A New Massage Therapist in Town

We’ve got a new massage therapist working out of Mooseberry Inn. Amelia Bentele-Edwards is now offering a variety of custom massages. She studied in Salt Lake City and is nationally certified in professional massage and bodywork. She has had training in Swedish, sports, deep tissue and reflexology. She also offers pre- and postnatal massage.

Her introductory rates are 50 minutes for $50, 80 minutes for $80, and a 20 minute seated massage for $20. Call 907-328-9051 for an appointment.

Massage is a great preventative health measure, not just a luxury. Here’s an article from the Mayo Clinic about the benefits of massage.

Upcoming Tok Events

Kids waiting to see Santa at VFW, Tok, Alaska

A few things coming up in Tok according to the Mukluk News:

Saturday, November 26th from 11am-2pm – Free Cross Country Ski Clinic – All ages – at Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge (Mile 98.5 Tok Cut-Off Road) with Debbie Berg, Tok Ski Coach. Bring your own skis (limited supply of adult skis available for loan) and a sack lunch or hot dog to roast on the fire. Hot beverages provided. 16 miles of groomed trails! Call John or Jill at 883-3124 if you have questions.

Friday, December 2 – 7pm VFW HallSpecial Bingo – $500 to go if at least 25 people

Sunday, December 11 – 2-3pm VFW HallSanta is coming to town for 0-11 year olds. Parents must accompany children. There will be a short cartoon, refreshments, goodie bags, and of course, Santa. Sponsored by VFW Auxiliary.

Pick up your Mukluk News around town including Three Bears! Only 50 cents and chock full of news and information.

What else is happening? Feel free to let us know or post it on the Tok Facebook Page.

Dognappings and Other Dangers

It has been a strange few weeks.

First, our beloved sled dog was dognapped. I don’t know what else to call it. Basically, one morning he wandered into the woods around our house to do his business and didn’t come back. This was highly unusual for him as he never wandered far and always came home quickly, especially when called.

After 24 hours, we were worried and 8 hours later set off on a search, following his tracks. The tracks led to a nearby house, and then stopped. Upon knocking on the door, the residents – without opening the door (and locking it first) – said they had not seen our dog.

But the sound of our dog’s collar could be heard muffled. Then a muffled yelp. A few minutes later, he came bounding from around the house. Why did those people say they hadn’t see our dog? This incident was reported to the proper authorities.

Then the other night, my husband was almost attacked by two other dogs at night while walking his dog. It was dark so he wasn’t able to see them well, but he said they were vicious, relentless, and clearly trained to attack people. He was able to fend them off, however, it gave us pause when we thought what might happen if someone less physically big and strong – particularly a child – was faced with these dogs. Again, this incident was also reported, but those dogs are still out there.

We’re headed for a long, cold and dark winter. Here’s hoping we’re not going to have any more strange or dangerous dog incidents.

Keep your dogs close and safe. Keep your kids close and safe, too.

Another Head Lice Outbreak at Tok School

It is an epidemic and only gets worse each year. Lice infestation of our children at the Tok School.

What can be done about it?

Here’s a fact sheet that can be helpful: http://www.nuvoforheadlice.com/method_explained.htm

You can find a head lice removal kit online here: http://www.fairytaleshaircare.com/

What are some of your best head lice prevention and removal tips?

Wild Game and Greens

Typical dinner around here:

Caribou steak (broiled in the oven with salt and pepper), sauteed greens, corn on the cob.

End of Summer in Tok

Summer is coming to a close. Actually, did it ever begin? I seem to remember a couple of gorgeous, sunny Alaska days somewhere in the mix, but for the most part, rain. Here are a few scenes from Summer 2011 in Tok…









How was your summer? Ready for winter?

Saturday: Tango Music in Tok

There is another concert coming to Tok!

Tomorrow: Saturday, July 16 – TANGO IN TOK!

At Off the Road House
Duct Tape Radio & Off the Road House are excited to host Folias Music bringing the tangy zest of tango to Tok. Refreshments.

