THE BUSH LIFE

THE BUSH LIFE
My tent cabin on the Kvechak River

The Bush Life

The Bush Life
My old buddy "KAYAK"

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Reality has struck, I can't fight it

 Hi everyone, sorry for taking so long in posting.  I have been spending a lot of time looking at states and property to relocate to and it has taken up a lot of my time. I never thought it could be so time consuming and a bit tiring. It also has been a bit depressing. There was a time in my younger days it wouldn't have bothered me so much. I will say, it has taught me a very valuable lesson about myself. You can take the person out of Alaska but, you can't take Alaska out of the person as the saying goes.

  I have decided NOT to leave Alaska. This is my home and always will be. I don't know what I was thinking, that I could just up and leave to go somewhere that is scarier than coming face to face with a bear without protection, LOL. I have to much history and fond memories here. Not to mention a very good life. I will change a few things. I will work on both places without complaining and start traveling more around the state. I am presently looking at buying some more property close to where the Salmon are and use it as a subsistence fish camp.

  Another thing that influenced my decision is, I broke out some actual photos, that I have taken over the years and brought back a lot of memories and I don't mind saying, it got me kinda misty eyed. I miss those days so much. I had way more fun back then, especially my remote lodge caretaking days. I had met some really great people and rubbed elbows with some very wealthy ones but, you wouldn't know it. They didn't advertise the fact that they were wealthy. Funny thing is, some of them were more impressed with my lifestyle than theirs.

  The thing is, this has been an awakening for me and now know for sure, my life is good. Plus, I'm very happy that many of you stuck by me and keep commenting and given me good advice and soothing advice. There has been a few times, I felt like ending this blog and even getting rid of this computer. Not so much now, or at least for the moment, you how I change my mind a lot, LOL.

  Anyway, I think you will like the new change in me, no more drama, depression, disappointment, etc. It's raining like hell today and has been for quite awhile. Haven't been getting much done. By the way, I am redoing my kitchen area again {what's new?}. So, when it's finished I will post the pictures. There will be a lot of changes before the snow flies.

  As far as finding a companion and partner, it's still on my mind, I figure if it happens it happens. I may do a post looking for her and see if it works. I know a gal who did one on her blog and it worked out good for her, so far. I have a few random photos, nothing special but, will do for the time being.

This pic was taken about 20 years ago in the mountains on the Alaska Peninsula. Yep, that's me in the middle
 
This was taken about 7 or 8 years ago on Lake Clark. Taking some gals for a ride. Sometimes, I think I was born with white hair,LOL

A couple of cloud photos, I love clouds. Each one is very unique.



I'm back to cooking more and cooking from scratch. Trying my hand at real Chinese, it's not as pretty as in the restaurants but, tasty.
  


The temperature got kinda cool a couple of mornings ago which ended my garden.

You know it's Fall when you see this sight.



Bought this KeroSun heater at a garage sale for $20 and it works great this time of the year to take the morning chill and dampness off.

I forgot, one more dish, I made this concoction of fried potatoes, onions and Parmesan cheese.

Well, that pretty much covers the news for right now. Hopefully, I have put some brightness in your day as well as mine. Take care

36 comments:

M. Silvius said...

Hi John, some times it is best to stay with what you know. It can be a scary place out there even for those of us used to it. No reason though you can't try a bit of something different once in a while. A bit of vacationing to some more urban areas even withing Alaska just to get you out and about and increase your chances of a strike is not a bad thing either. Kinda like fishing. If one eddy does not give you a hit , then you try another spot on the river. Get out for a visit with other folks and eventually you may find the right match. Might not be a full time deal, kinda together but not scrambled. You visit and share some time together but you also have the space to to your own thing. Love the photo of the 185 on the beach.
Good luck, Michael in Maine

John said...

Hi Michael, it is pretty plane. Thanks for the advice. I don't know about traveling outside anytime soon but, hey, you never know.

Rick said...

John, Glad you decided to stay in Alaska. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your pictures. A change like you were talking would be really big. I'm like you in that I would love to give Alaska a try but my roots are here and I know they always will be. Maybe a vacation to Alaska will be in the cards though. Good luck to you.

John said...

Thanks Rick, yes, roots are strong. I hope you do make it to Alaska some day.

Debbie Schreib said...

great photos as usual, John! altho I am not sure I like that big furry neighbor much. haha!! also as usual your dinners make me hungry. :) nothing wrong with hashing out thoughts and ideas, but I am glad you are keeping your blog! looking forward to seeing the kitchen. I love changing things around sometimes, too.

John said...

Hi Debbie, thanks. There are lots more to come. Glad you stuck in there.

KC said...
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Debbie Schreib said...

oh I'd never leave. I'll nag you til the ends of earth if I don't see you posting regularly. :)

John said...

LOL, THANKS FOR THE SMILE DEBBIE

Laura Dinkins said...

As always your photos are stunning. Wherever life takes you be happy. It goes by way too fast.

John said...

Hi Laura, thanks. Nice to see you checking in on me.

simplyfree said...

Hi John,
John your supper looks wonderful with all the colors. I love how you can through things together and make a great supper. Thank you for all the great photos. Even your neighbor is cute..lol. Mind you I wouldn't get to friendly with him...lol. Sounds like you love Alaska way to much to move. I would love to see your finished kitchen too. Looking forward to more blogging.
Carol

John said...

