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Jun 28, 2010 - Soldotna, Alaska

It was late whenever Milton and Letha decided to take a run down to Ninilchik to check out the campsites there. The first one was right on the water near a lighthouse up on a nearby mountain side. It was a beautiful site, but we really needed electric and showers. Milton noticed what he thought was a golden eagle flying. It turned out to be a young bald eagle maybe from last years clutch. We know this because there were bald eagles everywhere. There had to be at least a dozen - maybe more - perched in trees, sitting on the ground and...

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Jun 27, 2010 - Soldotna, Alaska

The rain continued as we made our way through Anchorage. We didn't see much of Anchorage this trip, but we will have to come back through here on our way up. Perhaps the rain will be over by then. From Anchorage to Soldotna the scenery is great. We all were wishing once again that clouds weren't so low so we could see the mountains. The Turnagain Arm of Cook's Inlet separated us from the Mt. Clark National Park. Snow covered mountains that we could barely see. Once again, we're hoping for a clear day when we return this way. We can't go to...

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Jun 24, 2010 - A stop at Fred Myers store in Soldotna

Friday June 24 – We got a leisurely start for Homer Spit after saying good bye to our friends, assuring them we would be back and introduce them to Ellie. We drove over to Soldotna and when we stopped at the big Fred Myers store to go shopping, we found that they had several spaces available at their free RV parking area. They even have a free dump station and fresh water station there. Instead of going on to Homer Spit we elected to spend the night there and ended up staying for a second night. They allow up to three days of free staying...

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Sep 3, 2009 - REFLECTIONS AFTER 3 MONTHS RV TRAVEL (10,000 RV and 4,000 car miles)

ON OUR BLESSINGS: We are grateful that we are able to take a trip like this, without worrying too much about money. Of course, we need to be careful, but thanks to Jim’s social security, my federal retirement after over 38 years, and some savings, we are fine. We haven’t experienced the misfortunes of many whom we meet—job losses, Enron or similar fiascoes destroying retirement savings, fleeing persecution or other economic problems. ON OUR GREAT COUNTRY: The vast, varied inherent beauty of the open spaces and wildlife in our country are...

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Aug 27, 2009 - Silver Fishing on the Kenai- Nothing, Zero

Fished for a few hours from the bank, nothing. No one was catching silvers on the Kenai. We bought a 7cu ft freezer and need to fill it up. So we will be headed to Homer tomorrow. Gordon's planning on doing another halibut trip from Homer. Gordon's talking about heading home to fish in Oregon...Uh OH? He must be severely depressed, he didn't catch a fish today. Maybe I should take him to a pet store to stare at fish? Uh Oh, there are no pet stores in Soldotna... Every time we've ever been in Soldotna we limit out on REDS every day..we...

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Aug 25, 2009 - Gordon caught 50 pounds of Halibut fillets

Gordon went Halibut fishing with his favorite charter, the guys wife wanted me to go, and I almost said "yes" but Gordon yelled "NO". Guess they don't need anyone to Chum this trip:-) Gordon writes: The boat went out 20 miles, fished 150 feet for halibut, 30 pound was the average weight, limited out, flat beautiful day, not a wave. Gordon caught 6 keepers himself. I went to Anchorage with Gordon's cousin, Barb, we went out for lunch and had a wonderful salad and we talked and talked and talked. She went to her 3 hour class and let me drive...

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Aug 13, 2009 - Soldotna and Kenai

We left Homer and headed back along the road to Soldotna a major commercial center on the Kenai Peninsula. Soldotna has a single claim to fame. The world’s largest sport-caught king salmon, at almost 100 pounds, came from the Kenai River. The Kenai River also has a different trophy class to the rest of Alaska for King Salmon, at 75 pounds compared to 50 pounds. The next day despite the rain we drove along the road to Kenai. Kenai came into being with the arrival of the Russians over 200 years ago. One of the main attractions in the small...

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Aug 10, 2009 - Drive to Soldotna

Our drive to Soldotna was uneventful as we drove through the rolling hills of south Kenai Peninsula during a nice, partly cloudy morning. The further north we drove the nicer the weather got and warmer. We did some laundry and internet to get the blog updated and check our bill status. We did a few walks along the river and I did a brief fishing outing on my birthday but did not catch anything. The river is between the Red Salmon run and the Silver salmon run. Oh well, we have some good frozen fish to eat for the rest of the trip. Next we...

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Aug 8, 2009 - Homer to Soldatna

Saturday, August 8, 2009. Edgewater RV Park, Soldotna, Alaska Homer to Soldotna We had stayed up late last night with our campfire so we slept in this morning which was really nice. I'm sure Tom enjoyed it more than anybody since he usually has to get up so early. We knew we would be pulling out today but we hadn't made it up to the higher elevation spots in town where you can see the spit. We wanted to do that before we left so I ran over and asked Mike and Mary if they wanted to join us. We hadn't had breakfast yet but I wanted to catch...

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Jul 26, 2009 - NFD

NO FISH DAY. If any of you were hoping for a salmon dinner, forget it. As our guide said, "It's been a slow year, it's been a slow month, it's been a slow week--and today is no different." Only one forty pounder in our boat. Oh, Chester caught a nice rainbow, but we really wanted salmon. Out of eight or nine boats that came in when we did, I only saw the one from ours. Wish it had been mine!!! Let's hope for better luck Monday. Oh, yes, rain again most of today. I need a dose of sunshine.

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Jul 26, 2009 - Soldotna - Our favorite place so far

Sunshine at last!! Our next leg was to take us to the town of Soldotna. The town is set on the Kenai River with lots of CGs to choose from. It is another place popular with fishermen. We decided to try to find a spot in the city run Centennial Park CG. We found a nice site about a quarter mile from the river. The CG is set in a Black Pine forest with dirt roads and dirt pads. There is lots of good spacing between most sites, though the sites along the river are tighter. We setup camp and headed down to the river. We hit it perfectly, the...

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Jul 24, 2009 - Soldotna, AK

We drove all the way through Anchorage to Sterling during the rain and not the best roads. Permafrost heaves that resemble small roller coasters were the norm and potholes every once in a while. But Alaska has job security for its road departments--many crews doing repairs and at least keeping the gravel areas smooth. Our campground is in Sterling - about 12 miles from Soldotna. Why?? Because the great king salmon magnet has drawn every Alaskan to the Kenai Peninsula. Seriously, every campground is side to side with campers, even the Fred...

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Bells on the Road

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