Honoring Ancestors, Sitka’s Orthodox Cemetery

Today’s walk was not energetic, it was contemplative.  I walked through Sitka’s Orthodox Cemetery.  A couple of months ago someone suggested that I walk through the Cemetery and post some pictures.  I didn’t get around to it until I met Bob Sam on my walk yesterday. During that walk through Sitka National Park I took a break, sitting on a bench.  Soon Bob Sam sat … Continue reading Honoring Ancestors, Sitka’s Orthodox Cemetery

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, 2017

Sitka Celebrated Elizabeth Peratrovich Day with a parade and celebration at the ANB Founders’ Hall.  Here are some pictures from the parade.  To read the history of the holiday, scroll below the pics. February 16 is Elizabeth Peratrovich Day in Alaksa.  With today’s political climate of demonizing the other, repeating this story is more important than ever.  In 1945, during the debate in the Alaska Territorial … Continue reading Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, 2017

Sitka In Solidarity

I have not seen anything like it in Sitka.  Estimates vary from a low of 500 to nearly 1,000 people marching respectfully.  I saw people for all sorts of different causes from all walks of life, and many different persuasions.  We gathered as people made signs, than we marched, well it was more like a stroll, from the Crescent Harbor Shelter, around the St. Michael’s … Continue reading Sitka In Solidarity

It’s beginning to look a lot like…ALASKA!

Last night I popped my Jeep into 4 wheel drive for the first time in 33 months.  I had begun to wonder if Sitka would ever see winter again.  When you live in a rain forest the snow is a relief, precipitation in a different form. precipitation that you don’t mind walking in, precipitation that brightens up the town, even cloudy days. Today is transitional, … Continue reading It’s beginning to look a lot like…ALASKA!

The Battery Exchange, 8:00 PM to Midnight, Christmas Eve, on Raven Radio

December 24 will not be “Just Another Saturday Night.”  It is Christmas Eve, which means the Battery Exchange is back.   Here is a history of the Battery Exchange.  The Tradition continues live on Christmas Eve on Raven Radio, KCAW, Sitka, streaming on www.kcaw.org. — The Battery Exchange started on KAXE in Grand Rapids Minnesota on Christmas Eve, 1976.  When Suzi was a girl neighborhood parents … Continue reading The Battery Exchange, 8:00 PM to Midnight, Christmas Eve, on Raven Radio

20th Sitka Whalefest.

For 20 years Sitka’s Whalefest has occupied our town during the first week on November.  The festival is centered on a science symposium but integrates the performing arts, visual arts, education and outdoor adventure into a package that engages the community and brings visitors from as far as Australia and New Zealand. The Symposium dove into topics ranging from harpoon heads found bowhead whales captured … Continue reading 20th Sitka Whalefest.

The Milk Run

Alaska Airlines has several ilk runs, flights that hop from airport to airport.  They often are numbered in the 60s and 70s.  Flight 62 starts in. Fairbanks at 6 AM and arrives in Seattle at around 4:30 PM stopping at Anchorage, Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan.  Some flights also stop at Cordova, Yakutat, Petersburg and Wrangell.  On a bumpy day they can be a pain, and slow. … Continue reading The Milk Run

The Run Home, Chatham Strait to Peril Strait.

Chatham Strait, or Shee ya xhaak in the Tlingit language runs 150 miles from the southern tip of Baranof Island to Lynn Canal where it joins Icy Strait.   Admiralty Island is on the East, Baranof and Chichagof Islands to the west.  It is part of the same fault system that created Lynn Canal.  George Vancouver named it after the first Earl of Chatham, William Pitt. … Continue reading The Run Home, Chatham Strait to Peril Strait.

Running of the Boots 2016

Spain may have its “Running of the Bulls” but in Sitka we have the “Running of the Boots.”  I think this is safer.  This year we celebrated the 22nd annual “running.”  It started as celebration of the end of the tourist season but is now a fundraiser for Sitka Local Foods Network (Farmers’ Market.)   The “Running” got a break today.  It was held in … Continue reading Running of the Boots 2016

…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