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Jul 27, 2015 - Soldotna, Alaska

I’ve learned a couple of lessons since our last post. Number one is conventional microwaves don’t burn food and emit smoke while convection microwaves ovens do. I purchased brownies at a local bakery that were, shall we say, a bit uncooked. Heather suggested putting them in the oven, I set the convection microwave for 350 degrees and after it preheated I cooked a test brownie for 2 minutes and an additional 2 minutes. Scott noticed the burning smell and smoke first; I opened the microwave door and quickly shut it before opening the windows...

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Alaska Trip 2015

Jul 16, 2015 - Soldotna, AK

July 16, 2015 – Soldotna, Alaska It rained for two days after our incredible boat trip so, we left Seward on July 13th and traveled north to the Sterling Highway and west toward the west coast of the Kenai Peninsula. The first night, we stayed in Sterling at a fish camp but moved on to Soldotna, a large town of about 4,000 people located on the Kenai River. We are staying at a municipal campground on the Kenai River, Swiftwater Campground, that offers nothing but a campsite and access to the Kenai River along “boardwalks” that provide...

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Jul 13, 2015 - Salmon FIshing on the Kenai River

Today Steve took us all to the Kenai River for some sockeye salmon fishing. First a stop at Trusty’s in Soldotna for some more “stuff”. This is a great store with some great prices on gear. We all found fishing was a lot of fun. we used what they call a Flipping Method, where you don't cast out too far. Just flip it out there, let it go downstream, then flip it out again. The hook only has a small piece of yarn on it. when it is dragged downstream. It is an annoyance to the fish who attack as a defense strike since they don't eat when...

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Feb 15, 2015 - One More Flight To Go

Atlanta, GA - Hartsfield International Airport 2 pm . It has officially become a very long day now and is about to get longer as we have a 4 hour layover here in Atlanta before a 3 hour flight to Managua. . Had dinner with AdriAnna and her boy-friend, Ty, last night at the Anchorage Airport. It was a good meal and really nice to meet AdriAnna's boyfriend for the first time. . After dinner Melody and I did some planning. As I have the Global TSA Pre-Check card I took a couple of the hand carry's with me as I wouldn't have to take anything...

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Feb 14, 2015 - Day- The Longest Day

Funny River, AK 2:00 pm . After a long day yesterday of dealing with paperwork and trying to get the final touches of the packing done, Melody and I dropped Sarah off at the Radio Station so that she could work and then went out to eat. It was a pleasant unrushed dinner. From dinner we went over to the Church for the Annual Church Valentines Day Dessert. Probably 100+ people were there. We sat with friends and not only enjoyed the "Live" Newlywed Show with 5 couples on stage, we each got to participate with each other on the same questions....

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Feb 12, 2015 - 2 Days and Counting

Tonight is 2.12.15. In two short days the first part of the Newberry Family; Melody, Charlie and myself will leave Kenai, Alaska for Managua, Nicaragua via Anchorage, Minneapolis St. Paul, Atlanta and finally Managua. Will and Katie will follow a couple of days later via a different route - through Mexico City. . This will be a fun trip - Melody is excited that Tammi Sterns has a program all set up for her and Charlie and Katie will probably be with Dr. Melba and myself going to her various clinics. Katie is a PA in Training and this will...

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Jul 14, 2014 - Exploring the Kenai Peninsula

Was a beautiful night last night, overlooking the bay with the mountain range in the background. About midnight, I noticed a bright yellow/orange light behind some tall spruce trees in the distance. After a bit I realized it was the moon…we haven’t seen the moon in weeks! It was visible to me about 20 minutes, I almost woke up Dick to see it, it was so beautiful. I even opened the door and he didn’t hear me! I guess it was too light to see the moon before midnight, and since we are in the mountains, it showed only a little before it was...

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Jun 24, 2014 - Tues. 6/24 In Camp

Today was a catch-up-and-prepare day. It was a beautiful Alaskan day. We ran errands, washed the camper (you should see how pretty it is), paid bills (ugh) and prepped for an early departure tomorrow am. Even Flutie got clean for the next part of the trip. The grooming place was less than a 5 minute walk from the campground so I thought I better seize the day. We are heading for Trapper Creek Inn and RV Park, in Trapper Creek AK. It's about 265 miles away, so we must hustle. No internet on site so you may not hear from me tomorrow. The next...

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To Alaska and Back

Jun 24, 2014 - Kenai Peninsula

6/24-7/1 Kenai Peninsula Glimpse of great week with family My brother moved to Alaska in early 70s and found his and his wife’s piece of the woods overlooking a quiet river. They rent out a cabin he built next door that is very nice and has incorporated a lot of his creative artistic pieces into the construction. My sister and her family stayed in it. Adventures: 1) We all took a float plane flight over the Cook Inlet to Big River Lake where we boarded small flat bottom boats for a ride to a small creek inlet. There were a number of salmon...

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Jun 20, 2014 - Fri, 6/20 Palmer to Kenai Peninsula

On our way again today from Palmer, past Anchorage again, and on down the road toward Seward. The road runs along the edge of Cook Inlet with mountains (also again) on both sides. Quite beautiful, but hard to take pics as we were traveling towards the sun. Beluga whales come thru the Inlet as part of their migratory cycle, but we did not see any. About 80 miles down the coast, we split off the Seward Highway to the Sterling Highway, over the Turnagain Pass and in a short time, onto the Kenai Peninsula. Though you could have fooled me. I...

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To Alaska and Back

Jun 18, 2014 - Kenai Peninsula, Soldotna.

The trip from Anchorage to Soldotna on the Kenai Peninsula was slowed by lots of photo stops. The highway travels along Turnagain Arm. It's a very shallow, 40-50 mile long bay which is always muddy. Cousin Ike says the tide goes out 50 miles! It then reveals mud which is very dangerous. People have been stuck in it and perished when the tide came in. We had nice views but we kept thinking of it's dangers at every photo stop. Then, there were the mountains. Alaska never runs out of those. We saw some "combat fishing" on the Kenai River. A...

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Jul 22, 2013 - July 21, 2013 Anchorage and then to the Kenai Peninsula

The quest to catch salmon has begun. We headed to the Kenai Peninsula where we stayed at the Diamond Farm bunkhouse. Great place to stay. It is between Kenai City and Soldotna. they have varying types of housing and a rv park. Salmon fishing was poor for most people and a failure for me. Timing is everything. But the crowds were much smaller than last year.

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