Last Wednesday, we packed up our Airstream and a 28 foot RV rental and headed down to the Kenai with my parents and Uncle in hopes of finding some sun and some fish. I had this trip planned out months ago: we would spend two nights at the Russian River, two nights in Kasilof and one night at Williwaw campground.
I have always avoided the Russian River Campground because of the crazy stories you hear about the bears. They haze people fishing in hopes of a free meal and are often seen roaming the campground. That’s a little too close for comfort for me but we decided to take the plunge, along with lots of bear spray, and give the campground a try. The last time I was there, 16 years ago, it was gravel roads and pretty primitive camping. We were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the campground was and all the improvements they have made: asphalt campsites, nice restroom facilities, bear-proof food containers at every site, and a beautiful boardwalk down by the river that had numerous access points along the river. We were also blessed with 2 days of sun and hot, yes I said hot, weather.
Unfortunately, the fishing wasn’t so great on the Russian River by our campground so we dropped Dad and Uncle Art off at the Russian River Ferry to try their luck there.
While they were fishing at the confluence of the Russian and Kenai Rivers, Mom, Steve, Pongo and I went to explore Skilak Lake Road. It was so hot (trust me, I’m not complaining!) that we decided to stop and let Pongo cool off in a lake by the road.
We still had a couple hours to kill before we needed to pick up the fishermen, so we hiked up Bear Mountain, a 1.6 mile hike roundtrip. It was a beautiful hike with spectacular views!
Here’s Pongo completely pooped after his swimming and hiking adventures; he isn’t too pleased Mama is taking his picture.
Dad and Uncle Art had absolutely no luck snagging salmon at the Russian River Ferry; they didn’t give up though and tried again the next morning, before we headed down to Kasilof. After 3 hours of fishing the Kenai River off of Skilak Lake Road, they came back with 3 beautiful Red Salmon (unfortunately, I don’t have a picture).
We traveled the hour down to Kasilof, after Dad and Uncle Art’s successful fishing excursion, where we spent two nights at Kasilof RV Park. It was our home base for Halibut fishing and touring around Homer. The rain decided to return, after two and a half days of gorgeousness, and it never stopped. Dad and Uncle Art went on a full-day Halibut charter and shipped back to Nebraska 40 pounds of Halibut they caught.
And while they were out fishing, Mom, Steve, Pongo and I traipsed around Homer.
We ate brunch at one of Steve’s favorite eateries in Homer, the Duncan House Diner. They really know how to do breakfast!
Our last stop of the five day trip was at Williwaw Campground, just outside of Portage. We walked the trails during the brief break in the rain and played a lot of dominoes when it was really coming down.
Overall, come rain or come shine, we had a fabulous family trip!