The Zeiger Family Homestead*
Haines, Alaska

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*One can no longer legally homestead in the traditional sense of claiming land and "proving it up" until ownership is granted by the government. Homestead is not really the proper term for this property, but hey, look at the pictures! What would you call it?

We are the Zeiger family (rhymes with "tiger"). We live on a homestead in Southeast Alaska.

We occupy 10.62 acres of forested land with about 700 feet of ocean waterfront. The compound includes a 2-story main cabin, a 1.25 story cottage, a workshop/storage shed, chicken coop, greenhouse, smokehouse and root cellar. We have a large garden and a dual-source water system. A photovoltaic array and wind generator provide our electricity.

The land is south of Haines, 1.25 miles across Mud Bay, over the ridge, and down to the very edge of Lynn Canal, America's deepest and most spectacular fjord. To get to town, we hike if the tides are low enough, or canoe and kayak around the point. There's no road to the property.

Zeiger Family 2017
Mark, Aly, and Michelle, a portrait from 2017.

Zeiger Homestead Cabin
The homestead cabin. See what it looks like inside.

We bought the property in early 2005 after first seeing it December 2004. We sold our house in Juneau, Alaska, left our jobs, and moved to the property mid-August 2006. Michelle and Aly work part time for a local tour company, and Mark develops freelance Web sites and runs a micro-publishing company via Internet, but we make our living mostly through subsistence, growing and gathering as much of our own food as possible. Our daughter, Aly, was home schooled through high school.

The cabin seen from the water

Our property includes a very rocky waterfront. Behind the cabin the property rises steeply. We have some cliffs, and a rocky knoll at the top of the ridge with a spectacular view.

The solar array and wind generator that power our homestead. This is 21st Century pioneering!

A February morning from our veranda.
sunrise over the Coast Range

Aurora Borealis over the same view.
aurora borealis

The view from the knoll high above the cabin compound.
View from the top of the property

Southern edge of the property looking back. Buildings barely appearing left to right: boathouse, greenhouse, tip of cabin roof.
The "veranda" is just below where the tree line ends at the beach.

Most of our beach is cliff, about 20 feet high on the north edge, somewhat less on the south. These drop down to a shelf that's exposed at about a zero tide or less. The shelf slopes quickly downward, then at a certain point drops off into the 80 fathom depths of Lynn Canal.

Below you can see the shelf exposed looking north and looking south, at about a -4.6 foot low tide, the second lowest tide of 2008.
Low Tide looking North Low Tide Looking South

We believe we've found the end of the rainbow!
Rainbow on Lynn Canal

Learn more about our life, see more photos of our homestead, and read our blog by following the links at the top of the page.

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