Posts tagged: Family Travel

A Successful Vacation

By , August 13, 2018

We returned from our Canada trip Saturday afternoon (see Get Out of Town!). We knew we had a good time, because, while we only left Haines around noon on August 9th, and returned on August 11th, we felt like we’d been gone a week or longer!

We went to Takhini Hot Pools (which you may know as Takhini Hot Springs—I guess it’s a copyright thing) and camped, spending a lot of time in the springs. That felt great! We didn’t find as much sunshine as Michelle craved, but the constant squalls between sunny breaks felt fantastic while we were in the tubs. There’s nothing like sitting up to your chin in hot water while rain falls hard on your head, raising splashes several inches off the water surface. At one point, we had dark purple storm clouds all around us, while we sat in the center of a sucker hole, bathed in sunlight as well as hot water (if you’re not familiar with the term, see Sucker Hole). On the final night, a double rainbow hung above the tubs, the brighter one as sharp and clear as neon lighting.

Yukon Suspension Bridge

The Yukon Suspension Bridge, between Whitehorse, Canada, and Skagway, Alaska (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Get Out of Town!

By , August 9, 2018

This week we celebrate Michelle’s birthday. As usual, it creates a certain amount of tension in the homestead. Autumn started for us on August 1st, but Michelle likes to retain the summer birthday of her childhood (see Ghost Ferns and Witchy Woods). She’s got the family whipped into shape, but she can’t change the weather!

Our monsoon season usually starts the second week of August, and this year has been no exception. We’re getting meaningful rain, thankfully and at last, but also high winds—high enough to make one large cruise ship reject a Skagway docking for a Haines docking, then fail to make that mooring before heading back south!

rainy weather

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” not in Southeast Alaska in August! (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger.)

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