This is has a hard post to write, I wanted to have some time to have been able to fully absorb the enormous amount of feelings that I went through in just planning this trip, seeing the trip through and then being able to digest the feelings that accompanied the trip.
|Our float plane waiting for us.|
On Monday, July 18, 2016 a clan of Hoff's (Lisa Hoff Fisher & husband Scott, Kenny Hoff, Tribal adopted brother Ken Patten, Susan, Audrey and Erica Hoff) all boarded a float plane at Carlin Air and traveled to Tongass Island. You couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. Nearly a cloud in the sky, calm waters and only a light wind. It was the perfect Ketchikan day that you only get a few times during the summer. We were very lucky and I have to think that Don was watching over us and making sure our trip to Tongass Island went smoothly.
|Uncle Kenny playing Don's Raven drum|
The trip over to Tongass Island was beautiful. I was unsure what we would see, but we saw the beautiful channel islands, the Tongass Narrows in all their splendor, fishing boats, more float planes and Alaska at its best.
The floatplane was able to land so close to Tongass Island that we barely had to get in the water. We walked along the beach there and marveled at all the clam shells that we broken open. You could see that a critter had a good feast there!
|Love my brother-in-law!|
Each person was given a burlap bag with their own ashes. Everyone set off different directions to spread their ashes in the way they wanted to. Everyone had their own special moment and it was beautiful. I wish my post could adequately describe how peaceful and serene it was being at Tongass Island, especially when Ken and Kenny played Don's Raven drum. The feeling of pride and complete happiness filled my entire body.
|Strolling along Tongass Island|
I choose to spread the ashes I had at almost all in one spot when I spotted a dragonfly hovering around. I knew that was Don's sign and as I looked up, I saw a blueberry bush there! Of course Don would want to be by the berry bushes! I wasn't sure how I would feel doing this and as we were getting ready to leave, all the emotions hit me at once on the magnitude of what we just did. We fulfilled Don's big last wish. We did it! We made it all the way to the uninhabited Tongass Island, the island of his ancestors ... we did it and I know that my Brown Knight is smiling and pleased! Life is Good.
Don is now checking out the land of his ancestors ... he is part of Tongass Island forever.
|The look of a blessed woman! Don is so happy!|