This is part 2 of the great Alaskan Adventure. If you haven’t had a chance to look at part 1, you can find it under the hunting section.
6/12/10 – 6XLeech was nice enough to give Samantha and I a ride to Wasilla to pick up the 28’ camper that would be our home for the next 10 days. We got all of our gear moved in and it was back to the storage unit to trade out hunting gear for fishing gear and spend some time reorganizing. With that under our belts it was off to Sportsman’s to get some fishing tackle, we were going to be doing a lot of different kind of fishing and need several different things. Several members of the forum were going to be taking us fishing and I didn’t want to be a mooch, not having anything and having to borrow everything needed. Again, Sportsman’s got way too much of my money but I figured that we are moving here as soon as the wife finishes school so I would need everything eventually. We then headed back to Elmendorf AFB to secure a campground for the evening, get some laundry done and grocery shopping out of the way. Today is Samantha’s birthday so I took her to the Cattle Company Steak House for dinner, which was great by the way. We had made arrangement to meet Mark at our campground on base. Mark is a member of the forum who offered to take us out to Ship Creek and show us the ropes for dealing with the crowds and proper techniques.
6/13/10 – Mark was right on time first thing in the morning, and we rode with him down to the creek. There were plenty of people already there, but we found a spot in short order and had lines in the water. Everyone hears about the Alaskan tides and I knew of them but this was the first time that I was actually able to see it firsthand. Mark spent plenty of time helping Sam out. Fishing wasn’t that great and we had no luck and only saw one king caught that morning. Mark had family coming in and we needed to get on the road to head to the Kenai so we packed up and got back to the campground about 1:30pm. Things we pretty well organized so we got on the road about 3:30 headed to the Kenai Riverside Campground. It took about 2 ½ hours to get there. Was a decent place with full hookups and close to the Russian River Ferry. After finding our campground and getting settled, I decided it would be worth the time to look around and locate the ferry and see how things work. The area as most already know is very beautiful and interesting. I got the call from Slimm that him and a couple of buddies who make the annual trip to the Russian were on the way and we would meet him at the ferry at 6 am the following morning.