This is our second year campground hosting at Cooper Creek campground on the Kenai River. I have been calling us ‘sophomores’ or ‘wise fools’. Freshman year we learned the ropes of running our ‘own’ campground, sophomore year we are learning there are always new things to learn and experience with regard to campers and…
This is where the first-run of Red, Coho and Sockey Salmon begins on and around June 11. For those ‘in the know,’ this time of fishing is anything but ‘relaxing’ and the fish are plentiful. Generally there’s a three-fish limit per 24-hour period, but last year that was raised to six. The second run of fish comes in mid-July and goes further up the Kenai. There is always catch and release trout fishing and Dolly Varden (a type of trout). The season actually begins further down river with King Salmon. There is also the world-famous Halibut fishing 3 hours south of Cooper Landing at Homer.
All night it was as if the Lord spoke to me saying, “Trust me!” I do trust Him; I just don’t trust ME ‘hearing’ Him clearly! We woke to clear skies and great hopes for a safe passage. 511alaska.com said the pass was good and clear and so we headed out of Valdez. The L-shaped poles on either side of the road mark the edges for snow plows – yes, the snow gets that high. Near the top of the pass, we saw hundreds and hundreds of ptarmigan.
To put it simply, the ‘fireplace’ puts out warmth, but with a nighttime low of 20, we were going to freeze without the furnace coming on and we only set it to 50 degrees! It is necessary to keep the water and other pipes of the trailer from freezing. Our bed is cozy, but as my brother says, “We are heating a tin can!” My husband did some serious trouble-shooting – the manuals only tell you how to install the furnace, not troubleshoot. Eventually, he saw this green button called the ‘wizard mode’ and he reset it. YAY! We had a furnace, but the electrical smell continued to permeate everything throughout the night. Wizard mode … what the heck is that?!