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Home / Alaska / Older Photos / '89-08 D.H. - Goin' For the Baileys [28]

I would banter with the gal that did the laundry for the camp whenever I picked my laundry up. In February or March She was giving me a bad time about the snow melting, and not being able to do any more skiing. Without giving it too much thought, I replied that I could find a place to ski around here any time of the year, even late summer, right up until the first of the new snow. She didn't believe me. And, the thought that my Bulldog Mouth just might get my Tweety Bird Ass into trouble on this one, did go through my mind. Finally she wanted to make a bet with me on it. I told her, "Fine, make it easy on yourself." She wanted to make the bet for a bottle of Baileys. I don't drink. But, I could get into some Baileys. I do like chocolate. I watched the snow on the mountains around Unalaska. As summer progressed, I did start to get a little nervous about the snow holding in big enough patches for effective skiing. Finally, she was giving me a hard time about it in August. I decided to get her to OK for the bet to be decided now instead of waiting another 2 or 3 months. I said I could do it tomorrow. She scoffed and said: "You're on". We looked around the mountains I pointed at a far off large patch of snow, and asked if that one would do? Not realizing how for away it was, she began to say that it had to be big enough to get at least 3 turns on. I said that it was big enough to get as many as 10 or more. She said, "you're on!" Tim, the QC guy for the surimi plant, had bought telemark ski gear after watching me at it for a couple of winters. We had skied together a lot the previous winter. He was fired up to go. So we went. I had just bought my camera, was still new at it, and was trying out different film sources. Being out in the Aleutians, everything had to be by mail order, gear, film, processing, prints, etc. The film used in this series was from Seattle Film Works. They repackaged 35mm cinema type movie film into 35mm film cassets, and provided developing for it. I wasn't very good, nor was the film and processing. These photos are pretty low in quality of technique and materials. But, they do document a memory. You can look at them if you want. but, they're here for me.