Anchorage to Soldotna
12 Jul 2008
|It has been 7 days since updating the journal. We have just been having too much fun and too little internet.
Today is a bit of a domestic day. It has been 10 days since we were at a major grocery and 14 days since the last laundry. We did resort to washing a few items by hand and drying on our ad hoc dryer. Today we have been to Fred Myers (Kroeger). Between fuel ($100), food ($122) and other items the total was $300. It is the first fuel we have bought since the 4th of July, so we are doing OK.
Highlights since leaving Anchorage on the 4th of July.
Camping for two nights at Bird Creek where we met friends who have moved to Alaska. They are hosting at Bird Creek and treated us to chili.
We were able to observe the bore tide (look it up in Wiki or Google).
We were able to observe a sow bear with two cubs through a 240mm Meade. The sow and cubs were truly being observed in their natural setting without any human intervention.
Our New Zealand friends were looking for an overnight spot, so they joined us and we had a traditional campfire. The weather cooperated. We ate dinner and breakfast the next morning at the picnic table. This is only the second time since California, that the weather has been good enough to dine comfortably outside.
Next we stopped at Portage on the road to Whittier to camp for two nights with the couple from Maine. Here we camped downhill from a glacier and you can really feel the cold air (cadibatic wind) somewhat like the cold air coming out of your refrigerator (you can feel it on your feet).
Then we had three nights in Seward. Here the highlight was the Kenai Fjords Cruise. (A few photos). This was a fantastic trip. We have over 400 photos and I have a hard time selecting just a few. We also visited the Marine Sea Life Center in Seward. It would be a great place for taking the kids. Our friends from Maine gave us a book, "Finding Alaska" by Peter Jenkins. I've read the first two chapters and have a hard time putting it down.
Last night we stayed at Hidden Lake, near Sterling at a Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. There was a campfire program and we had a fun time seeing the interaction of the rangers and the kids. We actually learned a few things about trees in a very fun way.
How do trees count? (Answer Later)
Quote from a tee shirt in Seward:
Jesus did not say anything about mowing the lawn, fixing the sink, washing the car and cleaning the garage.