Category: Alaskan Life

Ghosts of Lynn Canal

By , August 9, 2019

If you read this blog often, you know how much I like watching the world go by the shore of our homestead. Lynn Canal is, particularly in summer, a fairly constant parade of water craft, north and south, back and forth through our view.

Of all of these vessels, perhaps my favorites are the Ghosts of Lynn Canal, the vintage wooden halibut schooners that ply our waters in the summer and early autumn months.

Halibut Schooner BERYLE E.

The halibut schooner Beryle E, loaded with fish (in blue totes), heading for Haines (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Family Time!

By , June 29, 2019

It started yesterday when Aly staggered over to the cabin, sick.

We don’t know what happened, although since it’s been sunny and unusually hot here, we strongly suspect heat exhaustion. Whatever the case, Aly had a tour scheduled, and we needed to help her call in sick.

Michelle hiked over to the bay to talk to the boss, who had spent the night at his family’s Mud Bay home. To get to his house, she had to skirt a brown bear that has haunted the bay all summer. Once they’d talked, Michelle waited for him to leave, so they could go together, in case the bear had stuck around.

“Is that your brother-in-law’s boat?” he asked, pointing toward the mouth of the bay.

sailing vessel Wayward

Dave and Anke’s hand-built sailboat, Wayward, at anchor in Mud Bay (Photo: Michelle L. Zeiger).

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