Alaska, the Last Frontier - Summer 2012 travel blog

westernmost point in North America

Ken teeing off

Martha's turn

artificial turf

bottle top tee

the course

wildflowers on the course

People are especially friendly in a small campground and ready to share experiences and give advice. After watching three couples slave away cutting up the halibut they've caught, packaging and vacuum packing the fish pieces, we took the advice of a another couple and played golf at the western most golf course in North America. We already played at the northernmost golf course on this trip in Fairbanks, so it seemed only appropriate to add this -most to the list. The course owner warned us to watch for the mama moose and her two babies and gave us bottle caps to use as tees. The fine grass that typical golf courses have growing in the tee box and on the greens will not grow here, so the course was a mixture of artificial turf and grass on the fairways. It's hard to push a regular tee through astro turf, so the bottle cap worked much better. However, after teeing off, we spent as much time looking for the bottle cap tee as looking for the ball. Wildflowers bloomed all around and every so often we caught glimpses of the volcanoes that brought us to a stop in this area yesterday.

On the way home we stopped to buy locally caught clams and shrimp. Around here many folks fish and fish and fish, but in investigating how it all works, it's clear that it's more economical to buy the seafood professionally frozen at the retail shops. And it's a sure thing. Chartering a boat and buying a fishing license adds up fast. At the campground we heard about one couple who fished for a month and paid $3600 to ship their catch to their home in Florida. I could buy a lot of fish for $3,600. This is a special spot for clam digging. You need a license to do this too, and we've seen photos of folks buried in the sand up to their armpits digging out the clams. Fred Meyer sold clam guns that fire down into the sand and capture the clams. And after you have them, you spend 3 - 4 hours cleaning the sand out of them before the shelling and cooking can proceed. A bargain at $16/pound at the fish store. The enjoyment some folks get from fishing is hard to quantify. For us a half day charter would more than suffice.

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