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Aug 31, 2009 - Russian River ; Dolly Varden, Silvers?

Gordon Writes: Fly fishing for Dolly Varden, and hope to find a Silver. Vicki Writes:I wish I would of put the title on this day it would of read "Fishes with Bears". OMG....There are bears everywhere and he wants me to fish!!!! I am not exaggerating about his OCD with fishing, it's not as bad as his four wheel drive fetish, but it's second! I talked to the cutest kid at the Bait store who told me he fought off 4 grizzly bears with a single flare. T Shirts are 70% off! I went crazy...Now everyone knows what they're getting for Christmas:-)...

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Aug 26, 2009 - Leaving Kenai River heading for Lower 48

We had a break in the weather yesterday; the rain did not begin until I returned to the trailer. I say we, since there were 4 fishermen in each drift boat. Surprise, I am accustomed to fishing by myself. We had to learn synchronized fishing. I shared the boat with two youngsters from Loveland CO, who were on a two week fishing trip, sans family, and another youngster, a professor for Ohio State, celebrating his 60th birthday. We spent 8 hours on the river, floating through the Canyon, reported to be the home of class three rapids and huge...

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Aug 23, 2009 - Kenai River

We left the lodge for the boat and van ride to Dillingham about 8 AM yesterday. I arrived in Anchorage at 11:15 and after a trip to the grocery store, I picked up the trailer. The best thing that happened was locating a car wash that would wash the trailer for me, without unhooking. The wash was called Monster Wash, appropriately named. I headed south toward the Kenai Peninsula, choosing an RV park in Cooper Landing on the Kenai River. The Princess Wildness Lodge and RV Park is great, if only QC could be here, espresso cafe, bakery, spa and...

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Aug 7, 2009 - Going down the Turnagin Arm

We left Anchorage with the sun shining and headed down the Seward Highway onto the Kenai Peninsula. The road hugged the shore of the Turnagin Arm and then after Portage the highway steeply climbed into the Kenai mountains to the alpine terrain of the Turnagin Pass. We then made our way through the mountains and descended down to run alongside the Kenai River to Cooper Landing, where we decided to base ourselves for a couple of days. After settling ourselves at the campground which was in the grounds of the Kenai Pricess Lodge we had a great...

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Aug 1, 2009 - Tern Lake Junction, Alaska

Our route today: West on Alaska 1 Glenn Highway to Anchorage then south on Alaska 1 where name changes to the Seward Highway. The first stop of the day was Eureka Summit at an elevation of 3,322 ft. This is the highest point on the Glenn Highway. There are great views of the Chugach Mountains to the south, and peaks of the Talkeetna Mountains to the northwest. This pullout is a very large gravel area that is used by people with ATV’s. We watched several groups unload their machines and ride off on the many trails. It was very windy and cold...

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Jul 29, 2009 - Williwaw to Russian River

Wednesday, July 29, 2009. Russian River Campground Overflow Parking Lot, Cooper Landing, Alaska Best Laid Plans We left the Williwaw Campground in Chugach National Forest at noon today and drove on over to the Visitor Center again. We had time to see the rest of it this afternoon so we did that after Tom finished up with work. We heard the presentation on the spruce beetle that is killing so many of the trees in North America. It was interesting. We spent a little more time looking at the glaciers from the Visitor Center. The weather was a...

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Jul 25, 2009 - Cooper's Landing

The weather was again chilly and breezy so we decided to head inland to Cooper’s Landing for our next leg of our journey. The drive was about 50 miles through some mountainous terrain but again very scenic with rivers and lakes along the way. Cooper’s Landing is headquarters for some of Kenai’s best Salmon fishing. Sockeyes or Reds as they are known locally are currently and are some of the best tasting salmon.. We reserved a spot at what sounded like a really nice CG called Riverview but as has been the case on numerous occasions, the...

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Jul 23, 2009 - Russian River, Cooper Landing and bear viewing

After two wonderful days at Homer, some fellow campers told us about the bears at the Russian River in Cooper landing. So off we went on a bear Hunt. Checked into Federal Campground, nice place, and started off for a 6mile round trip walk to the Russian river Falls. We got there at dinner time for the bears, about 6pm. They have a nice platform for you to look at the falls and if you get lucky see a bear. While waiting patiently Benton took off to go down to the river and look at the thousands of Silver Salmon trying to go up the falls. I...

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Jul 23, 2009 - Cooper Landing

July 20 We began our return trip back up the Kenai Peninsula today. We didn’t go far. Back through Soldotna and up though Sterling to the little community of Cooper Landing, where the beautiful Kenai River flows from Lake Kenai. The river’s water is a blue-green turquoise color, clear and 40 degrees cold. It is glacier fed, but the lake filters out most of the silt, giving the river it’s unusual color. But the thing that brings people to this river in July is the salmon fishing. They call it “combat” fishing whenever you see dozens, even...

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Jul 23, 2009 - Kenai River at Princess Lodge RV Park

We have been fishing for "Reds" Sockeye Salmon at the Kenai River the last few days. We have only caught 2 so far and had them for supper. They were sure good. The water is a beautiful color of blue-green and is moving very fast as it flows through some beautiful country side. In some places you can see hundreds of people fishing side by side along the river bank. This is called "Combat Fishing" and we did this one day. We would rather be away from all the others. We did get to see a small brown bear on the other side of the river from us...

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Jul 22, 2009 - Cooper Landing

We left the rainforest of Portage going halfway across the isthmus to Coopers Landing, established in the Gold Rush days, now the center of fishing on the Kenai & Russian Rivers. We recouped from the 3 days of rain and no hook-ups by doing laundry all day and catching up our Blogs & emails. The weather was sunnier but the clouds came in and it was misting by evening. The morning began barely misting, so we went on a hike along the Russian River with a promise of a viewing platform to see the salmon swimming upstream. It was an easy trail,...

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Jul 22, 2009 - Coopers Landing

Miles Today: 85 Total Miles: 5903 Monday: We left Ninilchik and headed to Cooper Landing with a stop at the grocery in Soldaotna. Some rain, but not much. We are now driving back on the same road we used already, so it is not new territory for us. Our RV park at Cooper Landing is part of a Resort lodge that sits on the Kenai River. This is the river that is full of "Red" Sockeye Salmon. Bonita and I walked down to the river and the salmon was everywhere. We went back and got Bill and the three of us went fishing. Bill and I caught one each...

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