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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 - 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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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 15, 2011 - Soldotna AK.

We are in Soldotna for 2 nights. We are staying at the Diamond M Ranch RV park. The park is full. The owners work very hard at not turning anyone away. They gave us a spot on a grassy knoll and ran electricity over to us. We have a grass yard. A lot nicer than the gravel lots below us. The RV park is full of lots and lots of fishermen from all over the US. This is the beginning of the second run of the red salmon. We watched the dipnetters from Beluga Whale Lookout for a while. They stand in water up to their elbows holding large nets out...

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Jul 14, 2011 - Another day on the road

Thursday: Travel day to Homer. Started off with rain again but didn't last long. In Ninilchik we drove off the highway on a dirt road for about ¼ mile to see a Russian church that was advertised. When we first got to the church, there was a van partially blocking the road—his battery had died. Irv didn’t realize he was having car problems and had jumped out of the truck to take pictures of the church (couldn’t go inside as they were having a funeral service). In the mean time, another truck behind us had turned around on this narrow road...

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Jul 14, 2011 - Soldotna AK.

Some Alaska Trivia: (from the menu at Sal's Diner) 24 hours daylight 24 hour nights 3 million lakes 586,400 sq.miles Has 17 of the 20 hightest mountains in the US and 19 peaks over 14,000 ft. Mt. McKinley, 20,230 ft, highest mountain on the North American Continent. 1/5 of the land mass of the entire continental U.S. 2 times the size of Texas 29 active volcanoes More coastline than the lower 48: 33,000 miles Has 128 times more area covered by glaciers than all the remaining states combined. 100,000 glaciers in all. The 3 "M's" of Alaska --...

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Jul 9, 2011 - Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area

After driving 20 miles east of Soldotna, we then drove a 20 mile gravel loop through the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area. It sits in the two million acre Kenai National Wildlife Refuge which is the most visited refuge in Alaska. It is characterized by its diverse habitats and wildlife. Moose, bears, wolves, trumpeter swans, and salmon are just a few of the wildlife that call this area home. We stopped at several scenic areas. On one of our hikes we came upon some folks staying at a cabin near the lake. We had to hike down to this spot....

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Jul 7, 2011 - Driving to Soldotna

Today, we left Palmer. We will have to pass back through this area once we finish the Kenai Peninsula. There are several things we want to do in the Anchorage area upon our return. Driving the Seward Highway was spectacular. Actually, I was the passenger. It was exhilarating to drive along Turnagain Arm. Mountains were to our left, the water to our right, and snow-capped mountains beyond the water. Doesn't get much better! The sun was even shining! There were numerous stopping places along the way. Although we did not witness the bore...

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