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.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Nothing like Fresh halibut!!!

My kind of fishing...a beautiful anchorage, hook hanging from the handline,  crew reading and knitting while waiting for the snap of the line!!
Yahoo, 22.5 lbs, 40"!!!

Looking for adventure!

After 4 days of big city life...(population maybe 50) we are ready for more peace and quiet.

We did have a great time making new friends and celebrating the 4th with S/Y Su An from East Germany and S/V Proximity, from California.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

4th of July

Happy 4th from Elfin Cove! What a day, community breakfast, parade, Humpy toss, bobbing for Humpy heads, the greased pole, chili cookoff and of course a potluck!!
Biggest prize over $$1,300 for grabbing the flag at the end of the pole.
Two long distance crusing sailboat crews joined us for a memorable day!!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Perfect in every way!

Peaceful,  beautiful,  relaxing and Yummy all rolled up into one anchorage.

The weather has  been on and off sunny. The view has been obscured with rain and fog but the wildlife pays no attention, harbor porpoises,  eagles, brown bears, loons still visit.

Halibut for lunch and dinner- now this is fresh.

Reading, fishing,  Ham radio, making pretzels,  playing chess and of course knitting has kept the crew occupied.  Then there is the daily boat maintenance.

Awwwww, perfect in every way.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Close Encounter of the whale kind!

We dropped the anchor and were greeted by sea lions, harbor porpoises, loons and a humpback whale!

All of which were extremely close to the boat and of course neither of us had our cameras ready.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Setting sail!!

We are sailing off into the sunset for the next 2 months!! No wifi, no internet, no cell service! Got hooks, needles, yarn and cameras!!
See you in August with lots of fun new photos!! Have a great summer everyone! !

Friday, May 26, 2017

Beauriful day!

Pioneer Home in Sitka, Ak

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The truth about hunting in Alaska!

Subject: Alaska Wildlife Management & HJR69

Dear Ms. Hartman

Thank you again for calling with your questions about the repeal of the federal rule. The repeal simply nullifies new regulations in effect since last September that allowed the federal government to override state wildlife management authority on Alaska’s 16 wildlife refuges. Contrary to what some activists have claimed, it does not allow hunters to gas wolf pups in their dens, to shoot bears and wolves from airplanes, or allow bears to be taken in steel-jawed traps.

With regard to your question about taking bears in dens, nothing in the regulations has changed. As I mentioned in our conversation, the harvest of black bears at dens is allowed under state and federal regulations in a limited, very remote wilderness area where the practice is considered customary and traditional for obtaining food. The harvest is small and carried out mostly, if not entirely, by Alaska Native people who have taken bears in dens for thousands of years. It is not a common or popular hunting method and is not employed by the general hunting community. To learn more about this practice and the people who undertake it you might consider reading the book “Shadows on the Koyukuk,” by Sidney Huntington and Jim Rearden, which details the subsistence lifestyles of the people of the Koyukuk River Basin, where this is allowed.



Here is some more information that may be of interest to you:

Q. DOES THE STATE OF ALASKA PERMIT AERIAL GUNNING OF BEARS?
A. Aerial hunting of bears is prohibited under general hunting regulations. Bears may be taken from the air in state-approved intensive management programs in limited areas by state staff only. The state is not conducting intensive management for bears on any federal lands, nor was it prior to the FWS rule.

Q. DOES THE STATE OF ALASKA ALLOW AERIAL HUNTING OF WOLVES?
A. Aerial hunting of wolves is prohibited under general hunting regulations. Only agents of the state in approved intensive management programs in limited areas may hunt wolves from the air. There are no state intensive management programs on National Park Service or FWS lands.

Q. DOES THE STATE OF ALASKA PERMIT THE GASSING OF WOLF PUPS?
A. This is prohibited under general hunting regulations.

Q. DOES THE STATE OF ALASKA ALLOW THE DENNING OF BEARS AND/OR CUBS?
A. The harvest of black bears at dens is allowed in a limited area under state and federal regulations where it is considered a customary and traditional practice for obtaining food.

Q. DOES THE STATE OF ALASKA ALLOW DENNING OF WOLVES OR WOLF PUPS?
A. No. This can occur only in approved intensive management programs and only by state staff. It was done in one program in 2008 and 2009.

Q. DOES THE STATE OF ALASKA PERMIT THE TAKING OF BEARS OVER BAIT?
A. Yes. The harvest of bears over bait is a form of regulated take in many areas of Alaska and the Lower 48 states. The Federal Subsistence Board also allows federally qualified subsistence users to harvest bears over bait on federal land.

Q. DOES THE STATE OF ALASKA ALLOW BEARS TO BE TAKEN IN STEEL-JAWED TRAPS?
A. No.

Q. WILL THE STATE BOARD OF GAME AUTHORIZE PREDATOR CONTROL IN REFUGES?
A. No, only the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can authorize predator control programs in refuges.

*For more Q&A on this subject, visit http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=hottopics.res69



I hope this information helps. Thank you again for your phone call.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Bear back!!

A little privacy please!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

In search of whales!!

Found some gray whales but don't strain your eyes trying to see them in my bad photos!!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017