A few months ago, I reached out to a few friends to see if they'd be interested in a little adventure.
Since the divorce back in June 2016, I have moved to Colorado, bought a new (used) vehicle, and have been focusing on being a bit frugal and getting my finances back in order. For the most part, I've done well with that, and have a cushion again (albeit not as BIG of a cushion as I'd like, but baby steps, right?). Also, during the period from Sept 2012 to June 2016, I'd not really done anything that could be considered a vacation save for our honeymoon in December 2012.
Now don't get me wrong: I recreate quite a bit, living as I do in the beautiful outdoor playground that is Colorado. I'm able to spend three day weekends in the mountains, hiking or fishing. I can take the guns to the range anytime I wish, I went to Blogorado in '16 and '17 and will do so again this year unless something goes terribly awry. I went back home to Indiana in '17 for a week for Christmas.
So back in January, I reached out to a couple pals. Eric is an old friend from back when I was a paramedic in Atlanta, GA. Brian and I used to work on the helicopter when I was a flight paramedic. And Kelly is my friend and hunting partner, got me into the Blogorado Tribe, and a very important part of my life.
"Guys, would y'all be interested in a 4 day Salmon and Halibut fishing trip to Alaska in the end of June?"
The responses were all in the affirmative, ranging from "Sure, sounds like fun" to "Oh, HELL YES!"
A couple months of planning, research, and coordinating has the four of us flying to Anchorage on Saturday, a drive to Soldotna on Sunday, and three guided days of fishing and one day of self-guided fishing this coming week. We'll be going for halibut on the Cook Inlet on Monday, then King Salmon on the Kenai River Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesday we'll either do some sightseeing or borrow the guide service gear and go after Sockeye salmon on our own.
It's surprisingly affordable, too: The guide service we're using has a four day package including lodging for $860/person, plus discounts on rental cars, fish processing, etc. Adding in airfare, licenses, and the assorted and sundry costs, and we're coming in right about $1500/person.
My flight is this Saturday, 23 June, at 0700 from DEN. Fly to Seattle, a short layover, and then to Anchorage. Return to DEN is the 30th.
I just need to get through the next 5 days, then I'm turning on the "Out Of Office" replies on my email, turning off the mail sync to my phone, and checking out for a week.
I can't wait for Friday 5:00 pm to get here....