Several visiting scientists to the museum came over, as well as Nick L. and other local friends. Nick brought some black cod cheeks, which we marinated quickly in soy sauce, garlic and ginger. After they were grilled on the firepit, it might have been the best fish I have ever tasted in my whole life. The pieces evaporated as soon as they touched the plate! There was also homemade guacamole, salad and sausages.
(We toasted several times to Nick L, who is a paleontologist and recently got an article published in Nature journal last week. Click here for the link to his article!)
At about 9:00, the party from next door joined in. The banya was fired up, and 7 of us ladies took a VERY hot banya. It ranged from 180-200 degrees. When we got out at 11pm, it was just starting to get dark. The remaining people sat by the fire and it was still quite warm outside. We sat by the fire, listened to music, danced on the grass and looked out at the still ocean. The combination of fire, banya, warm weather, incredible fish, dancing (and the fact that the gathering was a last minute occasion) made it a special Kodiak summer gathering.