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2017 SUMMER BLOG – Our Family Starts to Arrive

Although they are not immediate family, Tom Wilson and his great grandson, Braden arrived on the 3rd of July followed by Ryan and Kameron Pyle on the 6th.  Kam and Braden went trout fishing over at Johnson Lake all the time.  For one evening meal, Kam cooked a mess of trout wrapped in foil in the Chiminea, Ryan cooked cheese-noodles and made salad for our evening meal.  Both boys were responsible for keeping wood available on the deck for our evening fires in the Chiminea.

 

 

 


Now how did that little car ever pull that 5th Wheel to Alaska?


Actually there is a large group of campers that have modified their trucks that used to pull 18 wheelers, to pull 5th wheels.  They have left room on the back of the truck to allow them to carry their little Smart Car to use as an extra vehicle.  We met two of the couples this summer and the Church’s stayed with the whole month of July.

 

As much fun as the party was, we still had work to do on the Park.

For the past few years raspberry vines and grass have been taken over part of our front driveway area. So one of our beautification projects this year was to eliminate the vines and grass and clean up the area.  It turned out to be a lot of work.  John cleaned out the big vines while I cut down all the grass and little vines with the WEED EATER FROM HELL. We use the 4-wheeler and trailer to haul all the vine and grass clippings around to the back and dump them over the bank. We had it pretty much cut down by the time Ryan and Kameron arrived the 6th of July.   Ryan helped with the clearing of all the vines and grass and helped cut some of the grass along the grader ditch.

Todd arrived on the 20th and used the 4-wheeler to pull the WEED EATER FROM HELL around to the road to clear the grass along the road ditch.  After about a couple of hours of that work he got almost to the cleaning table. Then the raspberry vines, cottonwood saplings, willow trees and rocks became too much for even the WEED EATER FROM HELL to handle.  I guess it will be a job for next spring to cut all the vines and saplings down before the grass gets high.


Dog Sitter Business


Oh, by the way, we have a new Dog Sitter Business in our Park.  It’s Kim Brook’s new profession and she gets so caught up in her job that she forgets which way she is walking!  Actually several campers this past summer ask where to find dog sitters so they could take fishing trips or tours.  Kim loves dogs and always has baked dog cookies just for them.  This summer she dog sat for several of our campers and they gave her tips, so now she is declaring a new business for the Park, Dog Sitting.  So you need to leave your dogs to take a tour or a fishing trip while you are staying in the Park, Kim is the person to see!

2017 SUMMER BLOG – It is Time to GO FISHIN’

 


It was another weird fishing season!!!!! 


The King salmon made a significant come back to the Cook Inlet and both the Kasilof and the Kenai Rivers had good runs of fish.  It was the first time the King run was good in the last five years.

The Sockeye (reds) season started out with the Alaska Fish & Game (F&G) claiming that it was going to be a huge run of red salmon in the Kenai, so rather than overwhelm the river, they let the commercial fishermen use their purse seines to catch 1.55 million red salmon out of the Cook Inlet.  There were not many fish left to catch after that.  The first time any of us from the Park caught our limit of three red salmon was the end of the last week of July.  By that time most of the out-of-town fishermen had left after complaining about the high cost of fishing licenses, gear and lodging without any fish.  The Sport Fishermen and the Fishing Guides on the Kenai were screaming at Fish & Game.  Then F&G started claiming that there were two hundred thousand Reds waiting at the mouth of the river to enter.  We don’t know where they went, but they never showed up in the river.  We did see some increase in the fish and were able to catch our limits of 3 for several day into August,  But they never raised the limit to 6 as they do normally when the achieve the number of fish in the river to replenish the supply for the future.  They also had not reached a count of a million reds in the river until after the middle of August when the Silvers and Pinks had also come in.

SAME SONG, 2017TH VERSE!

Anyway we had a good season.  We had ten fisherpersons fishing at various times from the second week in July through the third week in August.  As I wrote earlier, Ryan and Kam came on the 6th of July, Cary on the 12th, Cary’s friend Neal on the 17th, Todd on the 20th.

And Kyra on the 22nd as a surprise for Jan.

OLD FISHING HOLE

Jon

Jan

Todd

Kam

Jan & Todd

Jan & Kyra

Todd & Kyra

Kyra, Jan & Todd

PIERCE’S NEW FISHING HOLE

Jan & Kyra

Texas John & Todd

Kyra & Todd

You can always till whether Jan and Kyra were with you as then you got plenty of photos.  Otherwise the rest of us are too busy fishing to take pictures.  Unfortunately we didn’t get any photos of Ryan, Cary or Neal fishing (although they all caught fish).

Anyway, altogether we caught 123 reds, three silvers and a bunch of pinks (although it was not a Pink year).  Texas John also caught 4 Kings and released a bunch, a bunch of reds and silvers.  We wound up with a lot of frozen fillets, a lot of canned salmon and a lot of smoked salmon jerky.

Cody arrived on the17th of August.  We got to go fishing and we still caught a few reds.


IT WAS ANOTHER GOOD YEAR FISHING!


We celebrated the end of the fishing season with all the kids at St. Elias Brewery and Pizza Parlor in Soldotna prior to their leaving at the end of July.