…coming back to civilization.

An essay on returning to Sitka: When I first moved to Sitka relatives and friends, especially relatives, would ask “when are you coming back to civilization.”  Back more than 35 years ago you could forgive them for asking that question.  Often they could not get calls through to us, the circuits were all busy, especially like days like today, Father’s Day.  When they did get … Continue reading …coming back to civilization.

Log Rolling in Pursuit of an Oceangoing Canoe

Since January I have been watching Steve Brown build a Tlingit ocean going dugout canoe out of a single red cedar log at Sitka National Historical Park.  Steve has been working with “apprentices” Tommy Joseph, T.J. Young, Jerrod Galanin and Nick Galanin.  What an amazing group of “apprentices,” each a master in his own right.   I have been documenting it almost daily on Facebook and … Continue reading Log Rolling in Pursuit of an Oceangoing Canoe

Earth Day 2016, the Parade of Species

It’s Sitka’s annual “Parade of Species” so it must be Earth Day.  Sponsored by the Sitka Conservation Society with help from Old Harbor Books, the Sitka Sound Science Center and the National Park Service kids (and adults) dress as their favorite species.  Gathering at Totem Square a giant mosquito interviews each of them, organizing them by land, sea and air, asking what species they are.  … Continue reading Earth Day 2016, the Parade of Species

Sitka Christmas Artisans’ Market, 2015

This year we didn’t make it to any of the European Christmas Markets, but Sitka has a fine Artisans’ Market in Allen Hall on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus.  Sponsored by the Greater Sitka Arts Council it is a great opportunity to buy gifts while supporting local artists.  They sell wine but what the Sitka market really needs is Gluwein, the mulled wine sold at … Continue reading Sitka Christmas Artisans’ Market, 2015

Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Man? — Stardust Ball 2015

Halloween night brought out Sitkans in their finest costumes.  Many made it to Raven Radio’s Stardust Ball at the Odess Theater on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus.  Here is the first tranche of pictures from the ball.  I have 3 postings, 90 pictures in all.  You can click on the link to see tranches two and three. My job was to wander around the hall … Continue reading Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Man? — Stardust Ball 2015

Endangered Species Spotted in Sitka

This afternoon on my walk I encountered a rare and endangered species in Sitka, an Alaska Marine Highway ship. The state has proposed a reduced ferry schedule to save money.   The schedule includes laying up three ferries all next summer.  The state will have to pay for insurance and a skeleton crew to lay up those ferries.   Money spent that will provide NO service to … Continue reading Endangered Species Spotted in Sitka

Surrounded by Acres of Whales

Saturday we took an Allen Marine Tour from Crescent Harbor.  They are offered every Saturday for folks not on a cruise ship.  We went to St. Lazaria with Captain Steve Campbell.  On the way to and from St. Lazaria Steve found us several whales feeding, they were all around us.  The sun hit some of them so we had whalebows.  The spout refracted the light, separating the … Continue reading Surrounded by Acres of Whales