Water Pressure is dropping in Haines

P1030288Last night there was a large volume break in the water system of some sort. At this time, it looks localized to me and is near the Post Office.

Currently,  we still have a trickle of water and we’ve filled all the large containers in the house. I also went down to the boat and got a blue five-gallon container for drinking water—the type that is often used for roadside or canoe camping. Incidentally, the type that I think would really be nice for folks to have over in Japan during their displacement time right now.

To me, and I’ll admit I know almost nothing about the water system it looks like the flow of an 8-12 inch water line dumping into the ditch just southeast of the PO, and pouring into the block that holds the PO, the Eagle Foundation and Dusty Trials.

Our City water people and other employees are down there digging down into the frozen ground to investigate and repair the break situation.  These are well trained hard working folks that have a can-do attitude. So I would not be surprised if they figure out a way to stem the flow soon. One of my favorite things to photograph is people working hard to succeed in harsh conditions. I haven’t done much of that lately, thankfully, due to good planning and what seems like good infrastructure here in Haines.


Above ground, there is not much to see unless one looks in the ditch.

I just checked the water flow and it seems to have increased almost back to the normal level. Cool.

Mark was not feeling on-top-of-the-weather this morning, so Holly stayed with him during church and we swapped off for Sunday school.

Museum: Movement and Art in the Classroom


On Friday, we went to the Sheldon Museum for the opening to their latest show by Kerry Cohen and Irene Hofling.


It was really fun. A combination of art and photos that involved the grades k-2 at the Haines Elementary and also students at Mosquito Lake.


My favorites of the show were the colorful paintings.


I really liked the shapes.


Also, I really liked that Mark had been involved with some of the creations and that he’d had a fun time them. Regrettably, I cut his hair recently and lopped of a bunch of the fun curls accidentally with the Flow-Bee but he still has a great smile.


We went on a little drive out to Letnikof Cove today after church. It was a glorious sunny day and everyone was getting along in the car.


Whereas it was quite windy, it was nothing like the last week’s wind, and the boys were all smiles as they played on the dock-floats that have been pulled for the winter.


With the boys getting along in the back seat, and everyone happy, Holly and I were in smiling at each other. She said, “I’m thinking we’re going to have to buy that minivan we’ve been dreaming about sooner rather than later”—if the we want the drives to be filled with harmony, was the unspoken text.


The ice build-up on the waterfalls is getting pretty amazing. Here’s a picture of Mark Daniel to give the ice some scale.


The boys went down to the water’s edge and played on the tiny surf a bit and actually spotted a lot of dead fry of some species on the rocks and then scores of them drifting along with the tide.


It was pretty cool. We need to go out there more—and I need to learn more about the local fish.


Here’s Mark with some of  the dead fish—never mind about the bad exposure—I was using my Lumix DMC-ZS7 Point-n-Shoot. Which is the perfect camera for this type of outing with its 16x optical zoom and HD video.


JC had a good time too.

Davis Family singing at Grace Harbor

On Christmas Eve we sang a special during the service and I asked a random dude in the chair across the isle from us to film us using my Point-n-shoot camera in HD.

Singing: John & Peggy; Betty & Cliff Richter; Jack, Jennifer, John, Joy, Joanna, & Jessica; Andy, Rhoda, Buddy, Carter, & Christiane; Matt, Holly Mark, Luke & John.

After the initial shaking of the video camera, it settles down to a steady picture—I did not have a tripod or even a monopod, so I think the video guy actually did amazingly well from the back of the sanctuary.

Here’s the Video:


The Davis Family sings at Grace Harbor Baptist Church

I’ve often thought it’d be fun to sings songs with my three sons, and seeing how fun it has always been to sing with my immediate family, and now with the extended family, I look forward to singing with Mark, Luke, and John, when they can sing harmony parts.

I do wish that Bob, Margaret & John had been there to sing with us.

Lunar Eclipse: Photo by Ron Horn

On Monday night, all over the Americas, and in Alaska, specifically around 9:30 or so there was a Lunar Eclipse. Here in Sitka the skies were clear, the lake near Betty’s house is frozen with almost no snow at all, so the town is out there skating around all day. In the evening there was a whole crowd out there skating and watching the eclipse of the moon.

