keskiviikko 23. kesäkuuta 2010

June 23rd 2010

Sand Point

55º20.015' N, 160º29.870' W

It was time for socializing! In addition to Capella III, there was in the harbour another transient vessel, Samba, crewed by Josh, Natasha and boat-dog Laxie from Arizona. The very next day after our arrival, Kathy got a huge king salmon from a friendly fisherman. In the evening, we all gathered aboard the Samba to enjoy a delicious meal of poached salmon prepared by Natasha. On Tuesday, Kathy managed to rent a truck that fitted all six of us. Some went sightseeing, while others used the car to run various errands and, later, we all drove to a Chinese restaurant for a farewell dinner as both Capella III and Samba were leaving early next morning. We decided to leave later in the evening, which enabled us to continue our seemingly endless struggle for uploading our latest texts and photos on the blogs.

Sand Point's internet connections were both interesting and utterly frustrating. We tried most of the options available. First, we went to Harbor Cafe where one could be on the Internet for about ten minutes at a time after which the connection was turned off by the proprietor. The reason for this remains a mystery. The next alternative was to sit on the concrete floor at the basement of the Harbor Master's office building where one could use the signal coming through the wall from the carpenter's workshop next door. Since there was no electricity, you could only use your computer until the battery went flat. The third, and by far the best option, was Coffee House along the village road. Here, the only problem was that too many people were using the connection. So, in this case, it was not like “the more, the merrier” but rather “the more users, the weaker the signal”. After about three days of continuous and nerve-wrecking struggle for a proper Internet connection, we decided to leave Sand Point and head for Dutch Harbor!

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