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More Rain for the Kenai Peninsula

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

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We wake up to the pitter patter of raindrops hitting the aluminum trailer roof. Unfortunately this rain will stay with us off and on til we arrive at our Ninilchik RV park later this afternoon. The drive is scenic today, but very few pictures of the mountain this morning due to the rain.

One highlight of the drive is a pair of cubs and a mama black bear that are climbing a tree. They are causing quite a traffic problem. We pull off at a parking lot down the street and walk back to see them. By that time we get back to see them they are honkered down in the tree for what appears to be a daytime nap. They must be at least 20 feet above the ground in the tree. Very cute.

I told Jere and Joe that I want a bear sculpure carved out of wood for my birthday, so we stop at Uncle Lloyds to look at their wood carvings. They have some great carvings. We will stop here again in a few days to make a final pick for a birthday present, when they have a better selection of carvings. They took about 50 of their carvings to Seward for the Mt Marathon July 4th Festival.

Part of our drive follows the Kenai River--the water color is a pretty blue-gray from the glaciers. It's 'claim to fame' is for salmon fishing. We see a few fisherman, but I think the hot salmon run arrives later in the month.

We also stop in Soldotna at their fish viewing boardwalk and visitor center. A few fisherman there, but no salmon to be found.

We arrive at Angler's Resort RV Park in late afternoon. The 3-day reservation that we made several weeks ago cannot be found, but they say 'not to worry' they will figure something out (they're full). So after 30 minutes or so they move one of their rental units and give us a site with full hookups. We had to wait awhile, but they did get us a site as quickly as possible with a smile on their face. I'm not sure that all RV parks would have done the same. In fact as I think back about some of the RV parks we've stayed at, I'm sure that some parks would have said, 'sorry, but we're full and can't do anything'.

We have TV and good wifi! It's been awhile since we watched TV--I miss it and am looking forward to watching the morning news shows tomorrow morning.

After dinner we drive down the road to the old Russian Orthodox church that overlooks the ocean. It no longer appears to be used as a church, but is very interesting to look at.

Then we walk along the Ninilchik Beach before calling it a day. Lots of seagulls and several eagles entertain us during our walk.

Posted by jengelman 13:41 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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