Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
I caught a cousin, Drake (5 years old), in mid jump during the lowest low tide of the year (-4.4 feet, tied with one of the same in June). The distance from dock to beach measured a little over 3 feet at Kasaan, Alaska.
FYi: This makes 1,500 posts for New York Nitty-Gritty. Thank you for visiting!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
In Southeast Alaska, we have lots of islands and no roads between them. Gee, that would involve "bridges to nowhere", right?
Here we leave the mouth of the Karta River at high speed, en route to our next destination, aboard a 22 foot Boston Whaler®. You can see the outboard motor's power with your own eyes. Trust me, it goes even faster than it looks.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The first of several progressively bigger minus tides (especially low tide) happened this morning at 5:08 AM. You can see only a little space between the moored boats and the nearby beach at Kasaan Boat Harbor.
This morning's low tide was -0.9 feet. Thursday will have the biggest minus tide of -4.4 feet at 8:20 AM Alaska Time.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
It rained during the night and the morning yesterday, making unpainted totems change color due to water saturation. Here we see the Unity Pole in Kasaan, Alaska, from a similar angle to a previous post but with its new look.
UPDATE: Today, the Unity Pole got even wetter (below)
And, below, we see the Unity Pole after the rain stopped for a while, with one side dryer, due to wind direction:
Friday, July 17, 2009
A good friend, Don Wunsch, my Sophomore roommate at Seattle University, came out to Kasaan so we could brainstorm and begin our collaboration on a possible language project. Here we see Don as he takes a photo of one of the totems in the Kasaan Totem Park.
By the way, Don stands 6 feet 5 inches tall.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
This would be one of your first glimpses of the totems, as you walk the trail leading to Kasaan Totem Park (Alaska). Those of you who have visited the park before might recognize the pole on the right as containing the figure seen in yesterday's post.
You may also see how the weather has changed from blue sky to cloudy.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Here's a peek through some trees at part of the State Office Building in Juneau, Alaska. It's the yellowish one.
As I walked along taking photos, I had part of the Springsteen song going through my head:
This is your hometown
[all apologies to Bruce Springsteen, MY HOMETOWN]
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Plane mobile in a window at Ward Air, Juneau, Alaska...
A fellow classmate and friend from High School, Ed Kiesel, owns Ward Air and took a bunch of us on an Ice Cap Tour in a float plane. Of course, having lived here for so long, I had never done it before. It was great!
In the above photo, you see us flying over the famous Mendenhall Glacier. That's another classmate, Frank Cox, on the right.
Next time you're in Juneau, do yourself a favor and book a tour with Ward Air. Ed and the rest of his pilots will make you glad you did.
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Friday, July 03, 2009
Senator Mark Begich (D, Alaska) speaks in Juneau, Alaska, at the ANB Hall during the Native Issues Forum, co-sponsored by ANB (Alaska Native Brotherhood) Camp #2 and Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska Central Council. Before he spoke, I got a chance to meet Senator Begich and talked with him for a few minutes. I hope he does well.
(and, yes, I did shake his hand a couple of times.)