Among the trips I designed to Alaska included a truly fantastic trip right down to the Kenai Peninsula and to Homer (lands end). I flew in to Anchorage, and we drove south on the Seward Highway out past Girdwood and Mt. Alyeska and down to the end of the Turnagain Arm. The peninsula extends out about 150 miles. Nearly as soon once we considered go towards Homer, there is a moose cow and her baby right plus the road! It was spectacular! Here' involved 25 feet from an enormous moose! She just gracefully raised her head regarding say hello and welcome and then continued grazing on the grass.
I had heard about the Kenai River. It's where everyone goes to salmon fish in Alaska. But when I saw it for the first time, I needed to stop the car and merely get out and look in amazement. I had never witnessed a river so clear and the color of a gray, turquoise blue. It had been absolutely breathtaking. Seeing this river run through the meadows surrounded by the jagged, snow capped mountains that breathtaking. You can look down into the clear water and find out the salmon swimming upstream. It appeared that you could just reach out and grab one of them! Instead, each side of the river was lined with women and men in rubber wading pants, fishing poles at hand, all hoping to "catch the big one"! When one of these actually got a bite and had a fish on line, they would yell out "Fish On!" Everyone would preserves in their fishing line watching because this person would run up and down the side from the river because the fish attempted to escape. Once the fish was taken in to the shore, everyone immediately threw out their lines once again and hoped the next would be theirs! It was hilarious! These folks were arranged every Three or four feet apart!
There are just certain places along the river that it's such as this. There are other places that remain serene and peaceful, but are not as quickly accessible. Those are the ones I really like. Driving further on the Kenai, I undergone the little towns of Soldotna and Seldovia then on to Kenai and finally to Homer. When I reached Homer, I drove onto the"Spit". Picturesque does not do it justice. It is "where the road ends". The Spit overlooks Kachemak Bay and The Gulf of Alaska.
If only I possibly could remember the name of the restaurant that people ate at this first night. We sat down and every ordered an Alaska King Crab dinner. That which was served in the kitchen was truly a feast! Platters of enormous Alaska King Crab legs filled each plate with extra drawn butter for dipping. Undoubtedly, it was the most tender and sweet crab That i have ever eaten. I have never had anything better! To even try to explain how delicious it was is tough. The meat within the legs what food was in least 1 inch thick and the legs were at least 16-18" long. It had been so delicious that people ordered another platter for dessert!
The actual exciting experience for me in Homer was going out on the fishing charter for halibut. Once we left the harbor on this small fishing boat which was about 35 feet long, I had been awestruck using the beauty that surrounded me every way I looked. This is where I saw my first Puffin. These fat little water birds with their bright orange hooked beaks were everywhere! There were seals and sea otters swimming everywhere in the water and bald eagles soaring above us. Kachemak Bay is surrounded by gorgeous mountains and glaciers.
Our captain took the boat and cruised over the waters for almost 3 ½-4 hours before he stopped in the middle of the Gulf of Alaska. After we finally stopped, the captain and his helper got each one of us set up having a belt that had a pole holder for our fishing pole. I had no idea what I was at for next. I was certainly one of six fishermen on the boat. I had been the first ones to get a bite. Then your fun began! I had to keep that pole wonderful my strength and begin reeling and pulling, then bending and reeling and pulling again and again and again. Forty-five minutes later, the boat's mate fished my halibut out of the icy cold waters from the Gulf of Alaska. I actually caught the very first fish during the day and just what ended up being the biggest fish during the day - about 45 pounds! I was each allowed to bring in two halibut. After everyone caught their limit, we were only available in to Homer.
Unfortunately, what happened next wasn't so fun. We got word there was a tsunami warning and that we were suddenly in rough seas of 15 feet or so. The boat was going up and down and that i proceeded to not feel very well. It was ugly! My hands seemed to be frozen from fishing within the cold waters. I possibly could not warm up. I had been holding onto the outside trash can until she orgasms. All this time as i am thinking I will die, very calming around the back of the deck may be the boat crewman filleting each and every halibut which was caught and throwing the remains within the back from the boat. We'd flocks of seagulls following us for that chance to get some of this delicious fresh fish! Needless to say, I survived. Once I got on shore, I was fine. But what a fishing story! We froze the halibut after i returned to Patti and Joe's and shipped it home inside a Styrofoam cooler. Mom and Dad and I entertained the whole family one evening with that halibut. We grilled it around the barbecue coupled with a great time. The halibut was tender and delicious - but I have to admit - less good as the king crab was!