Are you ready to resume our exploration of a little, rustic Alaskan town called Tenakee Springs?
As soon as we walked off of the pier, we noticed the little post office that serves this tiny community. Some flowerpots help to cheerfully announce the zip code of 99841.
Our first greeting was from a self-appointed welcoming committee of one – the resident dog of Snyder Mercantile. After the friendly tail wagging and petting festivities were over, he escorted us right to the front door of the establishment.
Oh, it was a like a step back in time! The proprietor lady made us feel right at home and allowed us city slickers to wander about and marvel at the store’s charm. Like a cocoon of vintage lumber, the walls are bedecked with worn, wooden shelves, bead board lines the ceiling overhead, and weathered planks provide sure footing underneath. A wide assortment of grocery and basic household essentials are offered. Antique cash registers ring up the sales.
A storeroom area is tucked into the back of the building, along with a little business office that sells such conveniences as a fishing license.
We made sure that we bought some provisions to take back to our sailing vessel and thanked the friendly proprietor for her hospitality.
Our next stop down the thoroughfare was the Party Time Bakery. This local hotspot serves breakfast, lunch, and various pastries. Now, when an establishment has “bakery” in its name, then a weary traveler needs to sample it wares! So we sat down at a little table and decided to try the fresh strawberry/rhubarb pie. Me-oh-my and sakes alive. We agree that it was the best strawberry/rhubarb pie that we had ever
devoured eaten! The filling was not too tart and not too sweet. It had the perfect balance.
The store also sells a selection of local handcrafts. Before we ventured back into the misty weather, a lovely hand knitted hat convinced me that it should live with me in Tennessee.
With some shopping done and our bodies fortified with some tasty morsels of fresh fruit, sugar, and pie crust (three basic food groups), we were ready to resume our photo shoot!
(to be continued)