Thanks Carol, I like bears but, glad they don't come around often. The kitchen will look great. More meals to come

David said...

Glad to hear youve come to a decision. If you dont mind me asking have you always been in alaska? Have you seen much of the world? Its always interesting to know where people are from orignally. I was from rockford Ill. til a divorce brought me to Nebraska as a little kid. What about you? Thanks

John said...

Yes, I have always been here, as a young man, I did travel to many countries, compliments of the military. I would assume divorce has a way of changing peoples lives.

Penny said...

John, this reminds me of a song that in some ways I really relate to, "Baby the Rain Must Fall." Do you remember it? "Some men climb a mountain, some men swim the sea,some men fly above the sky, they are what they must be...the must fall, the wind must blow...where ever my heart leads me, I must go." Hope it's not too corny to say, but I love reading how you seem to always be following your heart, even through the rough patches or the boring (maybe lonesome?)streaks or the confusing, unsettled feelings. So encouraging to hear your gratitude for the way your life is and has been and where you are at this
moment. I'm glad you haven't given up the blog! I think you have a far-reaching influence with it.

John said...

Hi Penny, really nice to hear from you. I like that, really sweet. It kinda sets me at ease. Thank you

CottonLady said...

Hi John! So glad you decided where you are probably the most happy. The decisions can be difficult, but you are wise enough to listen to your heart. I do think the lower 48 might be just a tad too populated to suit you.

Your meals look delicious! Can't wait to see your renovated kitchen! I really enjoy all your pictures, too. Always glad to see what is going on with you!

Take care...blessings!

John said...

Thanks cotton, I'm glad I figured it out before I got myself in trouble. It actually got a bit scary.

Debbie Schreib said...

and like I wouldn't nag about not having a new post this week. LOL what is up? don't make me come up there.

Anonymous said...

Hey John! Glad you decided to keep things going! We all go thru periods of doubt and questioning things, you just need to trust in the Good Lord to keep leading you. I think I speak for all your "followers" when I say we're proud of you and your accomplishments. So glad you're finding some contentedness and THANKS for posting! Keep trucking my friend! -Dave in PA

John said...

Thanks Dave, sometimes you just have to go to extremes, to figure out what's right to do. Thanks for the kind words.

John said...

LOL, Debbie, you sure are a trip. I just might stop posting to see you make that trip, lol

John said...

Hi KC,you're comment got deleted by mistake, will try to restore it.

Anonymous said...

Hiya john.. well as tha ole say n goes " sometimes we don't know if we need ta chit or wind our watch" lol I think as we get older its just a time we get unsure of our lives and think we need to change things.But when the dust settles we find "Home" is where our hearts are... sweet n simple...glad you made the decision to stay don't think you would be happy anywhere else.You just keep being positive and just get out and visit more... seclusion has its perks but we all need friends in our lives... take care of yourself my friend .... Bert from Bama

John said...

Thanks Bert, always good to hear from you. The dust has settled and am very happy with my decision. You're right about getting older, the mind gets a bit cloudy with age.

KC said...

Hi! John, don't worry about it! It was one of those senior moments where I was rambling on and thought a while later, this needs to go! Lol.....! Enjoyed your post and the new Picts! Thanks so much, it's a pleasure to read your blog. KC

John said...

Thanks KC, trying to do the Internat on my phone is a pain,my thumb is too big, lol

Linda said...

Lovely series of photos. I think it is a good thing that you are staying where you are happy.

John said...

Thanks Linda, I think I made the right decision also. Glad you're checking in

Anonymous said...

Hiya John just checking in on ya..Fall has arrived here and its so nice.Beautiful leafs and like the temps.How is it up your way?How soon will the snow oome? In the south we have tornados up until late December and then again in April.Its definitely scary to experience them.Well put on a pot of that scrumptious stew you make and send me some UPS ...I will be on the porch waiting for it...lol ...take care of yourself my friend..Bert from Bama

John said...

Hi Bert, Fall is definitely here, the temps are falling. I'm sure glad we don't have tornadoes. Although, our earthquakes can shake ya up, lol. The soup, very soon. Don't be surprised if a brown truck pulls up front, lol

Debbie Schreib said...

hi again John! how's things? I didn't see a new post, started walking up your way. but then I saw you checking in, and well...I got tired. haha! I'm also curious as to when you get first snow. I've had many years that snow has fallen on my Oct. pumpkins. lately the weather seems so fickle that who knows what will happen on any given day. hope all is well with you. how's that kitchen redo coming? take care! Debi :o)

John said...

Hi Debbie, darn! I should not have made that reply, then I would of had company, lol. Your in luck, it's reported, tomorrow will be the first snow. I haven't posted because, I have so much going on, I want to get it in one good post. The kitchen is going good. Hang in there kiddo 80)

KC said...

Hi! I hope you are coming along with your projects! It always can be hectic when the weather changes and you want to get things done! The second blood moon total eclipse is happening in the next few hours, hope the clouds vanish here, perhaps you will have a chance to observe it. Take care, KC

John said...

Hi KC, I am very busy trying to get my projects done. I am getting close. I hope to see the blood moon also. Thanks for stopping in