Friday, August 18, 2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Summer sailing 2017







Bubble netting Humpback Whales in Icy Strait and North Chatham Strait at the top of the Inside Passage Alaska.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Fantastic!

Fabulous in every way possible! ! Daily Brown bear sightings, deer on the beach, fishing, 17 humpback blows all in one row!
And then picking up our crab pot on the way out!! 10 legal sized males!!

Friday, July 14, 2017

I traded for trade beads

I traded for Trading Beads!!
From left to right fossilized ivory, old Russian blues,  old red whiteheart trading beads, giant black muscle,  dark blue glass trading beads 200+ years old and Brown bear bone.
Now to decide what to make with them.

A little history.

Russians had little to do with the Russian Blue beads. Produced in Bohemia, the Russian Blue bead did not appear in Alaska until just before Americans bought Alaska (1867). Russians traders acquired these beads from the American and English traders in exchange for furs. The Russian Blue beads are shaped into six-, seven-, or eight-sided tube before being drawn. After the tubes are cut to bead size, the ends of the ridge between the adjacent sides are ground off. Produced in Bohemia, the Russian Blue bead did not appear in Alaska until just before Americans bought Alaska (1867). Russians traders acquired these beads from the American and English traders in exchange for furs. The Russian Blue beads are shaped into six-, seven- or eight-sided tube before being drawn. After the tubes are cut to bead size, the ends of the ridge between the adjacent sides are ground off. The result is a bead with eighteen, twenty-one, or twenty-four facets. Some deviations resulted in more or less facets.

Rain collection

We haven't had to use the watermaker once this summer. 
Talking with a long time resistant Steve Henninway, Jim was informed the summers seem to being getting wetter and wetter. We sure have had our share of rain this summer!

We did get one dry day to leave Fern Harbor and photograph a few whales along the way.