Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Jerry and Mary
Friday, June 26, 2009
Just want all the travelers out there to know that the Beluca Lookout Lodge & RV Park here in Kenai, Alaska has the fastest wi-fi internet speed of any place we have been to since the start of our trip. It's a beautiful park, too, right on the bluff overlooking the water and within walking distance of town's various commercial and eating places. Also, the RV Park has washers and dryers which have a number of boondockers coming here just to do their laundry. Kenai is the largest of the towns on the Kenai Peninsula and has 7,100 people. For those that need supplies, it also has a Home Depot, Lowes, and a Walmart under construction.
From our RV window, we can watch the tides come in and go out. The incoming water rushes in so fast, it is amazing to watch the bay fill up. The literature states that the "37-foot tides here are exceeded only by those in Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy." See picture of the high tide above and picture of low tide below it.
Today, we took a nice 3-hour bike trip around the town. The city of Kenai has a great bike path running along the Kenai Spur Highway.
As an added benefit - we can see Mount Redoubt also from our RV window and watch the steam coming off of the mountain. See picture below.
Tomorrow (Saturday), we will pack up and travel a short distance to the Captain Cook State Park. It will probably take us a whole 15 minutes to get there.
Have a great weekend, everyone.
Jerry and Mary
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
We are located at the mouth of the world famous Kenai River in Kenai, Alaska where it meets the ebb and flow of the Cook Inlet tides. Here is where the salmon enter that the people on the Kenai River are trying to catch. Dave and Dorothy left on Monday to get a head start on fishing.
Even though it rained off and on most of our time in Seward, Jerry had to build a fire on the last night we were there. We loved Seward and only wished we could have taken our bikes out on their long bike trail. Who knows, we may just come back to this place.
(We have super fast wi-fi here in Kenai which makes updating this blog fun and easy.)
After we left Seward, we went to see the Exit Glacier. The drive to the Glacier was on 9 miles of paved scenic road. The Glacier itself is 3 miles long. We had to walk 1/2 mile to get there and then could walk down to the "toe" of the Glacier. Unfortunately, they didn't tell us that after we got down to the bottom, we, along with everyone else, had to figure a way to cross the running water from the Glacier. Most people (including us) decided not to try to cross the water streams.
(See more pictures of Exit Glacier on the side and down below.)
After leaving Exit Glacier, we stopped near Cooper Landing. Everywhere we saw a river, we saw people standing in the water trying to snag salmon. We stopped at a beautiful place along the highway and had a great halibut dinner that Jerry made. See picture below of our view.
After dinner, we were driving down the road and saw Dorothy and Dave's RV parked in a rest area beside the road. We made a U-turn and joined them. But, Dave's plan was to move on at 11 pm so that he could fish from 11-2 am (that was suppose to be the best time to catch fish). Sure enough, they were gone this morning. He later left us a voice mail to say that he caught four salmon last night.
We plan to stay here at Kenai for at least three days. The temperature is about 55 degrees with a few clouds. Even though it is now 11:30 pm, it feels like 6 pm as it is that light outside.
We have been staying up quite late because it stays bright outside, even in the middle of the night.
Jerry and Mary
Sunday, June 21, 2009
See video below:
Thursday, June 18, 2009
On Wednesday (June 17), we had a scheduled appointment to drive the RV onto a Ferry that took us on the marine highway for 2-1/2 hours over to Whittier, Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula. We took the noon Ferry because the only other one leaving Valdez would have taken 5 hours and would have left at 8 in the morning. Taking the Ferry saved us driving approximately 320 miles to get here and traveling back over some of the same roads we were already on.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
We decided to drive from Tok to Valdez even though it was a longer drive than we had planned for the day. But, the drive was absolutely beautiful. We saw the Worthington Glacier (and "blue ice" that we had never seen before). It was raining off and on, so it was a bit difficult to capture the beauty of this drive on the camera. But, we tried. See slide show below. As great as the scenery is, one has to put up with the rough road, though.
Dorothy and Dave are in Anchorage and we will catch up with them in Seward next weekend.
Jerry and Mary
Friday, June 12, 2009
For those of you who are specifically following Dorothy and David's adventure, we had an opportunity to talk to them the other night by cell phone. They made it through to Liard Hot Springs prior to the Highway being closed down. They are in Valdez where Dave is trying to catch fish.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Trying to catch up, with internet connections slower than dial up, is a challange. If you didn't have patience when you start writing a blog under these circumstances, you quickly develop it.
Today, we walked over to the Watson Lake Signpost Forest, a block from the RV park. See the picture of the sign below that describes this unique area. Of course, we had to add our sign consisting of a Pines by the Sea license plate cover with our names, date and words from part of an old (embossed) t-shirt from the East West Ranch (now called the Fiscalini Ranch) ("This is Your Land" Cambria, North Coast SWAP California). In 2006, there were 61,398 signs posted in the Signpost Forest. Now there are 61,399 and, obviously, a lot more than that. See the video of us hanging our sign.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
The one thing you first notice about this beautiful 7-mile long lake is how blue-green is the water. This is because sulfur leaks into the water, turning it a stunning blue-green color. The air temperature was in the low 80s and it was great. The slide show shows a little about our stay in this beautiful place.
The drive on the Alaskan Highway had us weaving in and out of British Columbia and The Yukon. Watson Lake is located in The Yukon where we plan to stay a couple of days, just to get back into civilization (update this blog, get our washing done, and Jerry wants to wash the RV) before heading out again into the sparsely populated area of The Yukon.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
We drove 173 miles on the Alaskan Highway. The scenery was very green. Don't know about their truck drivers, though! They fly past us from either direction with their large empty flat bed hauling trucks. Guess the drivers are in a hurry to get home after unloading their cargo. We saw only one highway patrol car so far and he was stopping one of the truck drivers.
Today we stopped at the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum where we learned more about the building of the Highway (we watched old film footage) and saw the items used back then. The American Army, with the permission of the Canadian government, started construction of the road in November 1942 (November!!!) to provide a passage over land to get to airstrips and ports in Alaska. This was in the event the Japanese tried to attack Alaska and then down into the United States. It took 20 months, with 25,000 men, to complete the 1,500 mile Highway.
Tonight (June 2), we are staying at the Toad River RV Park. (As you can tell by this blog entry, there is wi-fi at this park.)