We are now at Johnson Lake State Park. I haven’t been able to post anything since we do not have WiFi at the site. However, I have made an arrangement with the Kasilof RV Park, which is across the road from the park, to use their WiFi. We will also be doing laundry and showers there also. So, here I am today….doing the laundry and catching up on emails and the blog (and also taking a shower, but not at the same time!!)
I am posting a picture of the Wrangle Mountains.
I am simply running out of adjectives that fully describe the views. While we were driving into Anchorage, we had blue skies. The contrast of the snow covered mountains was amazing. The new snow that fell days before gave a glossy shine to the mountains. We have arrived in Alaska about 3 weeks earlier than we did last year, so there is much more snow on the mountains. The main runoff hasn’t occurred yet. Many of the river beds are empty and running clear. However, once it warms up a bit more, those rivers will be full and rushing.
We stopped by Portage Lake, planning to camp there one night but all the campgrounds were still snowed covered. However, the lake was absolutely beautiful and pristine. They were just starting with the lake cruises.
We arrived at Johnson Lake State Park on May 10.
The snow is gone, but the ground cover is still brown and dry. The birch trees are just starting to bud out. In another 2 weeks everything should be green. The lake reminds us a bit of Horsethief Lake outside of Cascade. The campsites are very nice and the lake is quiet and enclosed.
The Fish and Game just planted 5000 fish last week. Since the winter was mild, the lake didn’t freeze up completely. There will be some trout that wintered over and they should be good size. Garry has already gone fishing, but didn’t catch anything. Today is “Take a Kid Fishing”, where guides in the area take kids out and teach them how to fish. There will be around 16 kids and several guides with boats on the lake today. We have been invited to join them for lunch.
We do have a resident moose, a yearling. He walked by the camp about 50 feet from the camper. Bella went ballistic! Have you ever seen a dog try to go through a camper window? Bella wasn’t sure what that thing was, but she did not want it nearby! Garry has planted some garden containers with lettuce and other early crops. I am sure the moose will visit regularly once he finds the garden!
Camphost training is this coming Monday. I will post more later.