This picture is not taken in Sand Point. It was taken in Pasagshak on Kodiak Island.
Sand Point does have Buffalo on the island. This introduced specie does quite well in Alaska's harsh weather. If you have time, and a guide, go off in search of these animals. They are quite a sight.
Alaska was purchased from the Russians, and the influence of the Russian Culture is still present. Most of the indigenous peoples are orthodox in faith. Alaska even has five saints in the Orthodox faith. The Church helped the Alaskan people after they were mistreated by those who came before. This is not a political comment, just what is told.
To get to the town, you will have a bit of a hike from the pier. The path takes you around the harbor and into the town. It is a brisk walk of 10 - 15 minutes. I chose another option, and convinced a local to give us a ride (at no charge). The people of Sand Point are very friendly. Be sure to stop by the Sand Point Tavern for a "Duck Fart"
One local told us that he had been mining on a nearby island, and wanted to give the boat people a gift. He went home and brought back about ten pounds of crystals. Since they were still attached to the rock, only one of us could receive this generous gift, and the Brits were chosen. Besides who wants to lug around an additional ten pounds! (haha). The Sand Point Tavern also offers Pool and Foozball.
Dress Code: We discovered that Matias is a great foozball player, and cleaned up no matter who his partner was. Here he is teamed up with Amber, and giving Nate a lesson.
Somehow, everyone ended up at the Sand Point Tavern, perhaps it was because it was evening, and it was open. We were greeted by a large crowd, "Hey, are you guys off the ferry?" To the bartender, "Another round for the boat people." I LIKE this place. The drink of choice here is the "Duck Fart" a sweet shot with Crown Royal, Kahlua, and Bailey's Irish Cream. It is disgustingly sweet. I prefer my Crown Royal Staight, no chaser, but when someone else is buying . . .
Dress Code: Come as you are. The usual mode of dress is "XtraTufs" and a hooded sweatshirt (usually torn and dirty).
Bailey's Irish Cream
Serve in a shot glass.
The Aleutian Commercial Company is one stop shopping, from foodstuffs, to hardware, with clothing, and liquor and anything else you might need. I spotted a magazine that I thought would be great fun for Peggy and Diane to take home and share, "Alaska Bride and Groom" full of actual Alaskan weddings! They weren't as keen, but when I opened it up, there were my friend Sven and Balika (See my Kodiak page), and another Kodiaker modelling.
What to buy: You can get whatever you need, as long as it isn't fancy. I am including the website for "Alaska Bride and Groom" in this tip, be sure to check it out, it is really fun to read.
What to pay: Prices are higher in villages due to the higher shipping costs.
The Gangplank that is. Depending upon the state of the tide, the metal gangplank can be tricky and it is a long way down. This picture was taken at a high tide, and you can see it is a steep climb down. The ropes are very loose, and the plank wobbles as your weight shifts. This is more thrilling than some rides I've been on at amusement parks.