Our offload of the Bairdi went smoothly and all that was left to do before flying out was rig the pots (yet again) for the winter fishery, Opilio. The three or four days in Dutch Harbor were mostly uneventful except for our good fortune in meeting two great new friends all the way from Australia!!
Marilyn and Gary flew up to Dutch hoping to meet the captains and crews from the boats of "The Deadliest Catch". Because we were the only crew still in town (the Wizard was the only boat to fish Bairdi) they were somewhat disappointed.
Over the course of the next few days, we took the time to give them a full tour of the boat and during the evenings had a few belts in the hotel bar. We had a wonderful time and became fast friends. I can only hope our paths cross again.
Next on my agenda is a trip to Tampa, Florida to participate in the 19th annual Charlie Daniels Band Celebrity Golf Tournament in support of The Angelus, a home for challenged adults young and old with cerebral palsy.
Capt. Monte "mouse"