November 24, 2017

Friday Funny 11/24 (Petersburg....still?)

No thanks, really.

We are still in Petersburg, Ak. We meant to stay a week or so, but we've had so much fun, that we have stayed quite a bit longer. That's where Bill's favorite line comes in, "We have no schedule, and we're sticking to it."

You might be wondering what a Norwegians Only sign has to do with with our visit here. Petersburg is known as Alaska's Little Norway. It was founded over 100 years ago by Norwegian fishermen, and is named after Peter Buschmann, an immigrant who homesteaded here. He built a cannery, a sawmill, and a dock, and this homestead grew into the town of Petersburg. We are reminded of the Norwegian heritage everywhere we go.

Fish processing plant next to the harbor.

This sign is in a hardware store.

Rosemåling, or rosemaling is the name of a traditional form of decorative folk art that originated in the rural valleys of Norway. Rosemåling is a style of Norwegian decorative painting on wood that uses stylized flower ornamentation, scrollwork, lining and geometric elements, often in flowing patterns. (Wikipedia)

Rosemaling can be found everywhere in Petersburg.

Sidewalk at the harbor

It is embedded into sidewalks everywhere.

Sidewalk downtown.

Businesses have rosemaling painted on the front, some examples:

Office building


Downtown bar


A nice piece of artwork in the library.


The Sons of Norway have the oldest chapter in Alaska. Their building was constructed in 1912, and is now on the National Registry of Historic Places. They have a Viking ship, the Vahalla, and a Memorial to people lost at sea, on the adjoining deck. 

Low tide

This sign....

Guess what Fartsdemper means....  Speed Bump of course. 😁

BTW (by the way), our Thanksgiving table was quite resplendent. (Versus the photo in the previous blog post.) This was courtesy of being hosted by our new friends on SV Tonga, and these two lovely ladies, as well as their parents, one of whom was a highly acclaimed French Chef, (in a previous life). This was their first ever American Thanksgiving, and everyone enjoyed the large amounts of food, and great company.

Eva, and Louisa use their artistic talents.

It doesn't get any better than this!

Have you been to Norway? Do you like rosemaling, how about lutefisk? What was the best part of your Thanksgiving?

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November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! [Rerun...]

Dear family and friends, this is a republish of our post from last year[s] this time... [at least for those of you with good recollection skills...]

And we are re-wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! Again!

Why a reprint? Aren't you worthy of a new post?  Of course you are, but aren't these holidays pretty much the same each year?  The greetings, the menus, the company, the football games [or figure skating...], the photos, the stories, the personality disorders... [I'm not referring to you, of course...]

Need I go on...?

Therefore, being such traditionalists ourselves, we see no choice but to repeat what we already said...


In the past I even went so far as to always wear the same sweater to family gatherings each year to honor the holiday spirit! [And incite confusion in the future; Which year is this photo from? Look at that; Bill never changes...]

Its these kinds of considerations help make holidays timeless, don't you think?...

And for those of you with poor or selective memories, well, ignore this intro. [Heck, some of you may already be wondering how or why you slogged through to this point anyway...] Instead, just read on to our [new to you] holiday greetings, below...

So lets get to it, shall we?

Happy Thanksgiving! [Again!]

Many of you often [repeatedly...] share the sentiment [usually with a detectable hint of sadness...] of what it must be like to live a 'camping' lifestyle afloat- especially during traditionally family-holidays...

Well, as our fellow boaters know, it is really no different than on land. [And for the rest of you, it's not really much different than living in a small, cramped older travel trailer- sometimes in a trailer court or even a coveted Wallmart parking lot...]

We shop [and/or hunt, trap, and fish] days [or weeks, or months...] ahead selecting only the finest quality trappings for the meals- which are meticulously prepared- just like in a home...

And, as holiday tradition warrants, we are always prepared for the unexpected [oft repeating] guest(s.)

In essence, we eat our hearts out, and so should you...

Our [reprinted] photo epitomizes one of my favorite lines: [from Chevy Chase's movie Vacation]
 I don't know why they call this stuff Hamburger Helper; it tastes just fine all by itself...

Wish you were here...


November 17, 2017

Friday Funny 11/17 (Shocking News)


Except at 4:30am, I just wanted to go back to sleep.

We woke up early Monday morning when the electric heater in our aft cabin started to stutter. We were hearing the fan, and the thermostat rapidly turning off, and on. We were also hearing the induction plate in the galley beeping every time it powered off, and back on. Uh oh.... something's not right here.

Bill got up and shut off the heater, and the breaker switch to the outlets in the galley. All became quiet as we fell back into a restless sleep. We got out of bed about 7:00am, and Bill turned the galley outlets back on. He tried to use the induction plate to heat water for coffee, but the plate still didn't keep constant power.  It was time for an inspection of the breakers, power cord, and shore power pedestal. (After of course, using the propane stove to make coffee - coffee good, inspecting electricity in the morning without it - bad.)

