June 20, 2014
Yesterday, we pulled up stakes at the
Fred Myers in Soldotna where we had been camped
for 2 days. Thanks Fred Myers for allowing us to use your parking area. Great spot to park, and we got to shop too!
However, after a couple of days, it was time for us to move to our reservations down the road.
And, a big travel day it was...not! We only had 40 miles total to Ninilchik, our new
home for the next week.
We arrived at the Alaskan Angler RV Park
where we are set up with full hook-ups, 50amp service, WiFi, and a laundry. And, not a bad deal for Alaska camping. It is a Passport America park, so we got 3 days at that rate and 4 days at Good Sam's rate. And, since we are going to be here for a week, it is nice to have all the amenities of a full hook up site, but, I have to admit that I have been enjoying our parking lot and pull off style of camping.
We have reconnected with Wallace, Wanda, Bennit, and Bea. It is nice for all of us to be
together again! We even picked up Mark Nemeth. What a great evening we had with good food, great friends, and, lot of chatter and laughter.
A prefect end to the day.
Today could not have dawned any better! The sun was shining and there was no wind at all! And, the guys knew they had chosen the right day to go fishing. They had the charter booked and they were ready. They are going with Afishunt which is based right here at our campground.
Thank goodness, because they
couldn't get the boat ready fast enough for these guys.
Once, the boat was ready, fishing license checked,
and the last minute instructions given, they
were off to Deep Creek.
And, when it was their turn, the tractor
hooked on to the boat trailer,
backed into the water, released the boat, and
off. Good luck guys!
Molly and I had followed the guys to Deep Creek, so we could get these great pictures. But, before we returned to the campground, we decided to do a little exploring on our own. At the end of the parking lot, along the waterfront, is a campground...dry camping only. But, just beyond the campground, is a creek, and this is where we found
photo opt after
photo opt, after
Such beauty, the Bald Eagle!
Then, it was back to campground. With all the guys off fishing, we decided it would be a good day to get a few chores done. The day passed quickly, and soon it was time to head back to Deep Creek to wait for the boat to return with our guys, and hopefully some fish!
And, just like this morning, the
tractor backed into the water, and Seth
drove the boat right onto the trailer, and it was
hauled ashore, where the guys had a real fish story to tell!
But, it was still a secret to us, and it wasn't until the boat returned to the campground and the fish were unloaded
hung with care, that we knew their day had been priceless!
Bob and my Mark
were the big winners for the day. Bob's fish weighed in at over 80 lbs and Mark's over 70! All, together, all the guys brought in somewhere around 400 pounds of Halibut!
As soon as the picture taking session was complete, Seth,
wasted no time filleting this big guy! And, when he was finished, we had
a bucket full of halibut, ready to be
bagged, vacuum sealed, flash frozen, and waiting for a ticket to Texas!
We did however, keep just a few pieces out, so our cooks Mark Nemeth and Wallace
could show off their cooking skills. And, so, our
true fish story would have a great ending on
our supper table!
Wishing you all could have been here to enjoy the real fish story!