Heather's Blog

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: Great. Back home. What’s not to be happy about? H: What happened? C...
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 lumberyard and is now sorting the mail and watching the World Cup match. As soon as he finishes a...
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 didn't even pack pants for Chip- when I got to Seattle I looked in the bag and all we had...
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 in less than 24 hours-- about 23 hours his crew informs me. That's got to be...
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 back down to Haines, finishing up on the Parade Grounds in front of the derelict former Army...
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 the ski area there this weekend. We won't be able to make it, as Chip and I will be pedaling in...
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 appreciated because of the weeping clouds that preceded them. Thank goodness the groom's (Harry's)...
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 the case, then marry up-- not for wealth or status or good looks-- but for kindness and reliability...
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 monument. Maybe a Seward monument. (I really liked Lincoln’s secretary of state and the man...
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 Juneau.  That's no easy coast down the 90 mile Lynn Canal, North America...
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 one for a five hour ride. Plus it is cool, not too windy, and dry-ish. I don't think it...
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 they don't tell you about midnight sun: it's the mornings that are really extra long, and...
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 to remind you that there will be a gala ribbon cutting for the newest version of the Port Chilkoot...
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, and as soon as the rolling quit I checked to see if there were tsunami warnings...
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 day to finish the obituary of my friend Glenn, he lived in Juneau, but we...
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 am such a Luddite.
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 shameless, and perhaps a little crazy. But I have had a goal since I nearly died of hypothermia last year in...
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, and perhaps a little crazy. But I have had a goal since I nearly died of hypothermia last year in...
May 28, 2014
I am off to Skagway for the North Words writing symposium today through Sunday. Which means I will miss John Hagen's opening at the museum Friday. He will be exhibiting a series of photographs of the Chilkat Beaches where John and I often meet while walking dogs. His images are black and white...
May 27, 2014
My father Papa Bob was here a week, and since it was only a week, and since the sun was shining, and since the family has all (just about all, we missed a son-in-law who is hunting in the Aleutians and a son who is crewing on a fishing boat that's in Seattle right now) been hanging...
May 20, 2014
I missed the inaugural Letter Nerds gathering at the library last night. The new group has formed to promote the old art of paper correspondence. (Cards, paper and stamps will be provided at meetings), because my dad, Papa Bob, the sun worshiper is here, so it figures that it is now raining...
May 19, 2014
It is the time of year when some folks hunt black bear for meat. Black bears are the pork of rural Alaska. (The butcher will turn ours into sausage and brats.) But there is more to this first hunt of the year than food.  There is something that calls male hunters, especially, to the woods...

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