The first freeze of winter
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 there floating forlornly in Hoonah Harbour. So I'm heading back to England to get back into my warm bed beside Marie... she 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. 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. Alaska in the wintertime is cruel and frozen, England is where my wife, grandson and daughters are, it's where I should be...
Dave - Hoonah, Alaska, November 2016
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