I live and write on Lingít Aaní, and gratefully acknowledge the past, present and future caretakers of this beautiful place, the Jilkaat Kwaan and Jilkoot Kwaan.

The house is filling up, and so are the fridge and the pantry. I still have to wrap a few things, and even do a little last minute shopping- but I figure if I can’t get it in Haines, I don’t need it anyway. It is very cold– zero at 2 when the sun set this afternoon, and with a strong north wind feels colder, but we are staying warm and having fun. Here are a few photos of the last few days– 

Solstice sunrise dog walk,

Never to cold for a milkshake,

Santa Claus Mountain. Look closely and you can see Santa, his beard, face, and hat all looking at the sky,

A midday snowshoe on Mt. Ripinsky, up and out of the wind,

Sunset at 2 O’clock,

Shopping on Main Street,

The Catholic Church,

and Officer’s Row on Fort Seward.