Enterprise Engineering have performed the 5 year hydrostatic, or pressure, test at US Coast Guard Station Kodiak. Last test was in…you guessed it…2010.

Kodiak is a fun place to work

Kodiak is a fun place to work

Another good project where we work for Enterprise Engineering as a subcontractor. With another good Enterprise on-site test engineer, Travis, easy to work with and work for.

Enterprise wrote an IMP (Integrity Management Plan) for all POL systems on the base. The Integrity Management Plan details the layout of all piping systems into segments, the distances and capacities, which valves to test against, how often to pressure test and the test pressure, and which regulations or jurisdiction each segment falls under  – USCG, ADEC, API, etc. The IMP makes planning for these hydrotests much easier than without an IMP (written test plan). I have to write it once more, IMP. Ahhh, I feel better now. And again…IMP.

Over the two weeks on island, we tested 11 piping segments. The segments comprised about 17,000 feet and 31,000 gallons of JP-5 or Diesel. Kodiak Coast Guard station is a relatively small, or compact, base. The piping to the old Navy cut & cover tanks would double piping lengths, but tanks and piping were abandoned when the Navy pulled out and converted the area to a Coast Guard station.

A couple of the piping segments were tested twice due to temperature and pressures not correlating properly. The weather was very un-Kodiak like during the daytime (it was hot n sunny), so segments with aboveground piping were tested late at night into the wee hours when temperatures stabilized somewhat.

At the end of the project, another local working on Kodiak base drove our pickup onto the ferry. Then I flew down to Homer, drove the truck off the boat when it arrived thirteen hours later, and drove it back to Eagle River. And he left a mason jar of homemade (home distilled?) whiskey in the cab. I only “sampled”, I didn’t “drink”. It was a beautiful sunny day on the drive home.

Test gear set up in one of the pump houses

Test gear set up in one of the pump houses

JP-5 fuel hydrant pit all blinded off during pressure testing

JP-5 fuel hydrant pit all blinded off during pressure testing

Not sure how a fishing photo got into my serious work pics. Travis with a Kodiak Steelhead (AKA Humpy)

Not sure how a fishing photo got into my serious work pics. Travis with a Kodiak Steelhead (AKA Humpy)

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Kodiak is Salmonberry heaven

My last dinner in Kodiak was Salmonberries and Martoonis. Perfect pairing.

Handfuls of Salmonberries on the trail

Handfuls of Salmonberries on the trail

Then sips of Martooni later in the bar

Then sips of Martooni later in the bar

The Salmonberries on Kodiak Island are plump and abundant. I pick as many as I can eat and carry when I go for my drives around the island. My favorite picking spots are along the road to Chiniak fishing holes.

I know my ex-girlfriend wants to fly over just to pick Salmonberries and Blueberries. This’d be her Nirvana.

Obese Salmonberry

Obese Salmonberry

Ten minutes (or so) of picking

Ten minutes (or so) of picking

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on the journey to Kodiak

We’re on the way to Kodiak for another hydrotest project with Enterprise Engineering.

Fortunately the drive passes thru Homer. And just in time for Happy Hour at the Salty Dawg Saloon. Scratch that, every hour is happy at the Salty Dawg.

A beautiful horse property overlooking Homer Spit

A beautiful horse property overlooking Homer Spit

View of Homer Spit from the horse property

View of Homer Spit from the horse property

A round of Halibut Fish n Chips before a few rounds of beers

A round of Halibut Fish n Chips before a few rounds of beers

Gitch yer Salty Dawg hoodie

Gitch yer Salty Dawg hoodie

After a few beers, time to wobble along the Spit

After a few beers, time to wobble along the Spit

This is the definition of a Godforsaken island. On the ferry boat Kennicott, somewhere betwixt Homer and Kodiak.

This is the definition of a Godforsaken island. On the ferry boat Kennicott, somewhere betwixt Homer and Kodiak.

Pulling into Kodiak after the travelling thru the calmest seas ever seen in recorded history

Pulling into Kodiak after the travelling thru the calmest seas ever seen in recorded history

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