Category: Homesteading

Jetsam

By , August 25, 2018

We’ve been seeing a lot of flotsam in the water out in Lynn Canal in the last month, and a whole lot of jetsam on the beaches.

The Katzehin River, about 3 miles across Lynn Canal from our cabin, originates from Meade Glacier in the Coast Range. Meade comprises the northwest tip of the vast Juneau ice field, a glacial body larger than the state of Rhode Island.

Meade, like most glaciers and ice fields in our area, melted heavily over the last summer. This caused an odd coincidence of hot, dry weather, and repeated flood warnings. Meade’s melt water apparently flooded a good deal of the shores of the Katzehin, flushing trees, both alive and dead, into Lynn Canal.

This means that just about every day we can see a couple of large trees sailing south. Many of them end up in Mud Bay, stranded by the flood tide.

A lot of them end up on our beach. This can be good and bad.

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A small sample of the tide line deposit in front of the homestead (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Gray Water Muck Out

By , August 15, 2018

A week or so ago, our shower drain clogged. That’s not a big deal; we keep a plunger in the corner of the shower stall, and one often gives it a few plunges in the middle of a shower. This time, the clog came right back. Soon, we had standing water in the stall, with only slight draining.

We had a problem!

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Mark hit gray dirt…er, pay dirt! (Photo: Michelle L. Zeiger).

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