Summer in Alaska is all about using toys. Brian has many, many toys...of which his boat and jeep are the two getting the most use these days. The snowmachine is tucked away for the summer and the four-wheeler awaits for the days of snow when it's plow will once again be useful (those days aren't far away...). Brian purchased his jeep last year after clearing out the garage of the jeep that had been completly taken apart. Thankfully Brian's father Don was looking for a retirement project and Brian gave him a "sweet deal." I'm not sure that Brian's mother Patsy was really happy about having another "project" in the front yard, but it gave Brian the space to purchase a jeep that actually runs. He has had to do some tinkering (like replacing the engine and clutch and topping-off the brake fluid after loosing breaking ability on a trip home from work), but it runs like a charm (or at least generally gets him to where he's going...and back).
We've spent more time already on Brian's Weldcraft boat this summer than we did all last summer. We've been up and down the Chena a bunch of times and Brian was up the Teklanika last weekend with some buddies. We're hoping to take it to Lake Louise later this month and we must get down to Valdez for some Silver Salmon fishing before the snow flies. Brian's boat came in handy last summer when we left our wedding reception in it. I just had to post a photo of that too!