Getting there wasn’t easy. We flew from Tampa to Seattle to visit a friend there, overnighting at the Seattle Marriott near the airport for a morning flight that went through Vancouver to Prince Rupert, where the airport is on an island, necessitating a bus to a ferry, then a ferry ride to the Crest Motor Hotel for another overnight. The next morning after a tour of the city and the countryside, we finally boarded the yacht.

The passengers included a retired physician and his wife, two bankers, a social worker and massage therapist who were starting their own retreat, and a now rich man who had helped start a computer company in a garage and his wife, plus us as writer and photographer. The crew consisted of captain, mate, chef, naturalist, two waitresses who also took care of cabins, and a naturalist trainee.

The 105-foot Safari Spirit is very impressive vessel, with beautifully appointed state rooms and a richly furnished salon. Our cabin had twin beds, private bath with shower, individually controlled thermostat, a dressing table, chest of drawers, two hanging lockers, and plenty of room. There were windows, but high so they had no view. Our stateroom was very quiet. (The two aft cabins, closer to the engine, had some vibration and noise when the yacht was underway.) The most elegant staterooms were on the Bridge Deck with king-size bed and large sliding glass doors to a balcony.

It was indeed, as the brochures said, not like traveling on a big cruise ship, but like cruising in your own private yacht. In fact, I hung out at the helm station most of the time we were underway, getting the captain’s eye of the voyage, following our course on the charts, and hearing stories of how whales migrate and the captain’s and mate’s experiences swimming with whales on research voyages. On two afternoons I even got to take the wheel for an hour or so.

The Safari Spirit was an intimate way to see the heart of Alaska up close and personal. We learned just how up close and personal on the first evening when we made our first exploring run in the ship’s zodiac. We had arrived in Foggy Cove, which indeed it was, with mist rising all around, the water flat and still, and the scenery as serene as a Japanese painting. I was huddled behind the naturalist, shaking with cold (I had just come from Florida and was wondering why I hadn’t worn long underwear and a full-length alpaca coat), when we saw the bear. It was a brown bear (you tell by the teddy-bear shape of the face and shoulder hump more than the color – black bears have a pointed face and no hump). It was grazing on grass in a flat meadow along the shore (bears eat mostly grass in the spring, eat salmon at spawning time in the fall). We shut off the outboard engine and quietly glided close to shore, watching the bear and the bear watching us. We sat entranced for quite a while, until the bear decided to check us out more closely and came out on a log just a few feet from us, at which point we quickly got out of there. We saw many bears on other days, but this one was special because it was our first, and it was so close.

We spent the night at anchor in the cove, and the next day explored some more by zodiac and by kayak. Then we cruised to Ketchikan and checked out the museum and other high spots there, luckily on a day when none of the big ships were in port.

Monday morning we left early, cruising through the Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness and arrived in Yes Bay, again with mirror-like calm water. Then three at a time we took a floatplane sightseeing tour of the area, where we flew over mountain lakes, and saw long stretches of ice fields and glaciers, and mountainsides with occasional mountain goats on craggy slopes. In the evening was more kayaking, more zodiac exploration, and a hike to a waterfall.

Going through these remote waterways to secluded bays and coves was wonderful. We took deep breaths of the fresh air and looked hard at the incredible scenery to imprint the views on our memory. We seldom saw another boat. Mostly we saw virgin forests, dotted by an occasional village or fishing lodge. Every bend around the next point meant another glimpse of awesome scenery. The passengers tried to figure ways to rate the views:”5 wows”, “5 ahhs”, “incredible”, “awesome”, “mystical”.

In our evening discussions in the salon we had a lot to talk about. There also were lectures by the naturalist, videos to view, and excellent reference books on Alaska culture and wildlife. There was also a hot tub on deck for relaxing and star-gazing at night.

