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I’m a Going Fishing

We were driving out of Valdez and a couple of hours down the road we crossed the Copper River. There were a bunch of people lined along both sides of the bank fishing. We decided to have a closer look and stopped to see people just hauling in salmon, one after the next. Everywhere we’d been so far people had been saying “you’re just a bit early, the salmon will be running soon”. Finally we were in the right place at the right time.

The Inspiration

The Inspiration

We checked into the aptly named King for a Day RV Park, got ourselves some licences and a bit of tackle and were raring to go. The saying “like shooting fish in a barrel” would seemingly apply in this situation. Some guys made it look just too easy. We perhaps had a bit of false confidence going in; however, it was still a lot of fun. A lot of fish got away and Mark apparently hooked two massive ones that broke the line. Unfortunately I wasn’t there, so cannot vouch for him on this one.

Fisherman or Gentleman?

Fisherman or Gentleman?

I caught what one guy referred to as ” a nice looking white fish” and we cooked up a pretty tasty dinner with the pathetic supplies that we had in the van. Obviously I was singing away “you can bet your life that your sweet wife is gonna catch more fish than you”.

Waiting, Waiting

Waiting, Waiting

My Little Fish

My Little Fish

Dinner - Salmon in a Spicy, Garlic, Tomato Broth

Dinner – Salmon in a Spicy, Garlic, Tomato Broth

After dinner with determination and stronger line Mark set out again. This time he caught a fairly decent sized fish and was pretty pumped.

Big Fish

Big Fish

Mark obviously wanted to keep fishing; however, we didn’t have anywhere to store any more fish. Although we have a fridge Mark hadn’t gotten around to hooking it up. What I have learnt is that there is nothing like fishing to motivate a man. He stayed up late that night wiring up the fridge so that he could go fishing again in the morning.

Hobo House? Fridge Wiring Process.

Hobo House? Fridge Wiring Process.

Now I have  a cold fridge, full of fresh salmon and couldn’t be happier.

Here are some food pictures from salmon week.

Salmon Burgers with Wasabi Mayo

Salmon Burgers with Wasabi Mayo

Salmon Coconut Madras

Salmon Coconut Madras

Crispy Salt and Pepper Skin

Crispy Salt and Pepper Skin

Salmon with a Creamy Dill Sauce and Veg

Salmon with a Creamy Dill Sauce and Veg

 

Chasing Icebergs

It was cold and dreary the entire time we were in Valdez. We had a few beers at ‘The Fat Mermaid’ while the locals were setting off fireworks for the 4th of July.  You could hardly see the fireworks through the fog, plus it was light outside until about 11pm. I’m sure the fireworks are better at New Year’s.

Despite the weather, or perhaps because of it, there was a calm sense of anticipation in the village. The harbour was full of fishing boats waiting for the pink salmon to start running. And the poor weather gave us a great excuse to lounge around in the van all day watching movies on the laptop and catching up on some neglected internet errands.  It was nice to have a holiday from our holiday for a day.

The main reason for visiting Valdez was to take a kayaking tour to paddle amongst the icebergs of the Columbia Glacier.  The glacier has been retreating since the mid 80’s, hastened by the sea water lapping at it’s toe. It leaves behind a trail of icebergs that have calved off the main glacier into the bay.  I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story.

Beached as...

Beached as…

Sea otter. These might be the coolest animals we saw in Alaska.

Sea otter. These might be the cutest animals we saw in Alaska.

Becci Rae. Almost as cute as a sea otter. Almost.

Becci Rae. Almost as cute as a sea otter. Almost.

Icebergs. Cool.

Icebergs. Cool.

The wolf iceberg. Can you see it?

The wolf iceberg. Can you see it?

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Tourists.

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Blue berg.

Dirty Berg.

Dirty Berg.

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We got real close.

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Becci doing all the work.

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Taxi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenai Peninsula

From Denail we headed towards Seward. The landscape certainly changed when we got to the Kenai Peninsula. Everything became much more lush and green. The weather however, also became more costal and rainy. It was obviously the perfect time for Oscar’s windshield wipers to stop working. This actually hasn’t been as big of a problem as I first thought. We stop if it’s raining too hard, or just stop and wipe them manually. Mark is in contact with AIRS (Aircooled Interstate Rescue Squad, like Ghostbusters for VW’s) so hopefully we’ll get the part we need and have it sorted soon. Most likely in Vancouver in a couple of weeks…if we’re lucky!

Leaving Anchorage

Leaving Anchorage.

We’ve seen the most wildlife so far on the Kenai Peninsula. Mainly Moose, but also a Grizzly lumbering up the road. It’s been tricky to get good wildlife photos.

Lady Moose

Lady Moose.

We hiked the Harding Icefield Trail to get a better look at the Exit Glacier and the icefield. It was a pretty busy trail, but beautiful nonetheless. It was a tough climb, which we weren’t really expecting. As a result I broke my cardinal rule of hiking, lots of snacks. Somehow I survived and more surprisingly so did Mark.

The road to Exit Glacier

The road to Exit Glacier.

Exit Glacier - From the bottom of the trail

Exit Glacier – From the bottom of the trail.

Mark getting fancy on the camera

Mark getting fancy on the camera.

A close up. The blue colour was amazing.

More of a close up. The blue colour was amazing.

Mountain Garden

Mountain Garden.

The view as we headed up the trail

The view as we headed up the trail.

Harding Icefield

Harding Icefield.

After picking up some tips from a guy on couchsurfing and a drunk hitchhiker, we found a private beach campsite in Seward. There we met a nice Alaskan couple and their dogs. They gave us some great travel tips and then asked if we had a gun as there are lots of bears around. When we replied that we have bear spray, the fellow chuckled and said that he’d heard that bears like a little pepper seasoning on their food. They then proceeded to tell us a story about a bear trying to get into their camper. It’s fair to say that I was not stoked about popping our canvas top that night.

Beach Camp

Beach Camp

Still alive and well. "Get out of here bears"

Still alive and well, although a little chilly. “Get out of here bears”

It would have been nice to spend some more time in this area. It is regarded by many as the most beautiful in Alaska.