Frozen Alaska

Sänna Hoonah

Alaska is starting to freeze and it’s much too cold for an ageing Englishman to keep warm. Sänna is cleaned, wrapped up and winterised ready to withstand the long cold winter ahead. Her sails are down, electrics safely turned off and water supplies all disconnected ready for the big freeze. She’s been a pig to me through the summer and our love affair has sometimes been sorely tested but I’m sorry to leave her floating there forlornly in Hoonah Harbour. So I’m heading back to England to get back into my warm bed beside Marie, she herself left Hoonah a short while ago with Henry who, would you believe, is now fifteen. We’ve had a magical time this summer the three of us…

Hoonah, we’ve decided, is going to be our home port for the foreseeable future, until we decide when to make our attempt to transit the arctic’s northwest passage. Maybe we can think about it next year although Henry has his school GCSE exams and Marie rightly wants to be around. Afterwards there’s no reason why Henry can’t come with us to see if we can make it through. We need more crew though, so if you think you could do it then….

In the meantime, now, Hoonah is a beautiful place set deep in the Alaskan wilderness, in the mountains, forests and remote islands of this incredible part of the world. We can easily stay here with the numerous friends we’ve made, Alakans who don’t suffer fools too easily. But Alaska in the wintertime is cruel and frozen, England is where my wife, grandson and daughters are, where I should be…

Dave, Hoonah, Alaska November 2016

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7 thoughts on “Frozen Alaska

  1. Alaska in the winter has a majestic beauty all its own but yes family I have also found is definitely where one belongs, thanks for the wonderful posting and photographs.


    1. Ted! My good friend, it’s so good to hear from you again. How are you? Because of US Customs regulations we have to take Sänna south into British Columbia around April or May next year for at least fifteen days… we could easily head your way. You around?


  2. Dave, I absolutely agree with you, England is where you should spend your winter, although spending just one winter in Alaska might add to your perspective and appreciation for Sanna’s piggish and stubborn insistence of acting in your best interest, especially when the chips are down… or flying… whatever the case may be. Thank you for making Claudia’s and my visit to Moreton-in-Marsh a very special evening. We both appreciate the serious effort the two of you made to join us. Thank you… Can’t wait to walk the paths of Sherwood Forest with you two!


    1. I still can’t believe, after all the time we spent together in Hawaii, our paths should cross again in little Moreton-in-Marsh. True England eh? Of course, Robin Hood is still alive living secretly in the woods and is a very good friend of mine. His wench, Maid Marion, makes a delicious venison stew but has never got over that business with Errol Flyn and Kevin Costner. We’d love to see you both again Eric and you must head our way next time.


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