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A Rainy Day in Haines

Friday, July 20, 2007

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We wake up to the sound or rain…ugh. We really enjoyed the last two days of nice weather, but today it is raining and will continue to rain all day :-(

Rainy day, so I do the laundry. Then after breakfast Jere and Joe walk down the street to see the salmon canning tour. No pics since they neglected to take the camera, but they both enjoyed it.

After they return, Jere takes a drive down to the tire store to see if they have a tire to fit our trailer. Like the other two places he phoned in Haines, they don’t stock our size. Hopefully we’ll find a tire (to replace the one that blew out near Destruction Bay) in Juneau.

We go out for lunch – halibut again – and then take off for the post office to see if they have our mail. They do not have mail delivery in Haines. Everyone goes to the post office for their mail. The RV park manager picked up their mail at 10am this morning and our mail hadn’t arrived yet, so she said to go over and ask the post office to see if it came in. It did! The post office worker is not happy about looking for it, but he does. Not sure why, but the priority mail envelope and all the contents are damp--I think the small plane that flew the mail in today must have a leak :-)

We get a few groceries and then have some R&R time til dinner. We were hoping the rain would stop after dinner, but it is still raining after dinner.

We decide to take a drive anyway and drive down to Chilkat State Park, south of Haines. There are two glaciers visible from the park. The one glacier has a huge waterfall underneath and is really pretty, even in the drizzle.

We also drive by a cannery along the bay that is very picturesque.

We were hoping to walk around the Ft Seward part of Haines today and the fairgrounds where the move “White Fang” was filmed. So we drove around those sections of the town, in the rain.

We return to the trailer to watch TV, etc. Then at 11:45pm Jere and Joe go to bed while I walk into town to buy the new (and last) Harry Potter book. There are about 25 of us hanging out in the small bookstore til midnight (he opened the store early because of the rain), when the owner thanks us for supporting his small independant bookstore (instead of Amazon) and by 12:30 we all have our books. Instead of mobs of people at a local Barnes & Noble, it is nice to be offered milk and cookies while I wait for my number to be called to purchase my book. One of the benefits of a small Alaskan town :-)

I walk back to the trailer at 12:30am and it is actually dark out. The town has good street lamps and no crime. My only concern is the bears, but I see none on the 10 minute walk back to the trailer.

Posted by jengelman 13:48 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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