Heather's Blog

Jul 08, 2014
The news from  here on lower Mud Bay Road is a strange mix of local and universal, as the nature of care giving allows more time to click and view online, as well as time to watch the World Cup and... Read More...
Jul 06, 2014
"Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness and the word 'happiness' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness." - C.Jung
Jul 03, 2014
The Ripinsky Race organizers, Paul Swift and Annie Boyce, have called the race due to potential heavy rain tomorrow and today's rain on the trail. Paul is also the area weather guy and he checked... Read More...
Jul 03, 2014
After the first family knee surgery I lobbied for a downstairs bedroom. Then we had the second knee surgery and I said for sure, then I got hurt and spent months in a hospital bed in the living room... Read More...
Jul 02, 2014
  I figured I’d interview Chip, so he could say for himself what happened last Saturday in the Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Relay. He’s a man of few words.   H: First, how are you? C... Read More...
Jul 01, 2014
It was so great to walk Pearl and my daughter Eliza's dog Annie on the beach this morning, and to see old friends and hear all the well wishes. Chip spent three hours at work in his office at the... Read More...
Jun 30, 2014
The local folks no doubt know this, but many of you don't-- and seem to be worried. I apologize but I didn't even think to grab my computer when I left in such a hurry. (Heck, Stoli and Sarah and I... Read More...
Jun 19, 2014
Juneau's John McConnochie has cycled all day and night from Haines to Skagway (and through Haines Junction, Whitehorse and Carcross) covering the Golden Circle's 360 -some mostly alpine highway miles... Read More...
Jun 19, 2014
It's going to be a really big weekend beginning Friday as all the cyclists roll off the ferry and head up to Haines Junction, and then Saturday as about 1350 of them (us) pedal the roughly 160 miles... Read More...
Jun 18, 2014
Sometimes I write obituaries for friends, which is not a fun thing to do. Here is the one for Glenn Frick that ran in the Juneau Empire last week to announce the memorial service that will be held at... Read More...
Jun 17, 2014
They say rain at a wedding is good luck, and there is something about rain that makes a wedding more memorable. Everyone knows that the sunny skies that follow June storms are that much more... Read More...
Jun 15, 2014
One way to make sure your children grow up to be kind and productive people is to have had a kind and productive father, and then marry a man who is as kind and productive as he was. If that is not... Read More...
Jun 13, 2014
Yesterday I forgot to mention the tower next to the Guardhouse! I don’t know how I could forget that. Joanne and Phyllis (and the crew) have done a great job. It is Haines own mini- Washington... Read More...
Jun 12, 2014
 Wayne Price is having a really big week. Two traditional Tlingit canoes that he supervised the construction of have successfully paddled to Celebration, the annual gathering of Southeast Natives in... Read More...
Jun 10, 2014
I'm riding my bike today with a friend on one last long ride before the Kluane to Chilkat on the 21st. I find rest is good for me, and that I tend to overdo things-- so today-- 10 days out, is a good... Read More...
Jun 08, 2014
"I don't care how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. It's enough to know that for some people they exist, and that they dance." -- Poet Mary Oliver
Jun 06, 2014
This morning at 4:30 Jess and Kevin paddled a yellow canoe to our backyard from an overnight adventure across the inlet. Chip went out and helped them carry the canoe up to the driveway. This is what... Read More...
Jun 05, 2014
Chip is stretching on the living room floor, pre-bike, and Pearl is snoring up on our bed. (As soon as we leave it, she hops on and stays there until we return from our morning bike ride.) And I want... Read More...
Jun 04, 2014
The earthquake was at 3:58 AM  49 miles west of Haines, just over the mountains from my house, toward Yakutat. I suppose on a clear morning I could almost see it from here. It woke me up with a jolt... Read More...
Jun 03, 2014
It's a rainy morning, which means a day off from the cycling. I mean, why ride in the rain when you don't have to? We've had so many nice days this spring that a little rain is a relief.  It's a good... Read More...
Jun 01, 2014
"For today, each moment is prickly with detail and can only be made sensible by love."- John Straley from the poem "The Map and Territory of Love."
May 30, 2014
I am using an iPad, and the wi - fi is sketchy and I can only read about ten lines at a time in my text -- so please forgive me any errors and if you repost, maybe you will fix them for me? ... Oh I... Read More...
May 30, 2014
Yesterday morning by 7 I had already pedaled my bike up to the White Pass summit and back down to Skagway. This morning I'm drinking coffee in bed. I only tell you about my ride to brag. I'm... Read More...
May 30, 2014
Yesterday morning by 7 I had already pedaled my bike up to the White Pass summit and back down to Skagway. This morning Im drinking coffee in bed. I only tell you about my ride to brag. I'm shameless... Read More...

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