Personal Record Coho Salmon for 2012 Season

 Posted by on September 30, 2012 at 6:20 am  Outdoors  No Responses »
Sep 302012
 
Ten pound coho salmon from Olympic Penisula

Ten pound coho salmon from Olympic Peninsula

It has been an excellent season fishing for coho salmon on the Olympic Peninsula. On a recent trip, I hooked into a coho that was especially strong and fought well so I knew that it was going to be a big fish.  When I landed it, I immediately knew that this was going to be my personal best coho for this year.

The chunky, hook-nose coho buck with big shoulders weighed in at an even 10 lbs. and was 29″ long and had a girth of 17″! According to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, local Puget Sound coho range from 6-12 lbs and can be up to 31 lbs. Having caught a 10 pounder, I can’t imagine hooking into a 30 pounder!

Coho salmon steaks

Coho salmon steaks

The fish was so thick that I decided to cut the salmon into steaks rather than filleting it like I usually do. Unfortunately, I did not own a big butcher knife or butcher bandsaw so the steak cuts were not perfect. Nevertheless, these steaks will be excellent steamed or grilled.

 

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Double Rainbows Over Bellevue / Seattle

 Posted by on September 28, 2012 at 11:09 pm  Photos  No Responses »
Sep 282012
 
Double rainbow over Bellevue / Seattle WA

Double rainbow over Bellevue / Seattle WA

Seeing a distinct rainbow is always a treat. But seeing a double rainbow is doubly cool.

The double rainbow I saw this morning over Bellevue WA seemed especially bright to me. I later learned that the primary rainbow is the one that has red in the outer arc and violet on the inner aspect. (The lower arc in the photo above is the primary rainbow.) The second arc in a double rainbow, on the other hand, has its color order reversed with red facing the primary rainbow.

 

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Seahawks Defense Sends Packers Packing on MNF

 Posted by on September 25, 2012 at 3:19 am  Sports  No Responses »
Sep 252012
 

Seahawks Packers MNF game 9/24/12

What an amazing game and finish for my first Monday Night Football game last night. I’ve been to many loud Seahawks home games but this one may have been the most sustained volume throughout an entire game.

I was somewhat surprised by how many Packers fans were at the game. In fact, I was surrounded by dozens of yellow cheesehead hats.

In the first half, the Seattle defense was incredible making eight sacks of Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers simply did not have a chance to play his usual passing game. With the Seahawks leading 7-0 at halftime, I thought we were headed for a comfortable victory. The beginning of the second half quickly reminded me that we were playing the Green Bay Packers.

After the first few successful drives by the Packers and the weak offense of the Seahawks in the third quarter, I was very worried that the Seahawks were destined to lose the game. Aaron Rodgers was incredible in making clutch third down passes. And when the Packers took the lead 12-7 with 8 minutes to go, many Seattle fans started leaving. Little did they know what would transpire with seconds to go.

On 4th down with only eight seconds to go, Russell Wilson throws a Hail Mary pass to the end zone. As the ball sails through the air, the crowd is almost completely silent. Then a crowd of Seahawks and Packers swallow the ball and, seconds later, an official raises his hands to signal a touchdown. That’s when the stadium goes berserk! The eruption reminded me of the great Marshawn Lynch run during the Saints game that caused an earthquake in Seattle.

Only when I get home and listen to coverage do I realize the touchdown with zero seconds left was a controversial call. With all the bad calls against the Seahawks during the game, I’ll take the call at the end.

It was probably the most exciting Seahawks game I’ve been to. Let’s see if they can keep us fans excited this entire season. Go Seahawks!

 

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Seattle Mariners Win Series with the Texas Rangers

 Posted by on September 23, 2012 at 7:19 pm  Sports  No Responses »
Sep 232012
 
Mariners versus Rangers baseball game at Safeco Field

Mariners versus Rangers baseball game at Safeco Field

I was at the first game of the Seattle Mariners – Texas Rangers series at Safeco Field a couple of days ago. I came prepared to see the Mariners get trounced by a much more offensively talented team as they usually do. Much to my surprise, not only were the Mariners competitive, but they actually won the game and scored more than a couple of runs. The Mariners subsequently won the short series with the Rangers this weekend.

