HOONAH

Well i take the comment about the wifi back, good grief, still nothing but trouble, but i am not giving up!!       On JULY 1st, actually our Canada day , the folks in Hoonah decided to hold their 4th of July festivities on the first instead, the reason was that on the 4th a cruise ship was coming in, and they did not want to have their celebrations with several thousand cruise ship people hanging around, we were so glad to be there, every where the Hoonah folks were dressed up in Red White and Blue, little stands with food lined the main street, some Tlingit art was displayed here and there, and overall it all felt very festive.      We had met up with some of the other people on the sailboats, we met Suzie and Don with their beautiful Nauticat , and Trish and Will from Australia with their sailboat “SHADOW DANCER II”, Rita, help me out with the name of the Nauticat!!   Rita has a wonderful blog, ” MOTORSAILORBARAKABASHAD.WORDPRESS.COM   and she is so good at keeping all the names of everyone, all the boat names, so in this case i totally rely on her!!       Anyway, the day of the parade we all headed to the main street, and bought fried bread from Hetty, a Tlingit elder, she proudly told us her great great grand daughter was in the parade!!!    The fried bread is so good, i bought several pieces, and later on we bought tacos with a base of fried bread also, they things were huge, Bert and i each had one, well, there was no way we could finish them,!!!!!      Everyone was so happy, so laid back, i so fell in love with this town!!        Continue reading

Looks like we have proper wifi now, here in Brentwood bay, sooo……

Before i continue on, telling you about Hoonah, i first want to wish all of our family, all our friends and everyone in our lives a MERRY , MERRY CHRISTMAS, AND A HAPPY JOYFUL NEW YEAR, FULL OF GOOD SURPRISES AND ABOVE ALL, GOOD HEALTH!!!   We are traveling up island , to spend Christmas with three of our daughters, i so wish i could beam Sandra and family, and Erin and family over here, they will be missed….

So, Hoonah , the town we both fell in love with, the atmosphere, the people, the marina, we really liked it there!   We left Auke bay on June 30th, it was cold, raining, but by now we were so used to that, the diesel stove never stopped throwing its heat at us, we were comfortable and dry. We barely had rounded Point Retreat at the northern point of Mansfield Peninsulas, and here came the whales, blows everywhere, once we were in Icy Strait, we were surrounded by Pacific Whitesided Dolphins, passing Rocky islet, a large group of very stinky sea lions lounged on the rocks, you just know they are nearby as they smell so strongly!!!    The salmon jumped all around the boat, no wonder so many marine mammals hang out here, so much food!      One very large humpback whale came close to the boat, he seemed to be the only one.       Hoonah is the largest TLINGIT settlement in SE Alaska, the economy was mostly based on logging and fishing, fishing is still very strong but now the town is more dependent on tourism.     The cannery has been renovated into a large hall where the First nation perform their dances and sell art. There is a cruise ship dock now, for one boat at the time, once it arrives , it spills a few thousand people into the tiny town, yes, they bring in money, but its a double edged sword as they say, i so hope the town stays as it is, the people are wonderful, and we could feel the atmosphere change when one cruise ship came in on July 4th, all these fancy dressed folks, that wont make eye contact, wont say hallo, the Hoonah folks just went quietly about their business, but i could feel the change.    The harbour has a large transient dock to the left as we came in, and the tide was low that day, very low, but Bert managed to bring the boat around, so she was facing out, i was waiting for the crunch of gravel under the keel, but, we made it!

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