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Monday, July 27, 2015

Romance, crossbows, salmon...oh my!

First, a warm welcome back from New York to everyone who had the opportunity to travel to RWA this year!

I was sad that I couldn't make it, but I had a few activities going on that I couldn't get out of. One of them was a trip to Alaska. Okay, yes, I confess, it was my honeymoon. :)  But, ever the author, I found a way to turn the trip into research. We visited NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association). It was quite exciting because it was a very small group and it was a comprehensive tour. Comprehensive, and downright intimate. Yes, that's a little rubber ducky in one of the fisheries research labs. 


We went into the necropsy room where yours truly almost got shot by a crossbow. Crossbows are used to tag whales. One was sitting unbalanced on the edge of the examination table when the guide walked by it and brushed it with their elbow, knocking it so that it aimed directly at me. That would have been a dramatic ending to a honeymoon.

The labs at NOAA offered enough intrigue to upstage NCIS. Recently, they had a "fishy" story to investigate. A large ship loaded with fish came into the harbor and was boarded for questioning. The crew claimed that the fish were recently caught in the immediate area, but technicians were able to establish that the fish were from distant seas and illegally transported. I never knew that you could trace a salmon down to its home creek by its ear bone. Some fisheries go so far as to tamper with the temperature of the water when the salmon are babies (fry) to stamp the fish. This temperature fluctuation leaves a mark on the fish's ear bone that can later be traced back to that specific fishery. Yes, I learned more about the life of salmon than I ever thought possible.

In addition to my near brush with the crossbow, I had a bit of a tumble on this mountain. It hurt like heck, but it wasn't the pain that bothered me the most. It was that brief glimpse of the abyss beyond. The mind took the leap that the body did not. I burst out into a full-blown panic attack. My panic was founded though. Two days later a gentlemen from Florida fell to his death in the same area. It was quite jarring to read that, and my heart goes out to his family.

But such is the honeymoon of a romantic suspense author. Romance, crossbows, salmon, and stumbles.


Maureen A. Miller


15 comments:

Clare London said...

Wow Maureen, what a honeymoon! <3 Congratulations regardless of your brushes with danger, and what fascinating information you discovered.

Maureen A. Miller said...

Thanks so much, Clare. It really was quite beautiful there.

Anne Marie Becker said...

Oh my goodness, what a beautiful (and scary, in some respects) honeymoon! Congratulations on your marriage, and many happy (safe) years to come! :D (And on a side note, I live near the Grand Canyon, and there is usually a victim or two claimed there each year. So sad, and scary.)

Maureen A. Miller said...

Thank you, Anne Marie! Yes, it's sad to see stories like that. Of course I don't know what was in the mind of the Wallenda crossing the Grand Canyon on a tightrope! He apparently didn't read the warning sign at the entrance to the park. :)

Marcelle Dubé said...

You never do anything ordinary, do you, Gladys? Congratulations on getting married! I'm glad you survived your honeymoon (though it is quite sad about the gentleman from Florida). And if you think Alaska is gorgeous, you should come to the Yukon...

Rita said...

Congrats pretty lady. Love the pics on FB. So many adventures to add to books.

Maureen A. Miller said...

Could you imagine the look on your face, Marcelle, if I showed up on your doorstep? :)

Maureen A. Miller said...

Thanks so much, Rita. I did have an adventure with a seal. They're not the tame, innocent, puppy-dog-eyed looking creatures you'd think they are. They're pretty aggressive in the wild. But then again, they go after salmon like I go after pizza. :)

Marcelle Dubé said...

You mean the look of delight? :-)

Maureen A. Miller said...

No, I'm guessing it would look more like you'd just ate a bad burrito. :)

Elise Warner said...

Wow. What a honeymoon.Fascinating about the mark on a salmon's ear. Had salmon for supper last night--if I had checked his ear I probably wouldn't have eaten him/her.

Cathy Perkins said...

Congratulations on your marriage and glad you survived the honeymoon!

I had a fishery as a client for a while - fascinating to visit! (Although mine did not include crossbows :) )

Maureen A. Miller said...

Hi Elise! I guess if someone looked at my ear, they'd see my Tampa Bay Buccaneers earrings and know where I come from. LOL

Thanks so much, Cathy! :)

Shirley Wells said...

Congratulations, Gladys, and well done on surviving the honeymoon. It could only happen to you, LOL.

By the way, I think we should all turn up on Marcelle's doorstep. I long to see the Yukon.

Stay safe!

Maureen A. Miller said...

Oh, Marcelle would just love that! So what do you say, Madame Marcelle, is it a date for next week?

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