June 17, 2014
Today, we left our
waterfront campground in Seward where
the lilacs were in full bloom.
We backtracked up the
Seward Highway leaving
the mountains behind us.
About 40 miles up the road we left the Seward Highway and picked up the
Sterling Highway to Soldotna. For most of the way, the road was narrow and twisty, with lots of construction. Thankfully, it was
We arrived in Soldotna and found a great place to park at Camp Fred Meyers. After a stroll around the store, checking out groceries, souvenirs, etc. the guys were ready to head for
The Moose is Loose Bakery. And, not one of us could resist
a goodie from this selection of donuts and pastries.
The apple fritters were to die for!
Okay, let's go walk off those calories and no better place than the local
hardware and fishing store. While the guys were learning about fishing in the area, Molly, Mary, and I found a great cast iron pie pan. It will be just right for cornbread and maybe a pie too!
From here, we decided to drive out the Kenai Spur, to get an idea of what was in and around town. We headed out to check out a fishing spot Rod Kendall told us about, but, we got caught in some heavy rain and it hailed on us twice before we could get back to Fred Meyers. We considered the trip a washout and headed back to the rigs, finding
evidence that the rain and hail had beat us back.
Sounds like a good afternoon for a nap.
I read about what was suppose to be a good wildlife loop in the area. So, after dinner, we along with Bob and Molly, headed out to see if we could find moose or caribou. We drove around several of the suggested areas, but, didn't find and thing. We did, however, come across this
viewing area, where got a gorgeous view of Mt. Redoubt Volcano. What a beautiful
sunset out across the water.
Because, it stays light 21 hours a day, the wildlife if late coming out. But, finally, around 10:00 as we were deciding to head home, Bob, caught a glimpse of
this momma and baby out for an evening stroll. Baby wasn't too sure of us and wanted to
to catch up with momma before she darted behind the trees.
On down the road, we found this
guy feeding right along the highway. Well, the sign did read...Watch out for moose on the highway!
I think we rounded out this day!
June 18, 2014
This morning, we planned to resume our sightseeing, that was cut short yesterday by the rain. After breakfast, we drove into Old Town Kenai to look for the
Old Russian Orthodox Church and Parish House Rectory. The Rectory was constructed in 1881, and is the oldest building on the Kenai Peninsula. It still remains the home of the priest who serve in this area. The church is the oldest in Alaska and is now a National Historical Landmark.
We also found this
old building...guess it could be considered a fixer upper!
From high on the hillside, you could see Cook's Inlet...so, we figured out how to get down to the
beach, so I could write in the sand and
put my toes in the water! This one is for you Jim Meacham...wishing you were here too!
On down the road, we found this
Fish Market and
Mary is wishing she could
get in there to help them...or not!
The salmon industry is a very interesting and amazing operation!
Next, we decided to complete our drive on the Kalifornsky Beach Road which leads west at Soldotna and follows the shore of Cook Inlet south to Kasilof...bringing us back to the Sterling Highway. However, before we reached the end of the beach road, Mark, found a little turnoff It took us down to the
waterfront. Here we found lots of campers and fishermen. And, out of all the people that were here, the ones
we chose to talk to, know Wallace and Wanda. It is indeed a small world.
They are using nets to bring in the
fish...a privilege offered only to Alaskan residents.
Across the road from the waterfront, we watched the
eagle feeding the baby.
Come on guys,
it's time to go.
As we were heading back into town, we found this little
shop, Threeguysnowood.com. They are located at the 100th mile marker on the Sterling Highway. Yes, of course, we want to stop. It was a shop filled with
wooden bowls of all shapes and sizes.
We made it back into town for a late lunch...at Molly's favorite, Taco Bell, where we introduced Rich and Mary, not only to Taco Bell, but, to the Meal Deal #3! I think they liked it!
Over lunch, we discussed our plans for moving on down the road....and the decision...
See you tomorrow from Ninilchik!
But, for now, we are all snuggled into our rigs, as once again, the rain has settled over Soldotna.