I am Fran, known by some as the “itinerant peddler from Alaska.” I’ve lived in Alaska for 47 years, over half my life, and I have an on-going love affair with this place. Therefore, I’ll be doing a little “show and tell” on my site. I’ll show you some of what I sell and tell you a few Alaskan stories.
I lived for 20 years in the small village of Ouzinkie, on Spruce Island, close to Kodiak Island. While there, I built myself a house and got a job teaching adults in the village. Besides teaching GED and some business classes, I started a group that we called “Plants Class.” We studied, ate, and used wild, edible, and medicinal plants from our island. We eventually published a book called “Plant Lore of an Alaskan Island.” I will be including articles on wild plants from time to time under the category called “Backwoods Botany.”
In 2011 I moved to the community of Gustavus, close to Juneau. I might as well still be on an island, as the only way to get here is by boat or plane. It is a fine place and full of interesting people. I will be interviewing many of these folks for my blog, so stay tuned.
If you have a comment or question about a blog post, please submit it as I’d love to hear from you. If you would like to buy something shown on this site you can order in one of two ways. Go to my eBay store, The Peddler’s Pack, to order most items. If you do not see the item or if you would prefer to order directly from me, you may contact me at peddlerspackgifts at yahoo dot com, or you can call me at (907) 500-3279. Please do not send payment information in an email. Send me your phone number and a good time to call, and I will call you.
I hope you enjoy my blog and come back to visit often. I’ll be adding new posts each week.
To visit my store, click on the eBay link at the top of this page.
P.S. Many of the pictures in my articles will enlarge if you click on them.