Bright sun and t-shirt weather visited Sitka last week as clean-up and set-up got underway for AU. Captains Tom and Chuck went to work on boats including an installation of the latest electronics in Ouzel (Captain Tom’s boat) – a Simrad system that features the highly touted CHIRP sounding technology that is rumored to be the next quantum leap forward in find finding. Captain David took on the less glamorous task of sanding all the paint off the deck of Loon in preparation for a new coating of non-skid. Gus Ohaus addressed all kinds of clean up jobs around the lodge buildings and AU friend Joe Loranger, who runs an automotive shop east of Issaquah, began the process of getting the rental car fleet back into shape. We have less than a month until the Hook and Cook event and everything will be ship shape by then. The hard part last week was looking out to sea – flat calm and sunny for days with verified reports of kings begin caught at Biorka and Cape Edgecumbe. A pair of sea otters has taken up residence on the southeast corner of the island across from our waterfront suites and the herring are milling around and spawning along the shoreline. The work is hard, but the life is good in Sitka this spring.