This is the last post of the series! As we say goodbye to Tenakee Springs, I wanted to share a few photos of corlorful flower gardens that adorn the tiny community. The cottages here are quite humble, but summertime blooms provide instant decoration and good cheer. Bicycles, the principal mode of transportation, join in with the landscape décor.
The 2000 Census data for Tenakee Springs reveal that 104 people call this town home, with 59 households and 28 families. The primary industries are commercial fishing, guided hunting trips, charter fishing, and logging.
The town is located on Chichagof Island, which has a total population of 1342 hearty souls. The land area of Chichagof Island is 2049 square miles - smaller than Delaware but larger than Rhode Island. It is ranked as the 5th largest island in the U.S. and named after Admiral Chichagov, a Russian Arctic explorer (who never visited Alaska, oddly enough).
While we were wandering down the dirt path through Tenakee Springs, admiring the flowers and soaking up the character of the place, we made sure that we were also paying attention. The island holds a certain distinction throughout the world. Would you like to guess what it might be?
It has the highest population of bears per square mile of any place on earth, with three per square mile!
After sharing that fact, I know that you will want to pack your bags and move there now!