06.07.2010 - 12.07.2010 67 °F
Well, it is about time! Ron insisted that Debra experience midnight fishing in Alaska on their last night. Debra would have preferred going to bed, but she went along. Garry and I stayed at the camp; we were too exhausted to go out at midnight. They went to a fishing spot we had heard about on the Kenai river. It didn't take long before Debra had one on. They forgot to take the net, so it was a challenge bringing the fish to the bank. Debra lost 2 fish from the bank! I guess Ron was about to dive for the fish! Both of them came home around 3 a.m. with one fish apiece. What a way to end the trip to Alaska.
Debra and Ron with their sockeye salmon catch!
This is the Kenai River where Debra and Ron caught their fish. I took this picture when we first tried out this spot, with no luck.
Debra was the most 'stylish' fisherman on the river. She had on her Alice in Chains sweatshirt, the new Time Bandit hat, and of course, the hip boots!
In the small amount of spare time from fishing, we tried to get Debra and Ron to some of the beautiful sights in Alaska. Debra stopped for a wade in the icy cold waters of Portage lake, fed by the glacier in the background. It was a cool, rainy day!
We took a tour of a family commercial fishing business on the Cook Inlet. It was quite informative. We learned about the challenges a family must go through just to pay for the costs of fishing. It is definately a way of life they must love, because there is not a lot of money in it! We bought fish from the family business to send home with Deb and Ron. Their visit was not complete without a trip to Skilak lake, one of my favorite spots in Alaska.
Garry and I are now resting after all the company. The second run of sockeye is just starting and we plan to go fishing tonight. There is also a huge low tide this week, so we plan to do some clamming with the camphosts at Deep Creek.
Last night we had our first bear report in the campground. Around 1 a.m. an alarmed camper came to our site to report that a brown bear had run right through their camping site. We got out of bed and drove around the campground, alerting the campers who were still up that there was a bear in the campground. We did not have a chance to see the bear. We haven't seen a brown bear yet this year, so maybe we will get to see this one after he tears into food and garbage that has been left out! We have far to many campers who leave food out, so I am very surprised that this bear didn't linger to taste all the goodies left out! Maybe he was more interested in the fish on the Kasilof!