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North America » United States » Alaska » Soldotna June 14th 2017

Enjoyed yesterday so much . . decided to do it again 😊. Went for a walk, started packing and loading the truck as we need to get up early (7:00 am) to check out by 10. Such stress! Went to St Elias Brewery to have a beer and brick oven pizza. Pizza was great - beer not so much. We're finding quite a few breweries that also make wine, whiskey and vodka, etc. Think that takes away from the quality of the beer. Busy day tomorrow.... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Soldotna June 13th 2017

Hung out around the cabin today. Slept late, canoed around the lake. Very relaxing. Had great Mexican food with Margaritas at Don Jose. Needed a day like this. Need to do it more often. ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Soldotna June 12th 2017

Had a nice day just hanging. Heard about all the rain,heat and storms back home, the high here was 53! Did the wash. Tried to download more pics on my PC. Went to the Denali River Brewery. Tasted 4 different beer and liked all of them. Sat outside for cocktails. Made tortoline for supper. The resort we are at only has 4 cabins and we are the only ones here. They provide at charge: bicycles, canoes, paddle boats and fishing poles/hip boots. We plan on taking advantage of all. Rainy is loving the traveling life!!... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Soldotna June 11th 2017

It was only a 2 hours drive from Seward to here. Went and got a few groceries and checked into our cabin about 2. Very nice cabin on Lake Denise about an hour outside of town. Went from a dry cabin with no running water, to a fully equipped and stocked cabin with a dishwasher!! And satellite TV!. Loved our day cabins but enjoying all the creature comforts. This mama moose and her babies showed up 3 times today. So cool ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Soldotna August 15th 2016

15 Aug 2016: We left Denali at 0945, satisfied that we had used our time there well. Driving South, we crossed and recrossed the Nenana River. We crossed the Susitna River and drove down the West side of the Talkeetna Mountains and over Trapper Creek. Soon we were entering the Mat-Su Valley, through Willow, Wasilla and on into Anchorage. It was there that the steering wheel began shaking. I pulled off the highway and into a parking lot to check the tires.. Air pressure was good and I could see nothing wrong so we returned to the highway.. The shaking got worse. "OK, time to get off this road and and get someone to look at this." That was when the left front tire gave out complertely. We have another flat. I pulled over to the ... read more
Filleting a Humpy
Anchor River bridge
Kayakin' for Salmon

North America » United States » Alaska » Soldotna June 15th 2016

To be honest, I was glad to leave Homer. To be fair, we had some pretty foul weather for the four days we were there and we may have had a better time if it hadn’t been so cold, damp, windy, and rainy every day. Located between Cooks Inlet and the Katchemak Bay, Homer has a very typical coastal weather pattern and even the locals admit that the weather is not all that great, especially out on the Spit. It is a beautiful place, surrounded by snowcapped peaks and wherever you look the views are stupendous. Four days was just two too many. One of the things we really wanted to do in Homer was visit the Kilcher Homestead and that was worth the trip. Ten miles out of town on East End Road you make ... read more
Low tide in Homer Harbor
Look what we found in the Homer harbor
Checking out the work space, smaller then I imagined

North America » United States » Alaska » Soldotna May 31st 2016

Slept in again. Awoke to overcast skies and moderate temperatures, although it's supposed to clear later and become fairly warm. Had breakfast in our RVs before leaving Homer and heading back north toward Anchorage, our final destination before flying home on Thursday. Devouring all of our onboard food supplies is a high-priority now as we have eaten out more than we thought we would. We're certainly glad that we did as we have eaten at some unique and fun places. We made a brief stop in Kenai, Alaska and then settled in back at the same RV park we stopped at before in Soldotna. Tacos for lunch. Al, the owner of the Kodiak RV Campground, gave us some Red Sockeye salmon that he caught and we grilled out for dinner. It was great. Cheetos were our ... read more
A little euchre before dinner
Salmon and Cheetos
 Little Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai, AK

North America » United States » Alaska » Soldotna May 29th 2016

Left Wasilla at 8:00 driving to Portage via Anchorage. Cruised through Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska with a pop of approximately 300,000. Not much traffic on a Saturday morning. We drove past magnificent scenery on the route to Portage and were entertained by lots of eagles and offspring. Got our tickets for the Portage Glacier Cruise on the MV Ptarmigan. This was a one hour cruise that took us within 300 yards of the glacier. It was a beautiful clear day and we learned a lot of information from a U.S. Forest Service rep. Here's a small world story... the Captain's daughter lives in Roscoe, IL. Met a darling girl, Sarah from Seattle, and she took our photo against the Portage Glacier. We lunched at their 'Cafeteria and Gift Shop'. Down the road a piece ... read more
 Mother moose  and two calves.
 At the portage glacier

North America » United States » Alaska » Soldotna July 24th 2015

A cabin in Soldotna My mother’s been a keen fisherwoman her entire life. Growing up in Horeshoe Bend, Idaho, as the only girl among nine siblings, fishing was an activity that she and her brothers enjoyed their Dad, a tall strapping outdoorsman, who hunted and fished for the family meals. When my family moved to Alaska decades ago, she immersed herself in salmon fishing and ultimately purchased a riverfront acre in the Funny River area outside of Soldotna, one of the best salmon fishing areas in the world. This is where our family (my brother Phil, his wife, Ok-Kyung, son Alexander, daughter Sophia, my mother, Violette, Terry and myself) converged during the sockeye run in mid-July this year. We were lucky to have several days at the peak of the run. Sockeyes at the very end ... read more
Salmon Carnage after Bears
Veteran fisherwoman sets up tackle
Sophia with hook on dock

North America » United States » Alaska » Soldotna July 29th 2011

It rained and rained and rained - Sat, Sun and Mon, so we looked around Kenai and Soldotna and got things done around the motorhome and watched a lot of TV. When the rain stopped, we decided to try our luck at "combat" fishing for reds along the river. (Combat fishing is shoulder-to-shoulder fishing with others casting right beside you). It was obvious that we didn't know what we were doing when we didn't catch any fish, even though those around us were catching plenty. Tommy, a friend from Georgia, arrived late Tuesday night and invited us to float the Lower Kenai on Wed. We put on our waders, hopped in the boat and started on another Alaska adventure. It was a gorgeous day and floating was peaceful and serene, passing by fisherman in the river, ... read more
A simple peaceful lodge along the river
Fishing really close
The boat inches nearer




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