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