Soldotna, AK - Exit Glacier & Drive to Soldotna
Jul 22, 2011
|(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 – not sure exactly what the purpose is.
After we returned to the campground we had lunch and then packed up. It was a little difficult leaving this mesmirizing place but we know we’ll find more beautiful places as we head on down the road.
We headed back north on Hwy 9 to Hwy 1 and then west across the Kenai Peninsula to Soldotna where we are spending the night. There must be 30+ RVs here at Fred Meyer (grocery store).
The traffic was heavy since this is prime salmon fishing season and the weekenders were heading into this area to take advantage of the great fishing on the Kenai River, which runs right through this area. It is known to have some of the best salmon fishing in the world. In fact the world record King salmon was taken from the Kenai River near Soldotna in 1985. It weighed 97 lbs., 4 oz....is that incredible or what!
Weather: Overnight low was 55°. Partly cloudy with highs in the low 70’s
Critters: Salmon jumping into the fish weir at Bear Creek.
Mileage: Today - 94 miles, cumulative since leaving AZ on 4-6-11 – 7,461 miles.
Gasoline Price: $4.399/gal in Seward, AK
Tonight’s stop: We are spending the night in Soldotna, AK