Tango Lessons 5:30 to 6 p.m.
$10/person or $15/couple. Bring your dancing shoes!

Tango Concert 7 – 9.
$10/person donation. Bring a chair and a friend.

Scenes from the concert in our front yard this month with singer/songwriter Paul Thompson aka Buskalaska. A lovely evening of music and dancing.

Are you having a great summer?

As Summer Warms Our Bones…

Let us not forget the winters. Makes our summers that much sweeter…

How is your summer going so far?

Passing Through Tok: Raimo Laosma

I was headed to Three Bears for some groceries and saw a bicyclist in front of the store who seemed like he had been traveling quite a ways.

“Where are you coming from or going?” I asked.

“Estonia,” he replied.

Turns out, Raimo Laosma has been on the road since September 20, 2010. He drove from Estonia through Europe to Lisbon, Portugal, then came across to the States on the East Coast. After going North into Canada and then back down through New York City, he headed south then west through Texas, up the West Coast into Canada. And today he was passing through Tok on his way to Anchorage.

Raimo aka Fujimees (Fuji Man) has a blog called Fujimees and a Facebook Page where you can keep up with his travels (you can use Google Translate to translate from Estonian). He uses his AT&T connection on his Nokia N97 to navigate as he travels and to update his blog and Facebook page.

We chatted a few minutes, and he let me take a few photographs before we both went on our way. Before he headed to Youngs Chevron, he looked down at his odometer.

“22326 kilometers,” he said.

After Anchorage, he is flying to Siberia and riding home from there.

Here is Raimo’s ROUGHLY translated Facebook post from today (he refers to the Migratory Bird Festival that I told him about – I sure hope they have food as I mentioned to him. Otherwise, I’ll probably buy him lunch!):

I sincerely hope that it is 13, and Friday was my last winter trip day! 2x yesterday managed to see a bear and two riders in the morning a young man from Canada, Japan, and after one more child. And to my great joy turned to the favorable winds in the afternoon. There is Tok-opening of the festival and look forward to! (Provided free meals)

Over 260,000 people pass through Tok each summer.

Who have you met so far coming through Tok?

Save the Date! 2 Concerts in Tok…

Summer is almost here, and with summer come the musicians. We have two upcoming house concerts in Tok in July – make sure to mark your calendars! For the uninitiated, a “house concert” is a concert hosted in someone’s home. These happen in communities around the country as musical artists make their way on often self-funded music tours. Last year, we hosted Marian Call and 907Britt at our place for a full night of great music.

July 2 – Meet singer-songwriter “Buskalaska on a magical mystery tour from England to the untamed wilds of Alaska and Canada, beginning June 2011. Buskalaska’s musical journey will take him from Anchorage to the Arctic Circle, from the Yukon and Alberta to the Rockies and isles of BC, performing at festivals, coffee houses and bars, house concerts and impromptu street performances. AND in Tok, Alaska at the Risdahl’s place. You can hear some of his music here.

July 16 – Folias Flute and Guitar Duo will be performing acoustic tango music in Tok (location TBA) AND giving Tango lessons. Yes, TANGO lessons.  More about them from their website:

The Grand Rapids, MI based Folias Flute and Guitar Duo was founded by the husband and wife duo Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron in 2002. They have performed in concert halls, clubs and for tango events across North America. The duo’s original compositions and arrangements have been recorded on four separate Folias CD releases which are on the Blue Griffin Recording and White Pine Music labels and have been reviewed by Flute Talk magazine and Fanfare Magazine. The duo’s background in classical concert music performance and composition mixed with their training in tango and jazz make their performances both informed and exciting. Find out more at Folias Music.

How is THAT for global culture in Tok, Alaska? What other events are happening in the community that you’d like to promote?

Old Bridge Demolished Near Tok

Here are a few evening photos of the old Tanana River Bridge outside of Tok on the Alaska Highway that was recently demolished. The story was covered on APRN here:


Anyone have any nice photos of the Tanana River Bridge? Feel free to share here or on our Facebook Page.

-44 Degrees Again in Tok

Enough said…

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?