Friday, September 15, 2006

Happy Birthday to the Queen

of the Tangle River Inn.

Naidine Johnson is 69 years young today. She and her husband Jack have been owner/operators of this lodge since 1970.

This lady is still walking the walk. We had a family style dinner at the bar tonight. Filet mignon with a garlic spinach parsley mushrommdipping sauce, baked pot atoes and veggies. It was lovely and I was glad to be a part of it.

I made her a CD of songs I thought she would like. She used to sing in the USO and met Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley. Every once in a while she fires up the karoke machine and entertains the customers and employees alike.

They are thinking next year year will be the last year they will operate the lodge. Its up for sale for $1.2 million. They are ready to build their retirement home on Big Lake.

I hope whomever buys this place puts the heart and soul Jack & Naidine do into this lodge. And keep up the friendly Alaskan hospitality. No Princess Tour busses!

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