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Alaska: Icy Strait

August 24, 2014 1 comment

Icy Strait Point is located on Chichagof Island, 1.5 miles away from the town of Hoonah. It is built around the restored Hoonah Packing company cannery complex. It features beaches, nature trails, museum, boardwalks and docks. It has some of the best whale watching in the state of Alaska, as well as a many bears. And, you can ride the world’s largest zipline, about a mile long and 1,300 feet altitude drop.

We enjoyed an early morning walk through the nature trail, followed by a walk to the old Hoonah town. We were lucky enough to see eagles, including a nest with two chicks. They were just about ready to leave the nest and fun to watch (but hard to photograph!) Also, we watched native artists carving doors for their new Lodge.

Early morning sunrise

Early morning sunrise

Us with ship in background

Us with ship in background

Mother eagle keeping a watchful eye on her chicks

Mother eagle keeping a watchful eye on her chicks

Eagle, landing

Eagle, landing

Eagle, master of the skies

Eagle, master of the skies

Showing the old tools

Showing the old tools

Carver at work

Carver at work

Kayakers on a trip

Kayakers on a trip

One, two, three, four.....

One, two, three, four…..

Local plants

Local plants

Romola found a friend

Romola found a friend

Ship and cannery museum

Ship and cannery museum

Old vs. new

Old vs. new

A peaceful lake

A peaceful lake

Orcas, Ospreys, and Eagles; Pig war

August 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Took the ferry to San Juan Island yesterday, we wanted to see the American and English Camps, site of the famed “Pig Wars” (more below).  It was a great day, with a nice hike up Young Hill for some panoramic views.  We also lucked out and saw several juvenile bald eagles, some ospreys in a nest (through a telescope), and a pod of Orcas heading for deeper water.  Too bad I didn’t take my telephoto lens…..

In 1818, the 49th parallel was established as the boundary between Canada and the USA.  Unfortunately, the border was ambiguous as to where it went through the San Juan Islands, and both English and US residents claimed ownership.  Finally, one of the US residents got tired of the pig owned by an Englishman rooting up his garden, and shot the pig.  This escalated into a full scale argument, and England sending troops.  The troops landed on the north of the Island, and established a camp there.  So, the US sent a garrison of Marines, who established an American Camp on the south of the island.

Over a period of 12 years, the almost-war between England and the US continued, until by mutual agreement Kaiser Wilhem of Germany was asked to arbitrate.  He ruled the Islands were US property, and the English moved out peacefully.  So for once we had a war with only one casualty: the pig.

English camp headquarters

English Camp, formal gardens

Cone flower in English Garden, with a bee

A view from Young Hill

Great sandwich, great location

American Camp headquarters

Looking over Grandma's cove, American Camp

Mt. Baker, from American Camp

Look close, middle of screen, down low.....

... cropped and enlarged view of surfacing Orca

Juvenile Bald Eagle

Mt. Baker, from the ferry back to Anacortes