08/24/2004: "Fiona Grace Hannigan / Dead Humpback / Derby winner"
My best girlfriend in all the world, Jenni Williams and her husband Sean Hannigan, whom I adore... just had a healthy baby girl named Fiona Grace Hannigan.
Her mom just wrote me a moment ago:
August 23 at 6:11 p.m. 6#, 8oz 20 inches Beautiful skin Big feet Long fingers
Mommy and Daddy are still in shock that they have a baby.
I guess I'm still in shock that they have a baby too. I had really wanted to go to Baltimore for the birth but the fall is an incredibly bad time of the year for me to get away. I can't wait to see the pictures though.
Two of my own sisters are currently pregnant as well. My oldest sister Diane in MN and my second to the youngest sister Jenny who lives in Anchorage. I'm throwing her a baby shower, but not a froo froo one, just a bbq for men and women...she's naming her boy Xander...isn't that adorable? I have to admit I'm the one who got her hooked on the Buffy series. I'm also going to paint an Alaskan themed Noah's Ark mural in Xander's room (two bears, two moose, two eagles, two whales etc.).
Speaking of whales, we had a baby humpback die near the (ironically) named community of "Lucky Me" on Douglas Island, near where I've been sailing all summer. The story mentions a couple other humpbacks that have been found dead from injuries consistent with being struck by large boats. It's so sad. Here's a photo of the necropsy by Pat Costello.
He also posted on his website a couple days ago this photograph that a 17 year old cruise ship passenger took on his last ever hike three years ago when he fell to his death trying to climb the Chop Gully section of Mt. Juneau later the same day this photo was taken.
It seems many cruise ship visitors have been killed, injured, or rescued while hiking in the area. They just don't understand the dangers. Only yesterday a woman visiting from Slovenia was plucked from a rocky ledge after seventeen hours of clinging to the side of Sheep Mountain.
On a brighter note, a local woman named Carol Munro won $15,000 when she caught the winning salmon in this year's 58th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby held here in Juneau. At 26.5 pounds it was the tiniest winner in derby history.