A lifestyle blog about life and living in Southeast, Alaska.
HAINES SUMMER NOWADAYS
May 19, 2017
If you live in Haines, or plan to visit, this is really the time to be here, besides maybe the end of July, when the Southeast Alaska State Fair is happening. Not only does nature awake from it's long winter nap but so does the town. If you walk down to the harbor you might see fisherman working on their boats or hanging their nets getting ready for the gill net season which opens June 15th. The first cruise ship is going to stop in next week, which brings in up to 2,000 passengers at a time. I love seeing the cruise ships dock at the Port Chilkoot harbor which we are lucky enough to have a view of from our house. It's a reminder to me that people from all over the world want to come and experience this beautiful place.
Seasonal restaurants are open now too. If you don't feel like cooking (which is very much my case now that I’m almost 7 months pregnant) a dinner fix is ready. The other day I told Charlie we were going to get pizza "to go" and he said "Why don't they deliver like they do in Juneau?" I forget all these "big town" luxuries that we simply don't have (or need). I first realized the impact that growing up in a small town had on Charlie when we were on the ferry heading to Juneau, he was 3 years old. He finally noticed the vending machine in the corner of the cafeteria that was loaded with plenty of treats and snacks. He was enthralled that you could put money in a machine and a treat would pop out. I think he stared at the machine the whole four and half hour ferry ride, maybe even asking passengers if he could put in their money.
Our little town of Haines has no stop light, no movie theater, no fast food drive-thru. It's something that I don't miss, nor feel like my kids miss out on living in a small town. It's a really big deal when our kids get to go to a drive-thru or a movie theater. Our kids prevail in other areas that maybe kids that live in cities don't get to experience. This last week Charlie got to walk a block and half to the beach from his preschool to go explore the tide pools. Just yesterday Loralai overheard my husband say he was going to head up to go bait the black bear site. "I want to go daddy" she sweetly said, and how could he say no? So she drove up the road, got to ride in the jet boat and take a short walk to the site which to their surprise a brown bear was waiting for them. But luckily it ran off when they got closer. Many kids ride freely on their bikes around town and to school. We (parents) all have each other's number so if a kid needs something, parents are usually a text or phone call away. My children are experiencing a childhood similar to mine that is virtually non-existent in other populated areas now. The freedom to walk to a neighbor’s house or Charlie getting to ride his four wheeler up and down our road, you just don’t get to do that in a lot of other cities nowadays. It's almost as if you step off the cruise ship or visit our town, you get to experience how growing up for kids used to be 20 or 30 years ago.
Our beautiful town is feeling vibrant, the spruce tips are budding, the cherry blossoms are blooming, and bon fires are a nightly event that we look forward to! We have so much to appreciate in our little community during our short but busy Alaskan summers!
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!