You have to meet Fred at teh Wild Iris gift shop. We've been here before and knew the local sights pretty well. It was great exercise to walk to and from town, visit the Bald Eagle Foundation, walk around the former Army base, and enjoy the hospitality of Fred at his Wild Iris home and gift shop. Fred is former mayor of Haines. The shop is straight up from the pier and to the left of the Smoked Salmon store. At low tide the beach has round marbles the size of ping ball balls that are perfect free souvenirs.