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After our day at sea cruising Glacier Bay, we stopped at port at the small town of Haines. You may not have heard of Haines (I had not), because it’s not a major port. Most cruise ships in the area stop instead at the nearby town of Skagway. My husband heard that there is a “cruise ship lottery” of sorts, and that our ship had drawn the short stick, and that’s why we ended up at Haines rather than Skagway. He preferred to see the more popular town, so he took a ferry there. But the ferry cost over $70 per person, so the rest of us opted to remain in Haines.
You can see that the town has a certain charm.
I’ve written earlier about our first stop in Haines, The American Bald Eagle Foundation. After that, we walked around town, going into some shops and making small talk here and there with employees. Alaskans do seem to be a bit different from the typical people you meet here in the contiguous 48 — independent people. Many of them said they were not born in Alaska, but visited for some reason, fell in love with the place, and have lived there ever since.
Haines Hammer Museum
My husband had done some pre-trip research, and had discovered that Haines’ claim to fame was its Hammer Museum. Yes, a museum devoted to hammers. It wasn’t high excitement to me, but I’ll have to admit that it was charming in a quirky way.
Haines Indian Arts
The girls and I hiked up a steep road to the area where Fort Seward had stood. There was a building there that the touristy-guy at the dock had recommended to us. We went inside, and saw some Indian Arts — totem poles in progress, Indian masks being made …
Of course, this being Alaska, there were plenty of boats and fishing gear in view (and a gorgeous view it was).
I don’t know why, but this picture is reminding me of the book The Shipping News — although I know, I know. That book is set in Newfoundland, way on the other side of Canada. Similar latitude, though, maybe?
Then, it was back to the ship. I know I’m not typing a lot here, but with views like this, I figure you’d enjoy photos more than commentary anyway.
Back on the Zaandam, Mom and I went to a talk by Heather Lende. I’d never heard of her, but she is an author who lives in Haines. She lived in New York for her first 20 years or so, and has lived in Haines ever since. That was quite a culture shift, as you can imagine, and her books (which focus on life in Haines) sounded interesting. I plan to read them, although I haven’t yet.