I tried to take a good picture of the moon using my cheap little point and shoot with no tripod, but it was no good.  I wish I’d had a tripod and my 100-400mm L f/5.6, but oh well…

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Here’s a shot that Ron Horn took: 700mm ISO 200, f/5.6, 1 second.

Be sure to tell Ron what a good job he did on this shot.

Delayed Trip to Sitka

P1020349We were bumbed that the Fairweather was cancelled for our trip to Juneau on Saturday, but had the Kennicott to look forward to on Sunday evening. Bob & Margaret arrived at 6:30 AM on Sunday and reported that the winds were at 67 knots at Eldred Rock.

At Church on Sunday the boys looked great in their new shirts, well as good as boys look when they’ve been playing all morning and having selected their pants without guidance. I guess I’ve always figured that boys in particular should be concentrating on playing and getting along rather than being fastidious about their appearance.

P1020341I’d cut their hair on that morning. it was bad enough fighting with John Caleb as I cut his hair with the Flowbee. But I was shocked and horrified when, as I was cutting his bangs, he jerked his head forward, nodding his head.


You can see the result in this picture to the right with the uneven bangs, especially right above the right eye. One wild thing about the whole hair-cutting fiasco is that he still looks really cute, perhaps especially because of the toddler looking hair-cut.

The Kennicott is a great passenger vessel and there were tons of Hainesites aboard. We had a great time. The movies were Toystory 3 and Santa Clause, Mark sneaked into the theater. Wow. P1020350I really liked the theater in the Kennicott as it has a sloped floor with regular theater seats in it—although a bit shorter in the back than I prefere, it makes me want to build a room with a theater in it, although we watch about 2 hours of screen time a week.


The Cafeteria opened up at 6 PM and the best buy I found was the Frechetta Pizzas for $1 each. Wow. I’d like to have that for lunch every day.

P1020363As soon as we got to Juneau, we sent Holly ahead to check get on the stand-by list for the Fairweather the next day at 8 AM. We were bumbed that the Fairweather trip was athe next day in the mornign and we’d missed out on our Costco run and Juneau shopping, but the car was pretty much full anyway.

Getting up at 5 Am to leave a hotel for departure is never really fun, but it’s even less fun when on stand-by

P1020371We used Price-Line to secure a room in Juneau for $65 a night plus tax, but then we messed up and didn’t get the cancellation insurance for $5 per night so we paid for two nights.

One of the best things about leaving Haines is the sunsets. RARELY in Haines is there a decent sunrise or sunset, I took this picture from the back of the Kennicott with my little Panasonic DMC-Z7S, which is  fine for casual family shots and really nice for sunsets as it has a 12x power lens.


The Fairweather really is a beautiful boat. I just wish they’d spent less money on the sunroof and wood floors, and the glossy paint, and more money on the thickness on the metal on the bulkheads on the bow so its runs wouldn’t be cancelled SO FREQUENTLY in the winter. I’d much rather have a stout plain looking boat that is dependable and consistent than a fancy boat that has so many cancelled runs.


Holly brought along plenty of books to read to the boys for the 5-hour trip to Sitka, which really beats the  nine-hour length trip to Sitka on the the slow ferry. The movie playing in the kids room was How to Train Your Dragon, which is a great movie and gets my whole-hearted recommendation with not only great action, flight scenes, and cinematic beauty but a great message as well. The flight scenes are reminiscent of the flight scenes in Avatar. Wonderful. Exciting Flight scenes.

Who’s gonna’ play with me?


We just got back from the Christmas Bazzar at the Gym. The weather is AWFUL. Simply horrid. The snow is coming down in thick heavy flakes that melt when they hit the ground, the snow is already a foot deep. All our out-door gear is soaked.

We just shoveled the drive. Holly came in and flopped down on the couch. Immediately, John Caleb wanted to play. He climbed up on her and said, “Mama, who’s gonna’ play with me? Nobody?”

Then he smiled, “Or Yesbody?” He laughed. We all laughed.

Holly got up and played with him.