Fleet Footware.

Merle Haggard may feel that “Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear” but Sitkans know better.  For Sitka manly, womanly and kidly footwear is the chevron soled non-slip neoprene fish oil resistant Xtra Tuff, “Sitka Sneakers.”   Sitkans wear them everywhere, ‘sensible shoes.”  We had quite a job convincing one of our sons that he would run faster when playing softball if he wore … Continue reading Fleet Footware.

Sooo Sitka (the 23rd annual running of the boots.)

Sometimes, when you are riffing on the radio strange things happen.  In 1995 Ken was riffing on the theme of the end of the cruise ship season on Raven Radio.  He was musing about how we could celebrate.  He was inspired by the “Running of the Bulls” in Pamplona, Spain.  He suggested the proper way for Sitka to celebrate the end of the tourist season … Continue reading Sooo Sitka (the 23rd annual running of the boots.)

A Beautiful Memory. Sitka Summer Music Festival 2017

The Sitka Summer Musical Festival ends today with a fundraising brunch.  I will not be there because I will be on an airplane traveling to Minnesota and grand kids.  Together Brian, Liz, Liam, Fiona, Suzi and I will go to the Winnipeg Folk Festival.  These two festivals, back to back, reflect different music traditions.  But they have a lot in common. They give us comfort … Continue reading A Beautiful Memory. Sitka Summer Music Festival 2017

Stepping into a Salad, Low tide at Point Brown.

It was like stepping off the boat into a salad.  That’s what it was like at Point Brown when Allen Marine dropped a group from the Sitka Conservation Society on the east side of Kruzof Island. Sunday morning saw the lowest tide of the year, minus 3.21 feet.  Around the time of summer solstice the Earth is closest to the Sun.  When the new moon … Continue reading Stepping into a Salad, Low tide at Point Brown.

Make America Fit Again!

Donald Trump has been president for 100 days.  Around the country people are marching for “Climate, Jobs and Justice.”  James Poulson from the Sentinel said this was part of the President’s “Make America Fit Again” campaign. About 100 Sitkans marched from the Crescent Harbor shelter, around the Russian Church and back down Lincoln Street to the Episcopal See House.  Motorists, not expecting a parade, drove … Continue reading Make America Fit Again!

Resurrection in the Food Web

I often wonder if people in the Southern Hemisphere view Easter differently than we north of the line.  Easter is so tied into rebirth, renewal and resurrection.  It comes naturally in the springtime.  If the days were getting shorter, leaves falling and flowers wilting I am not sure how I would view Easter, perhaps as the promise of resurrection at some time in the future. … Continue reading Resurrection in the Food Web

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

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!


We arrived in Skagway in time for its evacuation.  Skagway has a year around population on 850 but in the summer the population is on the north side of 2000.  Sometimes 10,000 visitors, tourists and crew, come off of up to 5 ships.  We arrived the second Sunday of September.  The day we arrived we were the last of 3 ferries who were taking people … Continue reading Skagway

White Pass & Yukon Route, STEAM !!!

The White Pass and Yukon Route (WP & YR) is billed as the Scenic Railway of the World.  It’s a narrow gauge (3’) railroad that was built to carry gold stampeders from tidewater at Skagway to, first the White Pass Summit (Late 1898) then to Lake Bennet BC, the head of navigation for the Yukon River (1899) and finally, 110 miles to Whitehorse (1900), beyond … Continue reading White Pass & Yukon Route, STEAM !!!

WP & YR Scenic Railway of the World.

The White Pass is billed as Scenic Railway of the World.   I can imagine with the play of clouds as we climb the almost 3000 feet to the summit of White Pass each trip is different.  With steam power the whole trip is filtered through the fine mist created by the locomotive, we were in the car directly behind old 73, giving the whole landscape … Continue reading WP & YR Scenic Railway of the World.

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