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Aug 7, 2014 - Nikiski to Palmer

Yesterday we went to Soldotna to turn in the key to the Tustumena gate, and to get a dozen apple friters at the “Moose is Loose” bakery. Also, stopped by Robin Place Fabrics (a real upscale quilt shoppe). I didn’t buy any fabric; however, we will be in Wasilla and there is a quilt shoppe there. I do have the web site for Robin’s though and saw a really neat kit! The proprietor said she would be glad to mail it to me. We didn’t stop at JoAnne’s since my discount card has expired—so will just get it renewed when we get home. Then we stopped...

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Jul 31, 2014 - Another Day at Nikiski AK

Tuesday, we drove into Kenai and had lunch; visited with Mr. Leggett, who we met on the way to Alaska, at the Kenai HS; then stopped at Carr’s Safeway for groceries. On the way back up the Kenai Spur Highway we stopped at the place that makes “bird houses” for some fresh grown zucchini and cucumbers. While at the bird house place on the bluffs, I took some pictures of the mountains across from Cook Inlet. We have been having beautiful weather here—temps were in high 60s and low 70s. Wednesday, I went up to the video store and picked up a...

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Jul 25, 2014 - Nikiski to Soldotna Round Trip

Sorry I haven’t sent a blog recently, but we have been busy! Sunday went to North Star UMC, watched a movie—no TV. Monday watched another movie and turned in the two movies we rented from Northern Video. The mowing crew came and mowed the grounds here at the school. They come every Monday rain or shine. I have been piecing some quilt blocks from the Moda fabric packet that I bought at Tomorrow’s Treasures, and the fabric that I bought from SewMini Things at the Quilt Show & during the retreat, and from the quilt store in Lake City. I am...

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Jul 18, 2014 - Nikiski School Hosting

Wednesday, we drove to Soldotna around noon, stopped at the DQ for lunch, then to the “Moose Is Loose” bakery for apple fritters, and finally to Fred Meyers for groceries. There were RV’s everywhere in Fred Meyers’ parking lot, campgrounds, cars or pickup trucks parked on the street, and boats on the Kenai and Cook Inlet. Salmon dipping season is in full-swing! Since we don’t have any TV reception here in Nikiski, stopped at the Great Northern Video store and got two dvd’s since on Wednesdays you get two for the price of one ($3.60). That’s...

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Jun 9, 2014 - Our Latest Pursuits

Saturday, June 7th, we decided to go for a ride—stopped at the Tesoro for gas which was $4.17/gallon, continued on down the Kenai Spur Highway to Soldotna. We observed a funnel of smoke which we decided was what was left of the Funny River fire. Stopped at Frosos for dinner and then drove out the Funny River Road and the Salmon Run Road. We were able to see evidence from the fire; however, it appears that many of threes will survive. Believe that the fire may continue, but it seems to be pretty much under control. They are starting to send...

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Jun 4, 2014 - Nikiski Adventures!

Yesterday was a beautiful day! We have been having very pleasant sunshiny days since the rain on Sunday. When the sun finally goes down, it cools off, but the days have been great. I took a picture yesterday at about 10:30 p.m. and the sun was so bright, I had to use the coach entrance door to shield the camera lens as you can see the sun ray on the grass from left to right. Marvin went to Kenai yesterday and got a haircut from the same barbershop he visited last time we were here (2011), then to the Wal-Mart for drinking water, and some...

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Jun 1, 2014 - From Anchorage to Nikiski

We left Anchorage on Friday, May 30th after going to the Tikahtnu Commons to fuel up with diesel at SAM’s. Took a few pictures while Marvin was getting diesel since this is the site where we stayed in 2004 on Oil Well Road across from the Native Center. It was a really nice campground, but the economy always wins when someone wants to put in a shopping center! They had just opened a Texas Roadhouse, there is a large cinema, Olive Garden, Red Robin, SAMs, TARGET, etc., etc. We hitched up the Enclave and headed for the Kenai Peninsula in the...

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Aug 11, 2011 - Last Post from Nikiski

Thursday, I went to North Star United Methodist Church to take some food to the food pantry and stayed while several folks came for food for their families. One fellow came in a truck and got food for his mother, his family, and a couple of neighbors that had no transportation. Another man came in on a 4-wheeler as he had no other transportation and who had three children; he only had a wood stove to cook on so he has no way to bake anything. The church is providing a great service to these folks who have fallen on bad times. In the...

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Aug 1, 2011 - Week's Activities from Nikiski to Kenai to Homer and Return

This will be a catch-up for my blog from July 23 through August 1, 2011. After going fishing for red sockeye salmon on Wednesday, July 20th, I got a really bad respiratory infection and haven’t felt like keeping up with my blog. So I will try to bring you all up-to-date with this entry. Marvin went on another overnight halibut fishing trip on the Nautilis II Saturday and Sunday. He and the rest of the folks on the charter all got their limit—4 apiece. None of the halibut were large, but they were all just the right size for delicious...

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Jul 17, 2011 - Captain Cook State Park

Our last day in Homer was another beautiful, sunny day. The weather is more often cloudy and rainy than sunny, so to have another nice day is worth mentioning. We stayed an extra day in Homer in order to join Luke, Judy (aka Cool Judy), Frank, Gloria, Tom, and Paula for dinner at the Elks Club Friday night. Frank and Gloria were at Teklanika Campground in Denali while we were there; the rest of the group we met at Riley Creek Campground. It has been nice getting to know these folks (all Escapees) a little better and look forward to seeing...

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Scratchin' the Itch

Jul 14, 2011 - Trips to Soldotna and Kenai

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 Today we travelled to Soldotna for a visit to Central Peninsula Hospital (Infusion Center) for my three-month blood work and to have my port flushed. I’ve been checked so now I have to wait to hear the results. Hopefully, everything will be OK since I’m feeling fine. We also tried out the restaurant/sports bar called “Buckets”. They had great clam chowder! Atmosphere was a bit noisy, but the food was delicious. Then it was off to Fred Meyer to pick up some groceries. They have been having beautiful fruit and...

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Jul 9, 2011 - What's Happening in Nikiski, AK

Tuesday, July 5th: We went to Soldotna to the doctor’s office so that Marvin could get a Coumadin check. Then we drove out to Sterling to Suzie’s Café for lunch. After lunch we checked at Radio Shack to see if the Blackberry had arrived—since it hadn’t, we drove over to the visitors’ center and walked down to see where the fish walk was located. So far the salmon “reds” are not in on the Kenai River in Soldotna. Since we still had some time to kill, I got my hair cut. I had been trying to decide where to go, but thought the place someone at...

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