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To Preserve Tenakee’s Attic

Tenakee in autumn. Photo by Flickr user sandrasalaskaphotographs, used under Creative Commons license.

I write today from my new residence: a log cabin. The rain is pouring, the heat stove is on, and I have a view of misty mountains and the waters where my neighbors trap crab.

Yes, I made it to Tenakee Springs, Alaska!  As mentioned previously, I have a summer job here helping to establish a new local history museum.

Since I have lived almost my entire life in cities of the East Coast, Tenakee represents quite a change for me.  It is a tiny community, off the road system, on an island where bears outnumber people.  My “commute” is a 15-minute walk down a gravel path, the only street. There is no police force and no garbage collection.  Most households seem to be more or less off-the-grid.  (The cabin where I am staying, for example, gets water from a well and power from a fuel tank out back.)  People here bathe communally in the natural hot springs at the center of town.

Home sweet home!

I will write more about Tenakee and its history  over the course of the summer.  (I’ve been here for less than a week, so I’m still in the process of absorbing it all!)

As for my job, here’s what it is:   Continue reading

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