Category: Weather, Tides & Geography

Enforced Hunker Down Days

By , January 12, 2020

Early on in our life here on the homestead, we embraced the concept of the Hunker Down Day (see “Hunker Down” Days). I’m not sure, but I believe that post holds the record for most words—at any rate it’s way longer than the majority of our posts.

Even so, part of the reason it’s so long is that it goes into what often happens on a regular “Hunker Down Day”: after we decide to stay put, to shelter in place, we often get out and do things outdoors after all.

So, lately we’ve had Hunker Down Days that to me feel downright celebratory. Michelle and I took a moment to examine precisely why.

wind on Alaska's Lynn Canal

The wind had laid down considerably by the time I got bundled up to take a few daylight photos (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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If a Tree Falls in a Windstorm, Does It Make a Sound?

By , December 29, 2019

Sometime Friday night, or more likely, early Saturday morning, a tree fell in the homestead compound. We heard a lot of crashing in the night, mostly from snow getting blown off tree branches above our roof. But, we didn’t hear the tree fall.

It had leaned from the hill above the cabin for as long as we can remember. Likely, it was leaning when we first saw the place. It finally fell in that night’s wind storm, falling across the trail that enters our dooryard, hanging up on the railing to the outhouse.

In fact, it almost blocked the way to the outhouse, which we found problematic. Necessity and experimentation proved we could get around it and into the outhouse, but we needed to move it off the trail!

Fallen tree

What a sight to wake up to! (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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