My son and I just returned Friday night from Alaska. It was heaven basking in the COOL air remembering what goosebumps feel like.
Being almost nineteen, my son loves an adventure - and he was determined to get me out of my box on this trip.
One of the first things we did was go sport fishing... Alaska style. I have to admit that my idea of fun was to attend some cooking demos back on the ship. But you moms know "that look" you get when you are being totally unrealistic. Needless to say, I pasted on a smile and ended up on a boat in the middle of a very rough ocean fishing for five hours.
I had visions of being seasick, falling overboard, smelling like a bait box, etc... But all it took was the first nibble and I was hooked. We had a blast.
Fifteen (silver & pink) salmon later and it was hard to pry us off that boat to go back to the ship.
After spending a small fortune to book the trip, I didn't hesitate to say YES when they asked if I wanted the fish shipped home on ice. After all, I've been walking longingly past the salmon in Costco (at $10.00 per pound now) and wishing I could afford it.
It gets here Tuesday, and I'm planning on giving one big fish to each of my married kids as their souvenir. Sure beats the tacky souvenirs (totem poles, "gold dust", bear droppings, and "HI - I'm an ALASKAN TOURIST" t-shirts) I found in all those gift shops.
So. I need to get out of my box again and try some new salmon recipes. Anyone have a favorite you want to share?
(I'll spare you the photos of my look of terror while trying the zipline in the Alaskan rain forest...)