Soldotna and fishing on the Kenai River

Trip Start Oct 04, 2011
Trip End Mar 17, 2013

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Our last stop in Alaska was in Soldotna, where Carla and Nels live. As it was the peak of the sockeyed salmon fishing we were very glad to be joined by Nate, Allison and their children as well. Our days in Soldotna were spent fishing and cooking and enjoying some marvellous company. I have to admit that I did not fish, much to Marcelo's disappointment. He said, how can you come to Alaska and not fish? I said, I lived by the sea my whole life and did not fish. I enjoyed watching Marcelo and the boys fish though. I was the designated photographer. 
Carla, Nels and Allison are very much into Dutch Oven cooking as well. It's a cast iron pot that was used by many of the pioneers. It is put on hot coals and the hot coals are placed on the lid too, it acts as an oven. You can cook all sorts of things in there, breads, tarts, stews, whole chicken. We enjoyed some delicious experiments of Carla's for the upcoming competitions. 
While we were there Nels was in recovery from his hip surgery. Carla had a hard time getting Nels to recuperate and relax. He is a very active person and would much prefer to be gardening or seeing his patients than lying on his back. I saw a lot of my dad (his first cousin) in him. My dad goes and goes until his battery runs out and he catches the flu or something and physically can not stand, spends a day in bed and then gets up and goes and goes again. For you to get an understanding of Nels powers of endurance, he has done the Iditarod twice! (The husky dog race across Alaska, which is about 1000 miles in length). 
Carla is also a great quilter, and has a quilting machine which she pre programmes with patterns and it stitches them for her.  Marcelo has since set his heart on the idea that I too will become a quilter one day. I don't know when that day will be, but my domestic prowess in the field of sewing has never been developed and has only ever extending to mending buttons and sewing holes. If I had one of those quilting machines though, I may consider it more seriously.

How grateful we are to the Anderson Family, for their hospitality and making us feel like they are family we have always known. We hope they will join us for the up coming family reunion. 
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David Bleakley on

That is proper fishing. Better than a Belfast Lough Whiting

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