We had a leisurely start and were on the road at 8:30 a.m. It was 52 degrees and cloudy outside—par for the course. Our ultimate destination for this leg of the trip is Homer. At Turnagain Arm Pass Recreation Area we took a short hike and snapped a few pictures.
As we are driving there are and increasing number of cars, pickup camper, and RV parked in every turnout along the road. Then we came to a place where there is a ferry to the other side of the Russian River. It was standing room only to get into this parking lot. One look down at the river revealed the renowned combat fishing. The fishermen are lined up shoulder to shoulder in their waders out in the river fishing. It turns out this is at the beginning of the Red Salmon run. There was so much traffic that we were unable to get a good picture. It was really hard to believe.
Lunch was in the trailer outside of the Town of Living Trees, Chainsaw Carvings where Sue had her picture taken on the Giant Salmon carved out of wood. The crazy things you do on vacation! The were actually doing the chain saw art work while we were there. There were many beautiful items but beyond our budget.
The Kenai Spur Highway took us to the city of Kenai which is the largest city on the Kenai Peninsula. We toured the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church which is one of the oldest Russian Orthodox churches in Alaska. It is interesting to see the Russian influence on Alaska.
There was a Home Depot in Kenai and Sue insisted that I get a replacement for the battery drill that has twice failed us on this trip alone. We decide on a corded DeWalt as it was relative cheap. Before you get too excited about the cord, remember we have two 2000 watt generators with us at all times (with fuel). This should be another problem behind us.
The highlight of the day for Sue was visiting the Quilt Kits Alaska shop where she found Alaskan fabrics to make a quilt. Should have packed the sewing machine! This is not a shop in downtown. About 5 miles out of town you turn into the country following the directions. Each turn brings a narrower road and then gravel. Then it up a driveway with the promise of an RV turn around at the end. Glad that was true, it would not have been good to have to back down that driveway and around the corners. Sue really liked this stop. I even got into helping pick out the design and materials.
We are spending the night at Discovery Campground in the Captain Cook State Park which is located at the end of the highway. The campground overlooks Cook Inlet and is heavily wooded. We enjoyed the hiking trail along the top of the bluff. There is no electric or water hookup and there are not very many people here. Bears have been spotted frequently in the camp, but we have not seen one yet! Tomorrow we are planning to make it to Homer to spend a few days.