The next day was Meyers Chock, a fishing village, population 18 (including two families who haven’t spoken to each other in years). We visited the little post office which also housed the village pool table and talked to the local people: the postmistress, a man painting his fishing boat, the woman in the gift shop who warned us there was bear sighted on the trail that morning, the widow who wove baskets to sell. In the afternoon we went by zodiac to an island to explore where a house used to be. Coming through the woods in our orange float suits that we wear for warmth we looked like invading Martians or weird orange guerilla forces moving through the trees. That day in Meyers Chock the chef had loaded up on supplies and we had a dinner on deck of fresh salmon, crab, and barbecued ribs. And the fresh baked bread that we had every day.

By now we had seen several bears, a huge black bear, several browns including one with a cub, as well as eagles, various seabirds, dolphins, and sea otters. And we were appreciating more and more the waterways we were going through, seeing the real Alaska wilderness. The Tongass National Forest that we were cruising through is the largest national forest in the United States, 17 million acres. It is isolated and wild, uncrowded, with huge tracts of old-growth trees… a scarcely touched wilderness with spectacular scenery. There are many streams and lakes and waterfalls because of the high rainfall, and more bears and eagles than anywhere else in the world.

As we went from Prince Rupert on the Canadian/Alaskan border and cruised north to Juneau it was like going back through geological time. We could see the same differences in plant succession that occurred over the centuries as we went from lush fully matured forest to the glaciers, like going back in capsule form to the ice age. After the ice age came lichens and mosses, then pioneer plants like fireweed, later bird droppings brought shrubs and tree seedlings, then willows and cottonwoods and alders, climaxing with spruce and hemlock trees. It takes some 300 years to grow a forest, and every mile we go is like going back 10-15 years in history. And the glaciers are still moving and receding and molding the land. We began to see more and more treeless snowy mountains as we cruised northward.

Our next town was the Norwegian fishing village of Petersburg, and we docked next to dozens and dozens of fishing boats, all reflected in the water at sunset. We walked the town, did some shopping, and after dinner went to Kato’s Kave, the local dance hall/lounge. Our nutty naturalist – we were beginning to catch on to his tricks – said they check at the door for knives or guns, and if you don’t have any, they give you one. There were a lot of beards and boots, but no guns, and we got to know some locals, most of whom thought coming to Florida in the winter would be a good idea.

The next day we hiked through the forest, different from the usual nature hike because instead of being quiet so as not to scare away wildlife, you are told not to carry food and to make lots of noise. Our nutty naturalist sang songs and chanted “Hi Bear. We are coming. We have no food, Bear.” After the hike up a salmon-spawning creek, we cruised to an island for a picnic on the beach where we saw oyster catchers and bear bones and took pictures of the chef pretending to gather bones for soup and the crew bringing flower arrangements by zodiac to put on the driftwood picnic table.

On our way to the next destination Dall porpoises zipped around our bow; later we came upon a whale or two, then we came upon an island filled with hundreds of sea lions, wrestling and belching in their own noisy frat party.

On Friday we entered Tracy Arm. The captain revved up the action by nosing us closer and closer right up into a waterfall, the water pounding onto the foredeck. Then we cruised right up to the north and south arms of the Sawyer glacier, then got closer yet by zodiac, motoring around brilliant turquoise bergies through water milky with ice bits. That evening from the ship we saw a huge momma black bear and her two cubs strolling in a meadow along the water, a fitting tribute to our last night on board. We all agreed that of the millions of people who come to Alaska not many experience what we did on the Safari Spirit.

In Juneau we were picked up by Northern Sights company in a cool 1937 touring car. Some people took the tour to Mendenhall Glacier, the rest of us caught the beginning of the parade of tribal dancers of native American communities from all over Alaska and their celebration of military veterans at the Juneau convention center.

