Finally! I’ve made it to Haines. Being here was a big goal, as I know from this point, the threat of a big early snow (which I have been warned plenty about) is not likely and even if it did, it’s where the port is to catch the inside passage ferry which means it can snow all it wants now! I didn’t get snow, but I kind of wanted it to so I can do the “nanny nanny boo boo” dance.. ;-)) Instead it gave me lots of very cold rain and mother nature did the dance for me instead.. ha!
These houses were built between 1902-04 for the officers of Fort William H. Seward. The name of the first Army fort built in Alaska honors the man who had negotiated the purchase of Alaska from the Russians. A huge amount of history here, and staying in a tiny room in such a large house just gets my mind to wandering a bit too much.
Wolf skins for sale!! ??????????????
Haines is well known for bears bears bears !! As well as salmon and the American Bald Eagle Foundation..! I saw one post stating the Haines is the adventure capital of Alaska..I can believe it! Plenty to do here! I went to the American Bald Eagle Foundation and met the founder/director. What a great guy with so many questions for me about riding a motorcycle. His passion for the bald eagle and the foundation’s museum are very clear. A man in a wheelchair who humbly didn’t tell me who he was, his staff did. A few years ago, the building we are in caved in while under construction leaving him paralyzed. Not stopping him, if I can recommend any place to stop and see, it’s this one. The displays and animals are so well done, and will certainly clearly teach about every animal in this area as well as a very good looking rescued bald eagle you can meet. Here’s a link to his page: http://baldeagles.org/ Why no pictures from me? I ran out of the house I was staying so close by, excited for the eagle feeding, forgot the dag gone thing, and didn’t have time to go back and get it.
So the owner of the house I’m staying is very keen to find out if I’d like to see some grizzly bears… sure! Just need to ride the bike about 5 km down the road to Chilkat River, and I’m likely to see them feeding on the salmon.. I’m there!
A reminder of the land I am on.. part of the river bank is not to be walked on as a Native allotment.
And this is their peace totem.
His buddy got a nice red salmon.. maybe needs to teach his/her friend how to catch one too! 😉
Too cute! and amazing there is no fence around, the bears couldn’t give a crap about the humans standing so close for photos… it’s all about the salmon here!
Not only the seals, but the crows and seabirds are feasting away as well. This is the land of ABUNDANCE!
My time in Haines comes to an end far too early, as usual. Really, this is the official end to my time in the far north of the Americas on my bike. Kind of sad! However, I’m excited to get on this ferry as well. The rain is bucketing, and not having to ride through it all day long is a bonus. I’ll be well tucked away under the roof today.
The ferry arrives and I meet this guy who works on board right away, Hal. He’s so enthusiastic to see a lone female biker and straight away offers a house to stay with him and his wife in Juneau (my next stop on the ferry, where we have an overnight and change boats). One thing I can sum up about the people of Alaska, and my final example, they are super kind and helpful – always! Can’t say enough about my experience in this part of the world.. can’t wait to come back and do it again!