|Needless to say after 20+ hours of travel a snag in the RV reservations created a little testiness in my otherwise calm demeanored Corky. We whiled away hour by hour. The saving grace was FOOD. Next door to the RV company was a delightful deli. The menu alone acted as a sedative for him. Finally, 3:30PM came around and away we went to Cooper Landing-the home of our friends Kris and Bill.
On the Seward Highway, traveling southwesterly, much of the way spans through Chugach State Park. An easterly extension of Cook Inlet. Turnagain Arm was called Return of the Russian, as he was in search of the fabled Northwest Passage.
Another landmark is Beluga Point, the world's highest tide-greater than thirty three feet. It is referred to as a bore tide with an abrupt rise of tidal water moving rapidly landward. This is formed by a flood tide surging into a constricted inlet. The foaming wall of water may reach a height of six feet! We will return to Anchorage during low tide to view. When the tide is out the sand looks inviting; however it becomes more like quick sand! Incidentally, the almost extinct beluga whales reside in this inlet.
The 31 foot, one slide 2013 Winnebago RV is quite comfortable. After a pleasant nights sleep, followed by a leisurely morning, we are enjoying our friends' front yard. Kris and Bill are quite generous-we have enjoyed freshly caught salmon and halibut and viewing Dall sheelp and mountain goats from their yard. The advantage here is both are retired from the state park system and National Forest Service. Lunch was enjoyed on the banks of the upper Kenai Lake. Be sure to look at the beautifully tall petunia displays. Chris and Corky went salmon dipping! She had three left to catch to fulfill her residential limit. They hiked 3 1/2 miles each way and spent an hour dipping. Proudly, I, using double walking sticks, hiked in 30 mins each way! The daily accomplishments boost my confidence levels. Corky watched Kris' back for bears! Where there is salmon, there are bears!!!