American Safari Cruises also has the Safari Quest, a little larger than the Safari Spirit, carrying 21 guests. It has eight-night packages between Sitka and Juneau. On both vessels, meals are served family style at one seating, dress is always totally casual. They both typify the joy of small ship cruising. American Safari Cruises calls it yacht cruising. What ever you call it, it gives you flexibility of changing course for a whale sighting or other wildlife sightings, it lets you get to know your fellow travelers and the officers and crew, and to get to know about the people and cultures and environment where you

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Teaching Fiber Arts

Posted February 28, 2017 By Kylin

In teaching knitting, crochet and tatting, I always tell my students that there’s really no wrong way to do things as long as it comes out looking like it should. While I still hold this to be a true statement, when on the teaching end of the needle/hook/tatting shuttle or needle, it is important to teach the correct way to do a stitch, the right place to insert the hook or needle, the proper way to do the most basic join, etc. I would feel that I were cheating my students if I didn’t teach them the proper way to do these things.

To better understand this reasoning, think of a school teacher who tells a student that it’s okay to not memorize multiplication tables (as most of us learned when we were in school). “After all”, she says, “you can always count on your fingers and you still come up with the same total.” While this is all true, what good does this do to a student when, at the adult age of thirty, they are still counting on their fingers and working at a position which requires a lot of math? Hasn’t the teacher cheated the student by not teaching them a better or correct way of doing math?

If I tell a student that it’s okay to place their knitting needle anywhere they want, within their work, to draw up the next stitch, it’ll work and a new stitch will be developed but what good does it do if the work is sloppy or it puckers their knitted project? One of my knitting students always seemed to do things differently, no matter how much I’d try to encourage her to do them the way that I was teaching her. She was right handed and always inserted her working needle into the back side of the working stitch. Finally, I told her that if she felt more comfortable doing things that way, it was ok, as long as she was consistent with all of her stitches and inserting the needle in the same manner. She still knits that way and all of her stitches remain even and no matter what she does, it won’t affect other stitches. But, I did tell her that eventually she’d have to go into the front of that stitch when she has to do an increase that didn’t involve a yarn over.

New students may find it difficult to follow pattern instructions if they are doing a stitch different than what is considered to be proper. For example: For a chainless foundation row, inserting your crochet hook in a different area than is designated may still allow you to draw up a loop and create a chain to do your chain less foundation row single crochet in but, when the work is complete, that first row will not look at all as it should and will distract from the beauty of the rest of your object.

When teaching a knit cast on, although there are several ways to draw up new stitches to add to your needle, it’s important to teach the proper way so that when the student is taught to knit, it’s a simple change from what they’ve already been doing. Later, they can change their knit cast on method if they choose to do so.

What’s a negative of teaching incorrectly? Suppose it’s the first lesson for a student and you’re trying to teach them your unusual way of doing things? What will happen when they get home and can’t remember the way you try to teach them? So, they look it up on the internet and can’t find a single site that teaches your unusual method. This is not a good position to put new students into. It can leave them feeling incompetent and they may put down their work and not accomplish anything until their next lesson with you. This discourages a student and can put a roadblock in their fiber arts learning process.

So, when teaching a person a new skill, please teach the conventional method. After your student feels more comfortable with this new craft you can feel free to introduce new ideas/ways of doing things. You may say, “Hey! I see that you have the knitting down pat but, now I’d like to teach you a new way of holding your yarn and I think it’ll help you to knit faster. I know that it helps me. I haven’t seen anybody else do this but, you might like it. You can give it a try and if you don’t like it you can go back to what you’re comfortable with.”

Before you take on your first student, it might be prudent to do some research and see that you’re teaching in a way that’s conducive to the rest of the world and not a way that is done only by yourself. This is especially true if your student has never done this craft before.

As I’ve said in various articles, I’ve been doing fiber arts since the early age of eight. I’ve had an absolute obsession for fiber arts throughout all my years of various careers and numerous dwelling places across the country. For the twenty years that I spent as an over the road semi truck driver (mostly as a solo driver) I carried a large stash of yarn and thread with me. I rarely had a partner as I had to have all extra available space to store my craft supplies.

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