Heather's Blog

Nov 03, 2013
Riding bikes yesterday with my friend Rob from Juneau, I asked if he cycled to work. "I walk," he said. It's only 3/4 of  a mile from his condo to the office. Then he said his daily discipline is to pick up one piece of trash each way. He said you'd think there would be days...
Nov 01, 2013
Maybe it's because today is November, or maybe it's because I'm a little light headed from the Fall Flush (sans Halloween candy, sans red wine, sans cheese with my apples), but it's probably because when you take away a few things you become thankful for what you do have, and you...
Oct 30, 2013
Yes, Haines is once again sort of famous. Or at least in a lot of mail boxes this week. The Snow 2013 issue of the Patagonia Catalog has a dramatic Haines avalanche on the cover. Which made my heart stop after the fatal accidents of the last two heli-ski seasons. The good news is that the boarder...
Oct 29, 2013
Halloween keeps on giving in Haines through the weekend--  The Babbling Book has Halloween stickers and tattoos and next door at Buckshot and Bobby Pins there are wigs. The Uglys haunted house will be open 6:00 to about 8:30 on Halloween in the ANB Hall, and the  Pioneer iPod DJ...
Oct 28, 2013
This morning was the first day of the Fall Flush with the Well& Fit group-- two weeks of cleansing and re-energizing myself thanks to giving up at least 2, hopefully more (and reducing the rest), -- of wheat, dairy, sugar, coffee & alcohol. And adding 20 minutes (or more) of a new activity...
Oct 27, 2013
"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."- Martin Luther  
Oct 25, 2013
We are turning Halloween into a week long event this year-- starting tonight with the Trick or Trot 5k fun run and walk at 5:30 in Dalton City, no matter what the weather. (A headlamp is a good idea.) There will be a fire pit, hot drinks, and prizes for the best costumes (which you trot around town...
Oct 24, 2013
Well, there will be plenty to talk about over coffee for a few days, maybe longer, now that hunting guide and fisherman Ron Martin has admitted to, and been sentenced for, five hunting related felonies involving area bears and goats. He can't guide again and won't be getting his plane back...
Oct 23, 2013
If you have a fur hat, put it on. Then check the bindings on your snowshoes. The first snow of the season is falling on Mt. Ripinsky, from the summit right on down the flanks-- perhaps all the way to the microwave tower, it's hard to tell from the sea-level windy wet perspective of a morning...
Oct 23, 2013
  The rain is not snow, yet, at least down in town, but I'm guessing this downpour is whitening up the mountains. (It's still too dark to see, and even then, from the sounds of the wind and rain on the roof I probably won't see it anyway.) The veteran's home is going up...
Oct 22, 2013
That's how it always works, isn't it? The minute you comment on the fine weather, it changes. We had the first frost last night, which meant I had to scrape the windshield this morning before Morning Muscles, but the stars and moon were still out and there were no bears in sight, although...
Oct 21, 2013
 We  finally put  the garden mostly to bed and installed the snow-breaks and stacked the firewood on the porch. I mean it's the end of October and time to be done with it, whether the window boxes  are ready or not, right? Sort of. I kept the front box filled for...
Oct 20, 2013
Vincent van Gogh wrote, in a letter to his brother, "I have a terrible need of-- shall I say the word?-- Religion. Then I go out and paint the stars." (And in my humble case, walk the dog.)
Oct 17, 2013
  The weather is changing, for the better it seems, as the days are still golden and mild, with no frost so far. It’s been a true autumn, so different from the snow-rain-sleet and wind-blowing- all-of-it- sideways Octobers in my memory. I wrote an obituary this week for a community...
Oct 16, 2013
On birthdays when they were young I'd tell my children the story of their arrival. Eliza's will always be that she is the first and thus the most miraculous, plus the TV repairman arrived in the Anchorage hospital room right at the height of that first shocking labor. Sarah's story...
Oct 15, 2013
Have you noticed that I seem to show up here every Tuesday lately? Honestly, I promise that I'm getting it together and from now on will send you pithy, brilliant, and informative daily news of life in Haines, or if not all that, at least something interesting about life as I know it on most...
Oct 11, 2013
Chip and I did not get a moose, but it wasn't from lack of trying, and as he said, now that the hunt is over the stories can begin. And that's the fun part that could last all winter. Until now, everyone was very vague about just what they saw out there, especially as this hunt, with strict...
Oct 08, 2013
Well, that's moose hunting-- we've been at it four days a week for four weeks, and the moose have safely avoided our freezer. More on that in the next post. While we were hunting, the beautiful old tender (1937, wooden, classic, 70 feet) Neptune sank in the harbor, no one was hurt, and no...
Oct 03, 2013
Here's two of the "most read" articles in today's Alaska Dispatch  and both are about Haines. (And no, I did not have anything to do with either one, except that Chip was a sponsor of the no corporate personhood for Haines initiative.) Basically, Haines gets a nice thumbs up...
Oct 03, 2013
             
Oct 02, 2013
Congratulations to the newest assembly members: George Campbell-- a garlic farmer and arts supporter (the Green Room at the Chilkat Center is dedicated to the memory of his mother, Barbara Campbell, long time Actfest stage manager), plus he plays the bag pipes--  which could end long...
Oct 01, 2013
Can you believe it? It's an election day, my favorite holiday. I love to vote. I hope you do too-- Please do. There are a lot of good people running for local office-- I'm still not sure who all I'll choose yet for all the borough assembly and school board seats-- but I do know Ardy...
Sep 30, 2013
Yes, we are still moose-less after 10 days of hard, and I think smart, hunting. I figured Chip would be disappointed when we left camp last night without a moose, but he said, "That was another great weekend.  We've had some really good hunting, haven't we?" And the thing is...
Sep 24, 2013
Tonight from 5-7 it's the Arts Confluence literary, musical, visual arts celebration and wine and cheese fundraiser in the Chilkat Center lobby, 15 dollar donation. Then tomorrow from noon-4 there's a party in the borough office to thank and appreciate dear Sue Nelson who really has...
Sep 24, 2013
 I couldn't take many pictures, as two days of heavy  rain fogged up my lens, but I did get a few during breaks in the weather. It was even raining in the tent. It's not that it leaked, it was actually very dry and warm with Chip's little steel stove (he kept saying "isn...

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