We left off from Soldatna on the 24th like planned… but a bit later than anticipated.
There is this thing about fishing… it’s a leisure activity that requires a TON of work. The day is not done when the fisherman gets his fish. There is processing the fish in addition to getting all the equipment cleaned up and reset. Wet things must be dried and sometimes bleached.. lines untangled or replaced..
there are vacuum sealers…. it’s all very involved.
Leaving late was a great excuse to head back to the Russian River campground for just one more day of fishing. They had an an open spot and we enjoyed the little one night stop there to get set for the next leg of the journey.
I’m not sure if we have talked much about that campground. It’s really designed around fishing and for fishing. Down at the river they have built a massive infastructure of paths, boardwalks, stairs and cleaning tables in order to ensure the longevity of the banks of the river for habitat for fish. The efforts were critical as thousands decend upon this small area at the confluence of the Russian and Kenai rivers to fish for salmon from it’s waters. The reasons that waders are key is that those banks and shorelines are an intregal part of habitat and would be destroyed if we all stood on the shoreline in the grasses and tree roots.
This all means that there is an amazing walk through a forested river valley that is lush and vibrant with wild flowers, berries, ferns and undergrowth. It’s worth it to see even if you are not into the fishing.
The next day we started out again to finish the short distance over to Seward and started the hunt for front row ocean view camping.
“And now for something completely different….”