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Aug 20, 2015 - Fishing in Soldotna

We drove to the Kenai Peninsula and pulled into Centennial Park in Soldotna. This is a great spot to fish on the Kenai River. This is the same place we came last month for Sockeye fishing. Today it is Silver Salmon or Coho. Tricia and her husband Steve drove up from Ninilchik and met us here. This is what they call Beer and Armchair fishing. Picture a parking lot with a bunch of trucks parked along the river, and people in chairs behind the trucks. On the river bank is a line of maybe 40 poles stuck in holders. These poles have bells on...

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Aug 6, 2015 - Fishing for Salmon- August 2, 2015

We got up at 3:30am and headed over to the launch site and met our guide and the other two people who were fishing in our boat. It was a fellow from Penn, and his grandson. This was their second trip to Alaska and had fished elsewhere last year and were headed Halibut fishing after our trip. We loaded up into the boat and headed out into the Kenai River and traveled about 15 minutes out into the river. We reached a gravel bar and all put on waders and got out onto the bar. We were about knee deep in water. The technique for fishing for...

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Aug 6, 2015 - Down to Soldotna- August 1, 2015

Today we headed down through Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula. We got to drive the Seward Highway which is a National Scenic Highway. The views of the mountains lining the Turnagain Arm are just spectacular. Our first stop was a scenic overlook where we took some pictures to prove we were there. then we headed down to an old gold mine where the boys could learn about life during the gold rush and try their hand and panning gold and hopefully strike it rich. Well they had fun and did find some gold, but hardly enough to say they struck...

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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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