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Rather than drag him along by his leash, which I was sorely tempted to do after kitty decided to do his best "bear-bait" plaintive mew, I offered him my backpack which, to my surprise he gladly accepted as a viable perch.   Rashah McChesney
Rashah McChesney
Rather than drag him along by his leash, which I was sorely tempted to do after kitty decided to do his best "bear-bait" plaintive mew, I offered him my backpack which, to my surprise he gladly accepted as a viable perch.

Hi there,

I’m Rashah McChesney, the newest (but not for long) reporter at the Peninsula Clarion.  I’ve been hearing the name Cheechako since my first day in Alaska, which was May 12, 2012 for those of you keeping track.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, it’s  Alaskan for n00b.  I’m essentially fish bait until I make it through my first winter although to hear some around here tell it I’ll never be an Alaskan.  I can’t really fault them for it though, as a native Texan I’m usually the first to point out when someone can’t hang in the Lone Star State (read: anyone not born there). 

I’ve spent my first month and a half or so hiking on the weekends and on my weekdays diving into fishing issues or covering local festivals, parades and really anything else that catches my eye.  

Here you’ll find updates on my trials and tribulations learning how to live in a state where people still use honey buckets and outhouses and live far more in tandem with the food chain than I’ve ever experienced.

 

A few notes to start with:

 

-I was told there would be no spiders here.  This was a lie. There are spiders everywhere. Thanks a lot Alaska.  

-Yes, I’ll take last season’s salmon from you. Someone’s got to eat it and I’ve developed an insatiable taste for the stuff.

-I’d love to know where you think the best hiking is.  Thus far I’ve seen Skilak Lake from several angles and made it out to the Skyline trail.  Where do you recommend?

-Yes, I know I need XtraTufs, no I haven’t gotten any yet, yes I’ll take yours if you’re getting rid of them or moving out of the state.  I’m a size 9.

-Y’all is the most efficient way to say it. Prove me wrong.

I’ll leave you with a few photos from a recent hike at Skilak.  The cat is mine he goes by Kao.  The other furry one is my roommate Shaylon.

 

So long and thanks for all the fish,

Rashah

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