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Aug 6, 2011 - Soldotna, AK

We were sad to leave Homer since it is such a beautiful spot and we knew we could spend at least another week here. But it is still a long ways back to California and there are more spots we need to visit before reaching California, so on we headed towards Kenai. We were told that Fred Meyer in Soldotna allows RVers to stay overnight in their lot for free, and they even have water and a dump station. We dropped the RV off at Fred Meyer, joining a half dozen other RVs, and took off to explore the area with the Liberty. Our first stop was the...

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Aug 1, 2011 - Soldotna & Homer, AK

July 29 thru Aug 1, 2011, Soldotna, AK Klondike RV Park We had a nice and easy trip here to Soldotna. Soldotna is located 140 miles south of Anchorage and is known as the central hub of the Kenai Peninsula. And in case you do not know, the Kenai Peninsula is currently playing host to every red blooded man & women who are seeking salmon. There are so many creeks and rivers on the way here and they all had fishermen/women up and down their banks. The lady who runs the campground here says they are catching more salmon this year than in the...

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Jul 31, 2011 - Soldotna, AK

We left Seward on Friday, but there is one thing about Seward that surprised me. The Iditarod Trail actually started in Seward and was known as the Seward-to-Nome Mail Trail. There is a historic marker in Seward denoting the start of the Iditarod Trail. The trail was used to take gold seekers north during the first part of the twentieth century, prior to the diphtheria outbreak in Nome when part of the trail was used to carry serum to the town. We were delayed in leaving the campground as while doing a light check after hooking up the car,...

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Jul 31, 2011 - Anchorage to Soldotna

We leave the campground with dark clouds overhead; stop at a visitor center along the way toward Girdwood. After a drive through Girdwood where there is a ski resort; we had thought about taking a ride on the tram but with the raindrops falling and the low cloud cover we chose not to do so. On down the road we stop in Sterling for Frank to take a check of the Rose; we had some REDLIGHTS coming on, but found nothing wrong, we continue on arriving at the “Fred Meyer’s” Parking Lot in Soldotna, AK. For you who don’t know Fred Meyer is the...

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Jul 30, 2011 - Soldotna, AK

We left Seward. We ended our travel day early and stopped in Soldotna. We stayed overnight in the parking lot of the Elks Lodge which had electrical and water hookups. Several public fishwalks have been constructed in the Soldotna area in order to make the popular Kenai River more accessible to the public. The wide, swift Kenai River does not have an easily accessible, gently sloping riverbank. The fishwalks allow the city to put people on the riverbank without degrading the environment. We also took a side trip to the town of Kenai. It...

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Jul 30, 2011 - Anchorage, AK

As for the weather, looks like it’s going to be a pretty day; so we are off to Anchorage. First stop will be the Anchorage Museum; we enjoyed the tour, it was very informative, a showcase of collection depicting 10,000 years of Alaska history. From there the Trolley Tour of the city was next on our to do list; did not enjoy it that much, did a lot of riding around residential area, did see a Mama Moose with her twins on outskirt of the city. We concluded our day with some souvenir shopping and a ride around Eagle River on our way back to...

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Jul 22, 2011 - Soldotna, AK - Exit Glacier & Drive to Soldotna

(Ron Writing) We had beautiful weather. I think we must have hit Seward’s one week of summer – let’s just say they are not known for having a lot of weather like this! This morning we took a short drive out to Exit Glacier. This is the only glacier around here that you can drive up close to and then take a short hike right up to the ice field. It was a great day for a hike and with mostly sunny skies the glacier was beautiful. After that we stopped by the Bear Lake fish weir. Salmon returning up Bear Creek to spawn are trapped in the weir –...

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Jul 21, 2011 - Good News and Kenai River Adventures

GOOD NEWS!!! Had my 3-month blood test on Wednesday and when I called Dr. Pinnamaneni’s office on this past Monday. My results were: NORMAL! We decided to try our luck at salmon fishing in the Kenai River so Tuesday, we got some 30 test line, a new fishing rod, some red hooks, etc., and a 3-day license for me. We checked out the Moose Meadows where there is a boardwalk and cleaning station. Also, stopped at the “Moose is Loose” Bakery for some apple fritters. They are really yummy. On Wednesday, we were off at 6 o’clock am to fish for red...

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Jul 20, 2011 - Canoeing in Soldotna

After dropping Zac at Wagging Tails for a shampoo, we took advantage of the paved trail and did a 6 mile run. Zac is healing from a dog bite he received from an unleashed dog in a Soldotna neighborhood the last time we were here. Efforts to make contact with the owner have been in vain. We did not visit a vet, but have cared for it daily. He seems to be healing well. We then visited with Diana Taplin, owner of Cad Re Feeds & Grandma's Cupboard. This is someone that we have heard about from Jack Dugger, Sr. in year's past. Diana and Jack...

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Jul 19, 2011 - Dipnetting at the Kenai

After our morning walk with Zac, we walked down to the Kenai River Bridge. There's a wonderful walkway down to the river. We watched some of the fishing. Talked to some young men from Oregon who were cleaning their catches. It was our intention to do some hiking today within the Kenai Wildlife Refuge here in Soldotna. We enjoyed the visitors' center. It was there that I learned that we did not see a Ptarmigan last week on Bear Mountain. It was very likely a Spruce Grouse. There was minimal hiking here. We walked down to Headquarters Lake....

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Jul 18, 2011 - Combat Fishing On the Kenai River

2011-07-18 Combat Fishing On the Kenai River We pulled out of Seward this morning and drove back north to the Sterling Hwy and took it west to Soldotna, AK. The visitor center here is located right on the Kenai River and right now the Silver Salmon are making a run up the river. Alaska residents are permitted to use dip nets to catch salmon for their own use, but non-residents must use a lure with a single hook. Now, since the salmon are NOT feeding for the whole time they are making their run up the river one has little chance of getting...

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Jul 18, 2011 - Back to Soldotna

We had a LONG 32 mile drive back to Soldotna. We will stay here until Thursday before leaving for Seward. Traffic was stopped in both directions about 5 miles south of Soldotna. While sitting on the highway, we heard it was a rollover. When life flight arrived, we knew it had to be serious. When listening to the evening news, we learned the tragic outcome. A state senator from North Dakota came here and went halibut fishing with his son and 11 year old grandson. Another man from Minnesota was with them. Upon what was probably their return...

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