Friday, May 28, 2010

Camping in Kenai

This past weekend, we headed down south about 2 hours with some good friends for a weekend of camping. We went to the Upper Skilak Lake campground. We planned on camping and then doing a hike the following morning on the Skilak Lake Lookout Trail. We got to the campground around 3pm and picked a nice site within about 10 steps of the lake and the rocky shore. It was a beautiful, sunny day.
After we unpacked the car and set up camp, we began making the supper. We had teriyaki stir fry with veggies and chicken. It was tasty. For dessert, the boys had hot dogs. Then we all went down to the beach to play horseshoes. It was pretty rocky as you can see, so we cleared some rocks away so we could have a little landing spot for each little pole needed for our game.
After a few hours of our game, it was time for relaxing around the fire. Some little sparks burned a tiny hole in the knee of Steven's pants. By then, it was time for bed, although it was still very bright and sunny outside. We locked all of our food in these brown metal bear proof containers at the campsite, so we wouldn't have to carry it back to the car. Nice! Here is a picture of Melissa and I in the morning. We were warming up by the fire. Although my eyes are closed!
The boys however, did not want to warm up by the fire. Instead, they wanted to wake themselves up by running in to the frigid lake.Here is Steven. He was just a little cold, but insisted that 30 seconds after exiting the lake, it was much better and he was not cold at all!

After the swimming adventure, we did a little fishing. More like learning how to reel my line in and let it out. It was nice to practice, although we didn't catch anything. This picture is of Steven untangling my line for the 5th time. Ha.Once we were done fishing and packing up our campsite, there was no time to do the hike. :( Instead we spent a few minutes going down to the Russian River campground and fishing spots. Melissa and Dan fished here a lot last summer, so they were able to show us where to go and what to do while there. Apparently, there are tons of bear encounters at this river. Cleaning of fish had to be limited to certain areas, so as not to attract hungry bears. Mel said that last year she saw 2 bears cubs that would fish at the river. She saw them almost every weekend that she came fishing here.

This weekend, we will be in Vancouver, BC, Canada and on Sunday our 7-day cruise departs for Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway and Glacier Bay National Park. Stay tuned for pictures next week!!!


1 comment:

  1. You are very busy!!!
    I enjoy reading about all you are doing. Keep writing and have FUN on your cruise.
    love, Mom