You may/or not, recall we had a power issue several years ago, and Bill fixed it by putting the Smartplug on the boat, and boat end of the power cord. 

Much safer technology than the 1938 plugs that are still the standard, and currently in use today.

Things looked okay on the boat side, but this is what he found when he unplugged our cord from the dock pedestal.

Yipe -a -roonies!

This is what the dock connection looked like.


Notice the prong from the cord burned into the slot. I don't think this is what it's supposed to look like....  😟

Okay, shore power is off to the boat, it's a good thing the batteries are fully charged, and the diesel heater is working fine.

Our refrigeration is on battery power, so no problem.

Next on the agenda, is a trip to the Harbor Master's office, to let them know that the pedestal would need electrical repair, and a stop at the hardware store. Glorianne, the Harbor Master in Petersburg, says, "these things happen, I'll get an electrician on the way."  

We had two 30amp cords connected to reach from the boat to the power pedestal, and the connection point between the two cords was also fried, so Bill bought one new cord, because that's all they had on the shelf, and a new plug end for the cable that connects to the boat with the Smartplug.  

Here is what he found when he cut off the burned plug on the cord connected to the boat.

No good.

He probably cut off about five feet of cable, one foot at a time, to try and find good wire to connect to the new plug. We were wondering if we would have enough length to reach the pedestal. (These cables came with the boat when we bought her 3 years ago. We don't really know how old they are, so replacing them both is probably a good idea.)

Last week's "Power Play" photo. Look at how much extra cord we had.

There's not much extra cord on the dock, and the plug is tied to the bull rail, to keep it from slipping into the water. Saltwater, and electricity don't like each other very much. They don't have a good relationship, and argue all the time. 😆

The new cord has an indicator light on it.

The red dot is on.

The electrician completed his end about 4:00pm, and Bill had Denali Rose back on shore power by 5:30pm.  With batteries recharging, and the hot water heater on high, don't forget the Eddie Albert rule of 7, we're at the limit for the 30amp cord. Once the batteries were fully charged, the electric heat was turned back on. I'll add that when the short occurred, we weren't anywhere near our total of 7 for electrical devices running. (Aft electric heat - 3)

Power management is back to normal. This incident reminds me of a quote I heard recently, "Everything on a boat is broken, you just don't know it yet.

Does your power go out, what do you do when it happens? Are you prepared with flashlights, candles, water, or an alternate heating source?

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November 10, 2017

Friday Funny 11/10 (Power Play)


Sing along with me.... Green Acres is the place for me...  🎶. Now I bet you'll have that song stuck in your head for the rest of the day. You're welcome, and just in case you don't know what I'm talking about:

Green Acres was an American sitcom starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor as a couple who move from New York City to a country farm. The series was first broadcast on CBS, from September 15, 1965, to April 27, 1971. Wikipedia

It's pretty funny, as old sitcoms go, and you can watch it on youtube.

Bill found this video to help me understand our electrical system, when I tripped a circuit on Denali Rose, while running the aft heat, and my hairdryer at the same time. (With my short haircut, no dryer needed anymore.)

While the Hellship Denali Rose has been out and about, we usually plug into the shore power at the various docks we have visited. As part of our cruising supplies, we brought our 30amp cord, with an extension, and the 50amp, without an extension. In Petersburg, because of the distance to the power pole, we have had to use the 30amp, with extension. Unfortunately, we have been known to trip the dock breaker a time or two... or maybe three or four, who's counting anyway.

In Petersburg, our transient slip is next to a huge barge, and we have two 50ft 30amp cords out to reach the power pole.

Like Eddie Albert, we'll assign the 30amp cord a 7. Here's the rest of the assignments for the big items: (Note, these items are only used when plugged into shore power, with the exception of the washer, and dehumidifier, which we use when motoring.)

Forward electric heat - 3
Aft electric heat - 3
Mid electric heat - 3
Water heater - 2
Dehumidifier on low - 1
Dehumidifier on high - 2
Microwave - 3
Induction plate - 3
Wash machine - 1 (washer only, not dryer, we tend to hang items over dehumidifier on high.)

Here's a scenario, it's a chilly evening, Bill turns on the forward, and aft electric heat, mmmm, that feels good. It's dinner time, and we'd like baked potatoes, and pork chops smothered in gravy, mmm comfort food. It's so simple to throw a couple of bakers into the microwave, and cook for 4 minutes, while the pork chops and gravy simmer on the induction plate. Simple, easy, and oh so tasty.

Let's add it up - fwd heat 3, aft heat 3, microwave 3, induction plate 3, that's a big 12. Waaaayy over our limit of 7. Eva, you've done it again, click, all goes quiet. You can bet that when it's time to make a trip out to the dock breaker, to reset it, there will be rain, or wind, or snow, or all three. (Murphy at work.)

