Seward, Alaska is on the famous Kenai Peninsula, a destination for all sorts of outdoor activities like salt water fishing for halibut, river fishing for different types of salmon, sea kayaking, and rafting. Itâ€™s impossible to do it all, so we decided to take our chances going after King Salmon on the Kenai River. Based near Soldotna, our host for the day was Chugach Backcountry Fishing, owned by Cory Hetrick.
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There really is nothing like a day on the water. Boating, fishing, swimming, itâ€™s all good to me. So when we got the chance to spend a day kayaking first on a lake, then on a river, and throw in some fly fishing for trout, I was more than excited. Our host for the day was Denali Southside River Guides, owned by Craig & Shelis Jorgensen. We would spend the day on Byers Lake, located inside the Denali State Forest, about an hourâ€™s drive north on the Parks Highway from where we were staying in Talkeetna, Alaska. From there weâ€™d head down the river flowing through the lake.
The sun is shining, the grass is green, and the birds are singing. It must mean summer festival season in Colorado, and the first one that comes to mind is the Mile High Music Festival. Itâ€™s the second year of the festival, and it appears that everyone involved is doing everything needed to be done to make this yearâ€™s festival even better than last yearâ€™s great couple of days. The festival, just like last year, is being held at Dickâ€™s Sporting Good Park (click here for directions), which is located in Commerce City, Colorado, and is home to the Colorado Rapids professional soccer team. The 18 practice fields surrounding the stadium turn into the festival area, which make it spacious enough for the 5 stages, vendors, and services. The doors to the festival open at 11 a.m., with the parking lots opening their gates at 9 a.m, and tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
â€œCanâ€™t beat a day on the water,â€ said Nels. Iâ€™m not sure which one of us was the first to say it, but it has become a common occurrence due to our many water based adventures lately. Recently, during our visit to Talkeetna, we had two such opportunities. The first was jet boating the Susitna River with Mahayâ€™s Riverboat Service.
We saw a lot of buffalo while driving towards Montana through Canada. This fella was using a road sign to scratch an itch.
The long road has almost come to an end. Weâ€™re sitting here, at Steve momâ€™s place in Dillon, Sunday afternoon, with only an hour and forty-five minutes from home and the completion of the on the road portion of The World By Road Expedition. Weâ€™ll be making our way to Denver mid-day, Monday. Just the thought of the end of the road is a beyond eerie feeling, so I havenâ€™t a clue whatâ€™s going on in Shoppmanâ€™s mind, for this has been his life for the last 29 months. Itâ€™s been an incredible ride, and has been an amazing experience. Blogs on the finale will be up soon, put first on to the week in review.
From finding a job to getting good seats to the game, many things in life come down to who you know. As most of our followers on the web remember, during our hiatus in Denver we put on a fundraiser for gas money to get ourselves to Alaska and beyond. In order to complete the last major milestone of the expedition, we needed to rely on the support of friends, family, strangers, and generous companies both local and beyond. One of Stevenâ€™s friends, Clint, works for the sunglasses and gear oriented company, Oakley.
The sense of community we all felt when we arrived at the Old Minto camp for an Athabasca Indian potlatch was incredible and inspiring. We were all very fortunate to interact with them and learned a great deal on our tour of the camp.
It began with a 30-mile boat trip up the Tanana River from Nenana, Alaska to the site that was originally settled in 1912. They have since moved their camp to a new location based on the flooding that continually caused them to flee, but still return to their old location for celebrations. It was here they were having a celebratory potlatch, as they come to the Old Minto a few times throughout the summer.
While visiting Valdez, our final destination in Alaska, we had the pleasure of sea kayaking near glacial icebergs with our host, Pangaea Adventures. The scenery and colors were out of this world.
A small town called Nenana lies south of Fairbanks with a large Native population. Up the river from there Craig scheduled for us to meet with Robert Charlie, the director from the Cultural Heritage and Education Institute. While Robert Charlie turned out to be a bit of a swindler and general let down as he rushed us through our meeting at the village to make $100 for a boat ride, our arrival at Old Minto was a memorable one.