This season, as in recent years, the Mariners have struggled to score runs. For whatever reasons, the Mariners have been slow to realize that, no matter how good your pitching is, you still need to score runs to win baseball games.

As the season winds down, it’s clear that the Mariners will not make the playoffs but perhaps they can demonstrate that they have the seeds for a brighter season next year.

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Fatty Foods at the Evergreen State Fair

 Posted by on September 10, 2012 at 6:34 am  Food & Cooking, Health  No Responses »
Sep 102012
 
Unhealthy foods at the Evergreen State Fair

Unhealthy foods at the Evergreen State Fair

On my recent trip to the Evergreen State Fair, I was taken aback by how much of the food being sold there was unhealthy and extremely fatty. It’s no surprise that fairs and amusement parks sell a ton of unhealthy foods. Maybe it’s because these are the kinds of foods that people who go to fairs want to eat.

Bacon wrapped hot dog stand

Bacon wrapped hot dog stand

One food vendor was selling bacon wrapped hot dogs! I don’t want to know how much additional fat and calories bacon adds to a hot dog.

I also noticed that most of the people at the fair did not have a healthy body weight. In my unscientific sample of people around me, more than two-thirds of them were either obese or overweight.

Some of the activities at the fair are fun for my kids but I sure don’t want them to eat like some of the unhealthy visitors do.

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Unusual Chickens at the Evergreen State Fair

 Posted by on September 7, 2012 at 6:33 am  Family  No Responses »
Sep 072012
 
Bearded Polish chicken at Evergreen State Fair

Bearded Polish chicken at Evergreen State Fair

One of my favorite things to do at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe WA every year is to check out the displays of farm animals. This year, my daughter and I were astounded by the variety of chickens at the fair. Some of the more unusual chickens were the bearded Polish and frizzle chickens.

Frizzle chicken at the Evergreen State Fair

Frizzle chicken at the Evergreen State Fair

The head of the beard Polish chicken is completely covered by a puff of feathers. No eyes are visible so I am not sure how the chicken sees. The frizzle chicken has really frizzy feather as if the chicken got a special cut and blow dry at the local salon. The frizzle’s feathers are curled rather than flat.

These strange looking chickens were the highlight of our day at the Evergreen State Fair.

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Coho Salmon Fishing on the Olympic Peninsula

 Posted by on September 4, 2012 at 6:59 am  Outdoors  No Responses »
Sep 042012
 
Coho salmon from the Olympic Peninsula

Coho salmon from the Olympic Peninsula

Fishing for coho salmon in a bay in the Olympic Peninsula is one of my most anticipated activities of the year. Coho salmon usually start returning to this Olympic Peninsula river in mid-August. I really enjoy the sight fishing aspect of this fishery.

When I arrived at the bay one day last week, a couple dozen fishermen were already positioned along the banks of the river anxiously waiting for the coho to swim upstream. When the fish swim by it becomes a free-for-all with lines going in every direction. It’s amazing not more people get hooked. And when the fish pass by, everyone calms down again until the next wave of fish.

The first schools of fish are usually the smaller hens followed in a couple of weeks by increasing larger fish especially the bucks. Some of the males can reach double digit pounds. A minimum of 8 or 9 weight fly rods and large arbor reels with strong drags are needed to control and land these fish.

At the end of the day, I was rewarded with my first coho of the 2012 season. That evening, my family enjoyed the first fresh grilled coho of the year. We’re hoping for many more fresh salmon dinners this fall.

 

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A Blue Moon in August

 Posted by on September 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm  Photos  No Responses »
Sep 012012
 
A blue moon over the horizon

A blue moon over the horizon

Yesterday evening I was strolling with my family and some friends in my neighborhood when I was stopped in my tracks by a blue moon. The moon was extremely bright and appeared enormous over the horizon. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a moon this big and bright.

The blue moon is the third full moon in a season with four full moons instead of three. The moon is actually not blue. However, under certain conditions, such as after volcanic eruptions, the moon can appear blue. The saying “once in a blue moon” refers tot he fact that blue moons are rare, only occurring once every 2-3 years. The next blue moon is set for July 2005.

 

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