Went to pick more berries this weekend. Initially thought I’d just try to find a few red huckleberries at our cabin island, as I had always just noticed a bush here and there with no concentration. What I learned this weekend was that the berries ARE there, they are just cryptic. Due to their small size, they can be difficult to see – even thought they are red. Once I found one bush, there were more around, and if I bent low and looked under, I could see the berries. Some of the taller ones where just drooping with berries. I guess I picked close to 2 gallons or so.

Fished on the way over and back but caught nothing. Ron caught a coho on the way over, and set 2 crab pots, but had no crab when he checked them this morning. Lots of boats out for Sept. 1, it seemed. I didn’t see anyone land a fish. Rain and a little light wind.

Finally fixed my truck after struggling for a week. Changed out the master cylinder, proportioning valve, and rear brakes (which needed changing) and finally thought it was the power booster, which I’d changed less than 2 years ago. Then I thought to check the vacuum pump, and that was it. No suction. Of course, the part comes without the pulley, no one in town had a pulley, and my mechanic did not have the correct puller. I found a puller and pulley setter – separate tools, of course, and $30 each – replaced the pulley, and the brakes finally worked. What a load off my mind. It had me thinking day and night what the problem could be, and glad that’s over.


Mark Stopha
Alaska Wild Salmon Company
4455 N. Douglas Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801
www.GoodSalmon.com