Of course we have alternatives to all of those high amp electrical devices. We don't really need to use the microwave, but our oven isn't working, so we could do instant potatoes, heating up two cups of water on the propane stove. We could also simmer the pork chops on the stove. It's just that the induction plate, and the microwave are so fast, and easy.

Microwave, and induction plate.

Here's the stove when the counter is slid out of the way.

That's a copper heat diffuser on the back burner.

We also have a diesel furnace, the Espar, which pipes warm air throughout the boat. We like to use the electric when using shore power though, that way we are putting less hours on the Espar, and saving diesel. Our Espar is an older, discontinued model, and if it one day decides it's done working, we'll be replacing it with a new one.

Well labeled panel, but hard to get a decent photo in the small locker. 

Here's the panel where we can check to see how many amps and volts are being used. It was labeled by the previous owners, notice the little red hearts, cute huh? They colored coded with orange and green which things to turn on when. If I trip a local circuit, this is where I turn it back on.

Lisa Douglas: [Lisa is pushing a vacuum cleaner around the front room of the house] Would you put your foot up... your foots up? Put your feets up. 
Oliver Douglas: What's the matter with the vacuum? 
Lisa Douglas: Nothing. 
Oliver Douglas: It's not making any noise. 
Lisa Douglas: Well it only makes a noise when it's plugged in. 
Oliver Douglas: Well if it's not plugged in, it's not going to pick up the dirt. 
Lisa Douglas: There isn't any dirt. 
Oliver Douglas: Well then why are you vacuuming? 
Lisa Douglas: I am not! It's not plugged in! 

Well, that's one way to avoid tripping breakers!

Do you ever plug too many things into one circuit? Do you know how to reset a breaker? Do you even want to know? 

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November 8, 2017

Black and White -the rest of the story.

The rest of the black and white photos from Facebook 7 day challenge. Days 4-7.

It was really hard to see the petroglyphs in the small Facebook photo, so you can see it better here. These petroglyphs are found near Petersburg, and Wrangell, and no one seems to know which group of ancient first nation did this or why.

Black and white petroglyphs

Color photo

The gang on tour.

Tour guide pointing out drawings.

One day in Petersburg, we went with some fellow boaters on a tour provided by the US Forestry Service. She thought we were a bit crazy coming out on such a windy/rainy day, and applauded our hardiness. We said we were all sailors, and if we waited for it to stop being windy and rainy, we wouldn't ever do anything.

Model of the area.

The Forestry Service had a model made of the area, the ancient fish traps, and the petroglyph rocks. We also saw the remains of the traps on the beach that were still there.

Black and white


I couldn't help but take a photo of this boat. My last name gets slaughtered so often, I'm used to it, and even though there's a "w" in it, (silent h), most often people say Roar. 

Black and white.

Haha, fooled you on this one, (probably not). It's an original black and white photo of the house my father built in Anchorage. No colorized version available. 

Black and white killer whale

The card I made.

I made this card for my brother David's birthday. Hopefully he has received it, and reads it before he sees this. I love Haida/Tlinget/Tsimisian art, and David loves orange, so I combined the two. I have several instructional books about how to use their forms, and shapes to draw, and I'm looking forward to trying it out. This one however, came out of an adult coloring book. Very fun!

Happy Birthday David!

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November 3, 2017

Friday Funny 10/03 (A Black and White World)

Do you remember?

You might remember these guys when they look like this:

In color.

I don't participate in Facebook challenges, or "repost this", very often, but my fellow cruising sailor, and blog friend, Melissa, (from Little Cunning Plan), signed me up for the "7 days of black/white photos that illustrate my life, no people, no explanations." 

I don't think of myself as a good photographer, I only have a small point and shoot.  My usual habit is take a bazillion photos, and hope that at least one or two will be fairly decent. I get lucky once in a while. For this challenge, it's been really hard to look at my photos, and then turn a few black and white. I don't know how to look at the shadow/play between light/dark and, I think they look much better in color. Maybe I should take a class sometime.

Day 1 - Looking down the Petersburg dock.


Nothing spectacular about the dock photo.... just a vanishing perspective in the fog that morning.

Day 2 Frederick Sound


We had just holed up in Portage Bay for two days, waiting out storms, and this was the calm weather the day we left. It was quite a difference from the previous day's weather pattern.

Day 3 Fish Sculpture


Head view

I couldn't pass up a chance to go into the Petersburg museum last Saturday. They have a nice collection of historical pieces that tell a story about the town. Look closely, this fish sculpture is made out of silverware, it's cool. Can you see the fins made out of forks, and the tail is made of knives? I think this would make a great figurehead on our bow, if we had such a thing.

I'm only on day 3 of my black, and white challenge, so you'll have to stay tuned for "the rest of the story"

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