As the trailer was still under a structural Warranty, they contacted the manufacturer, Primetime at Forest River, who said they could fix it mid-February and it could take up to eight weeks to complete. The other openings were in July and October 2020! Though February put a little crimp in our plans with regard to camp hosting at Cherry Creek State Park Campground, we accepted the offer because we needed to start our trek north back to Alaska in mid-April. We wanted our trailer to be ‘like new’ so we wouldn’t worry about it falling apart on the road – something one of the Forest River folks told us could never happen.
As we neared the end of our summer at Cooper Creek, we knew we needed a winter ‘job’ somewhere in Colorado. Why not Florida or Texas? Colorado is our ‘home.’ My husband and I met in Boulder, built a log home in the foothills west of Boulder in Fourmile Canyon, and had each of our four children in Boulder. Though we moved from Colorado to podunk, our hearts never left the place we called ‘home.’ Now that our four children are adults: our oldest daughter is married and lives in Alaska, our youngest son lives in California, our oldest son is married and lives in Parker, Colorado and our youngest daughter lives in Fort Collins. We spent the summers in Alaska and so we figured why not spend the winter in Colorado with two of our other children?
By the time we traveled through British Columbia, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado to our home in Nebraska, the crack had lengthened to nearly 12 inches and we began noticing cracks to start on the four corners of each of the slides. We made an appointment for it to be checked and dropped it off for a two-week inspection. The dealer found that the cracking was not only on the outside, but also the inside. The axles and leaves of the axles were flattened not allowing for the correct suspension and so with every bump on the highway – and Alberta, Wyoming and Colorado are worse than the Alcan – the entire trailer was being jolted.
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.