Going to Alaska Fishing

Me and two other guys are leaving this evening for Alaska, where we are going to be fishing for sockeye salmon for a week. Alaska won’t let us come into the State unless we have had a negative COVID test within 72 hours of entering the State. I went to a place yesterday that said we could get results back in 24 hours. I got there and went inside to answer questions and fill out papers and when I finished they said go outside and wait in my car and they would call me on my cell phone when it was my turn to get tested. I waited for about 30 minutes and then was directed to drive to a white tent where I would get tested while seated in my car. When I drove in the tent and turned off my motor they had this electric gizmo that they swiped across my forehead to read my temperature. I had been sitting in my little car in the sun so my temperature registered at 106 degrees. The young girl who took my temperature got all excited, I mean, really excited. I wasn’t sure what the problem was, but she sounded like I was on the verge of dying. I felt fine, but I will have to admit, she made me nervous. The older nurse came over and asked me to go sit inside in the air conditioned waiting room for 15 minutes which I did and it came down to 97 degrees. Whooooeee I thought I had the creeping COVID for a minute, oh yeh, my test came back negative as well.

I was talking to a guy in the waiting room who had a similar experience as I did, and he also was headed to Alaska to fish. We were comparing notes on all the hoops we had to jump through to get up there this year and he said, “ Yeh, it is easier to get into heaven then it is to get into the State of Alaska. I laughed and said, “yep, I am headed for heaven, and hopefully soon, very soon!” We had a nice 15 minute conversation between two Christians waiting for their temperatures to drop.

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