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Lots of Rain in Kenai, Alaska

Thursday, July 5, 2007

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We wake up to the sound of raindrops again, so we are slow to get going. We eventually get ready and decide to drive to Kenai, despite the weather. The drive to Kenai is cloudy, but no rain; but also no wildlife nor interesting scenery. We stop at the Kenai Visitor's Center and Museum and find out that they are not showing their Alaska movies today because they lent all of their chairs in the theatre to someone -- only in Alaska :-) So we decide to skip the museum and have some lunch.

By the time we're done with lunch, it's raining steady outside. So no walk on the Kenai beach or around old Kenai; instead we decide to do our laundry. By the time our laundry is done, the rain has slowed somewhat so we visit the old Russian Orthodox church in Kenai. There is a retired priest there that gives a talk about the church and the Russian orthodox religion. So our trip to Kenai is not a complete waste.
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Rainy drive back to the RV park. We have dinner and the rain finally stops, so Jere and I head down to the Ninilchik Beach.
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We're looking for eagles again, but instead we end up watching the commercial fishing boats unload their catch. The Ninilchik harbor is a small harbor and the fishing boats are all small, private boats. We watch about a dozen boats unload before walking back to the RV park.
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There are boats lined up in the bay waiting their turn to come into the harbor and unload their fish.
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I always pictured commercial fishing boats as large trollers with lots of men with large nets--so tonight is a learning experience for me. The captains and their helpers have such a different lifestyle from me -- I can't even imagine having a job as an independant Alaskan fisherman.

On the way back to the RV park we see a couple of eagles. This eagle is sitting by the Ninilchik pond near the dock area:
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Posted by jengelman 13:17 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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