Same Old Summer Solstice

By , June 25, 2017

We tend to make a fuss over the solstices, summer and winter. Winter Solstice is easy in many ways—the darker the better. Summer Solstices, in Southeast Alaska, tend to be a little less dramatic.

Our Summer Solstice, which fell on June 20th once again, 8:56 p.m. Alaska Time, just before 1:00 a.m. June 21st for everyone who relies on their calendar, which inevitably shows these events in East Coast Time, seemed unusually cool and wet. We discussed it as Michelle and Aly prepared to go to town for work, and agreed that it seemed less “summery” than previous years.

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Bear on the Homestead

By , June 22, 2017

Wednesday evening, Michelle called upstairs, “There’s a bear on the beach!”

Aly and I clattered down the stairs to join her in our bedroom, where she watched out the window. Across the garden, we could see a young brown bear wandering down our beach toward the cabin.

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