It did not disappoint.
Is is beautifully situated (Editor: its Alaska, what do you expect?), a great size of about 2000 persons, with a real community feel. Blah, blah.
We were there for our substitute Olympics, the 4th Of July celebrations!
After the morning parade the town turned out en masse for the various events being held at the park and elsewhere.
These included the ever popular Mud Volleyball.
The Hammer Contest.
Pictured is the defending champion, Josh, hammering in the 8" railway spike with a heavy hammer with a head not larger than the spike.
He won again with a time of 3.06 seconds, in three hits. Apparently the professionals are only allowed two strikes.
The Firemans Hose Contest.
Two teams face each other and attempt to knock the sliding bouy over to the opponents end.
is it me or are firemen getting younger (And shorter) these days?
.....and the walking backwards on all fours race.
The evening continued with 7 bands playing at a small outside venue.
Only in Alaska could you find the below mixture of footwear on the dance floor. A good time was had by all concerned. In fact, I intend to spend every July 4th in Haines (Apart from 2013 as we have different plans)
But there is more to Haines than athletic endeavour whilst celebrating kicking our butts out of the continent and live music.
Namely, The Bamboo Room.
(Editor: correctly speaking, the bar is the Pioneer Bar, the Bamboo Room is the connected breakfast room).
And Rod has a superb bike, only matched by his beard, but it is rumoured one of them may go this coming year.......but which one?
We were both sad to leave, but are intent to return.