Knikki Cinocco recently returned from a 10-day trip to Peru that included mountain biking in the Andes, touring Machu Picchu, and hiking to the top of nearby Huayna Picchu, the 9,000-foot peak that looks down on the “Lost City of the Incas,” 1,000 feet below. Knikki said highlights included learning about Inca stonework and seeing a “lab” where early horticulturists acclimated vegetables to grow at differing elevations. She met up with Skagwegians Jim Jewel, Max Jewel, Charlotte Jewel and John Briner. The men are making a motorcycle trip through South America. They celebrated New Year’s in nearby Cusco.
Barb and Jerry Blood were among Haines residents on the aborted voyage of the ferry LeConte from Juneau Friday. The ship turned around in Berners Bay, about midway up Lynn Canal, due to icing and heavy seas. Barb said the ship was rocking so severely it was difficult to walk around. “Nobody was moving. It was silent except for the crashing of pots and pans in the kitchen.”
With proceeds from a silent auction, the Haines Women’s Christian Fellowship raised $1,500 for Salvation Army gift baskets before Christmas, said Frankie Perry. The interdenominational group of about 40 women meets monthly at different churches around town, October through May. Meetings include a speaker, crafts and music. The group has been around for about 10 years and next meets 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Lani Hotch is featured speaker. For more information, contact Perry at 767-5545.
Laurie Mastrella, Marty Remund, and Esther, Celia and Charlie Bower said they had a great time on the Hawaiian Island of Molokai, where they spent two weeks camping. Charlie said snorkeling and spearfishing were his favorite. For everyone in the family but Marty, it was a first trip to Hawaii.
Liam Cassidy is back in town after a few months traveling and visiting in Arizona, California and Colorado. In Sedona, Ariz., he saw his parents and three siblings. He also visited friend Matt Swan in Los Angeles. He’s been asked to emcee the Marsh Lake Loppet, a 20-kilometer ski race outside Whitehorse, Y.T. on Feb. 11. He also may coach some budding young cross-country skiers in Juneau. He reassured Duly Noted that a tree that fell on his pickup along Beach Road last fall only “dinged” the hood.
Kathy Lapeyri was among 36 residents who turned out for a snowshoe hike Saturday to Lilly Lake, sponsored by the Well and Fit Community Council. Lapeyri said it was her first time on snowshoes and now she’s hooked. “It was just so much fun. I think it’s a better workout than skiing and you can go anywhere on them.” Lapeyri said she’s hoping to see more events like Saturday’s outing. “Getting outside in the fresh air is so good for your mind.”
Lyndsey Hura traveled to Tucson, Ariz. to visit parents Larry and Teresa Hura during the holiday. Highlights included hikes in the Saguaro National Park and Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum. They enjoyed visiting friends Hugh Rietze, Jill Atlas, and Ron and Jean Smith. Larry’s been playing golf, while Teresa was recently in Alamos, Mexico, visiting friends from Tenakee Springs. Lyndsey’s brother Nik Hura, who works as maintenance man at the federal building in Juneau, was unable to make the trip.
Royal Henderson said world history was the attraction for a recent trip to Turkey, with dad Bart Henderson and Cynde Adams. The world’s only Islamic democracy, the nation is regarded as the meeting point between the East and West. In Istanbul, they toured the domed Ayasofya, a 1,700-year-old landmark museum built as a basilica and later used as a mosque. The trio tried Turkish coffee, Turkish delights, and Turkish baths and toured the Roman ruins at Ephesus. Royal said he regretted missing the camel-wrestling event in Selcuk.