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Aug 12, 2016 - Soldotna, AK

August 12, 2016 Last night we were in the library until almost 7:00 figuring out alternatives to fishing and hiking in the rain. Decided to go to St. Elias Brewery for dinner. Was mobbed with folks but we really enjoyed our Wallipaw IPAs, wood fire pizza and Caesar salad. They are well established having been open since 2008. As with many craft brews, you can purchase only at the brewery. Not raining but overcast. We headed 10 miles to Kenai (population 7,000) home of the Denaina people before the Russians arrived in 1741. The Russian...

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Aug 11, 2016 - Anchorage to Soldotna, AK

August 11, 2016 Unfortunately, the weather forecast is correct. Rain that will follow us all the way down the Kenai Peninsula today. Stopped at Cabela’s and miraculously found a pair of jeans for Bob that were even on sale. Then off on our 150 mile drive on the Seward and Sterling Highways to Soldotna which is on the western side of the peninsula. We soon were driving along the Turnagain Arm through the Potter Marsh Wildlife Refuge. This is a big bird watching area but we had trouble seeing much of anything. The Turnagain is known for...

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Jul 24, 2016 - Parks Hwy, Soldotna, Homer, Kenai, Seward

Out of Fairbanks and south bound. First stop Nenana. A town of the Tanana River about 40 miles from Fairbanks Visited the Railroad Station/Museum. Fun stuff. Found out that this is the PORT for all the river towns in the Interior and the Aluetians. All the barges had finished leaving the day before. Local tribe store/museum wasn't officially open but they let us in anyway. Some serious about the annual boat race and the official ICE OUT tripod. Weather clear and warm -70's. Saw Mt Mckinley, locally spoken of as "mountain's out today" or...

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Jul 18, 2016 - Soldotna

After a podiatrist appt for me and Glenn picking up a prescription at Target, we left Anchorage to begin our Kenai Peninsula. It was a beautiful drive down the Seward Hwy along Turnagain Arm. We spent the night at the Elks Club in Soldotna and ran into a couple we had met at the Elks in Fairbanks. We exchanged contact information with them and they invited us to come "camp" in their driveway in Sedona and they would show us around. Maybe one day...

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Jul 15, 2016 - Kasilof & Soldotna Alaska

Kasilof is where we will be camping the next 2 weeks. This is where we hope to catch salmon. It’s only about 120 miles from Homer so we can take a lazy drive today. Kasilof is a town of roughly 500 people, is the hub of outdoor activity. In the summer, fisherman float in boats or line the banks of the Kasilof River in hopes of catching one of several species of salmon that return annually, including chinook, sockeye and silvers. We get into Crooked Creek camp on a Friday and what a zoo. There are hundreds of campers and tenters and all...

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Jul 14, 2016 - Soldotna, AK

Soldotna, Alaska We drove from Anchorage to Soldotna, a beautiful drive that goes beside the Kenai River most of the way. At Soldotna we stayed at the Centennial/ Swiftriver City Park. Along the river people were fishing for salmon. The salmon run was just starting, and dip net fishing was still 3 days away, July 10. We met people from Switzerland who came for the fishing. People literally come from all over the world to fish in Alaska during the salmon run. We asked for recommendations for a place to eat, and were directed to Mykel's,...

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Alaska Trip 2016

Jul 10, 2016 - Day 47 The Kenai

Well we arrived last Wednesday at our home for the next week, in Soldotna / Kenai Alaska. It is the best campground we have had since we got to Alaska. Plenty of room, to even park the truck! We are a little over 6000 miles into our trip. Somewhere along our journey, I began to notice the truck shifting a little hard, when the engine was cold. I talked to a couple of service guys in Anchorage, they did not think it was anything more than just changing the fluid, so I said OK, change it. Well then they said if it has not been changed before...

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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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