Our natural history–spawning coho part 3

Our natural history–spawning coho part 3

On Friday, November 25, 2011 we returned to the same stretch of creek and discovered five adults and several smaller...

Our natural history–spawning coho part 2

Our natural history–spawning coho part 2

Loretta Rihtamo and I returned to the spawning creek today anxious to see if more coho had arrived.  If sharp...

Our natural history–spawning coho

Our natural history–spawning coho

Yesterday, I was with a small group that was fortunate enough to come upon what was probably a female coho...

Dan, Sointula's smithy

Sointula Forge

The art of Blacksmithing is an ancient one and for centuries it was the only metal working profession. The methods have changed very little. A smith described in the Bible would be able to comprehend what was happening at a 21st Century forge.

Sointula Dragonboaters in Broughton Strait

Lohikäärme (Lucky Karma) Arrives in Sointula

While the enthusiasm for Dragon Boating is new to Sointula, the passion in our community for boats and paddling on the ocean is as old as Sointula. In an article in the Aika from January 1, 1904, cofounder of Sointula, A.B. Mäkelä laments about his delight with his boat Dragon (which in Finnish is Lohikäärme). In his words translated into English, “ That Dragon is just a simple thing, but much lies in it. It holds in visible form exactly the things I enjoy here the most: freedom and independence from the rest of the world… I don’t know if this longing for complete and infinite freedom is as strong in other people as it is in me.”