Spent all day on a boat ride to the Ooguruk (sp?) drill pad. Like Northstar, it’s a tiny man-made island you can walk across in less than 5 minutes. The trip was about 2.5 hours each way, much of it through the fog. We went there to jump on a small boat to do sounding surveys for a company that is testing to see how far the sound from area boat traffic will travel so as to protect the marine mammals in the area. Saw the first marine mammals here of any kind – some seals – and many rafts of ducks, which I thought were eiders.

We ate lunch at Ooguruk. What a spread. In this tiny camp, there was good grub. Philly cheese steaks for lunch. And too many sweets. A Dreyers Ice Cream machine, cookies galore, donuts, and even banana nut bread. I thought we were in the middle of nowhere, but no – Ooguruk…that’s the middle of nowhere.

As per most camps here, friendly folks who seemed to enjoy seeing some new faces.

Mark Stopha and Sara Hannan
Alaska Wild Salmon Company
Wild Salmon and Salmon Pet Treats
4455 N. Douglas Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801

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