A Moment to Enjoy the Mountains

By , March 11, 2010

Tuesday, around 5:00 p.m., I stepped outside and caught a glimpse of sun on the Coast Range across Lynn Canal from our homestead. With the weather as wild as it’s been lately, I ran down to take a photo as soon as I could, before the light changed.

The Coast Range in the early evening sun, March 9, 2010 (Mark Zeiger photo).

As always, I regret that our cameras don’t capture the magnification we see. In my eyes, each of the sunlit peaks tower high above the surrounding mountains, which in turn appear much higher in person than they do in photos. I like this photo, but it doesn’t do justice to what we actually see here.

The weather continued to be erratic the next day. When we went to bed the yard was dry, and the stars bright. The next morning, we awoke to several inches of snow (and a flocked woodpile, which I hadn’t bothered to retarp) and the mountains across the canal had completely disappeared. Mail delivery must still be backed up—the movies didn’t arrive Tuesday, so I still haven’t seen my much-anticipated disaster movie. Using the Internet required frequent trips to sweep snow off the satellite dish.

Not that I’m complaining! We’re home, safe and dry, able to go out or stay in as we please. And the view is ever changing, and always spectacular. That is The Good Life, no doubt about it.

2 Responses to “A Moment to Enjoy the Mountains”

  1. Beth Skeen says:

    Hello. I’m writing from East Tennessee where I live with my husband and 7 year old son. (I also have two daughters; 21 and 19 years old)
    With your recent movie comments, I decided to come out of lurking and introduce myself. (I’m a big movie buff)

    My husband (Mark) and I have slowly been trying to turn to a more self-sustaining lifestyle with the desire of relocating to more seclusion and “off the grid” in 5 or 6 years.
    We have spent the last several years traveling to “scout out” locations. (Have yet to find, what I call, “our tribe”. LOL)
    I’ve always had a fantasy (and mental image) of Haines Alaska. (Which will FINALLY get to travel to this upcoming June!!)

    My hubby and I both are frequent followers of sites such as Mother Earth News, Self Reliance Exchange, etc. I love to follow your blog and read about the life you and your family live.
    (I would consider us “Zeiger Wanna-Be’s” :~)

    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the movie 2012.

    Thanks for the willingness to share your life, most especially your photographs (I loved your shot of Kakuhan Range in early morning)
    I wish you and you family nothing but continued peace and happiness!

    Beth Skeen

  2. Mark Zeiger says:


    Where do angels like you come from, to encourage the poor blogger just at the point where he’s wondering if it’s worth the bother? (Well, from Tennessee, apparently–says so right here!). Thanks so much for your wonderful comments.

    As I often stress, this lifestyle isn’t for everyone, but it’s so rewarding for the few! I understand Tennessee has some places similar to ours (without the ocean, of course). I tend to think of the lower 48 as being largely paved over, but once, when threatened with a job opportunity in your state, we did some research, and found that you do, in fact, have forests. I hope you find a place that’s perfect for you and your family, where ever that might ultimately be.

    I too am anxious to hear my thoughts on 2012! My plan for an extra trip to town today has been foiled, so I’ll have to wait till Saturday to pick it up, which means I probably won’t see it till Sunday. I hope it’s worth the wait.

    Thanks again for your encouragement!


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