July 15, 2009
We retraced our route back up the Sterling Highway toward Kenai and Soldotna. The sun was out and it was fairly clear so we were lucky to be able to see the volcanoes across the Cook Inlet. Mt. Redoubt is the volcano that erupted earlier this spring and as you can see it is still smoldering. It is 54 miles from where we took these pictures.
Mt. Iliamna is an inactive volcano south of Mt. Redoubt and is 52 miles from where we were standing.
We are staying at the Stedi RV Park, a small fishing campground across the road from Cook Inlet.
We went to a couple of fishwalks in Soldotna and watched people fishing for salmon – one person about every 8 feet. The banks of the Kenai around Soldotna are steep so the city put in some fishwalks - boardwalks along the river with stairways going down to them. They also have stairs from the boardwalks down into the river. We saw a couple of folks catch some pretty good sized salmon. The record King salmon caught in the Kenai River was 97.25 lbs. and is mounted in the visitors center – that is one big fish.