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August 3 - August 11
This week our pace has slowed to a stroll compared to the heart-thumping activity of last week. It is nice to settle back and saunter along; to breathe in stillness and solitude, and to see what the wild delivers to you without seeking it.
We left Seward and proceeded to make our way south on the Sterling Highway, then we took the Skilak Lake Loop Rd. to check out the free camping options there. There ...
We stayed at a very nice B&B situated on the Upper Kenai River, complete with deck overlooking the river and a dock on the river... the salmon were just jumping periodically.
We went driftboat fishing on the Upper Kenai River. A great time; a great guide, Adam Snyder; awesome scenery- 5 or 6 eagles on trees; 2 moose crossing river with wicked currents.
Hilry caught a Dolly Varden; Gary landed 2 sockeye salmon, a Dolly ...
... Scott and Pat however were kind enough to share their first catches with us all. That is really being a good friend! I know we will all get our share of fish and catching them but it is frustrating when you can see the fish jump in front of you but they won't take your bait. Argggg!
I have to say though that the day was warm, the water clear and clean blue, the mountains all around, eagles flying over head, bears fishing in ...
... had been caught in the sluice box. This part took some time and Matt and I got antsy as it looked like our raft guide was ready for us. John's helper said they all worked for the same people, so not to worry. Prospector John stepped in to help as well. John told his helper to make sure everyone got a garnet with their gold!
This was a fun way to pass the time and a much better experience than the mine.
When we were talking ...
... almost five hours before our flight, but decided we were ready to move on. Even though we had so called confirmed tickets for our flight via Seattle, we still weren't given seats yet. The check in kiosk even advised how overbooked the flight was, to the point that it offered $200 vouchers for anyone wishing to fly the following day.
At the check-in gate, no one was coming forward to give up their seats, so Ted and I offered to give up ours, asking if we could fly on ...