The September 2013 Adventure

27 09 2013

Psalm 19:1-4 “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. 2 Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world.In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,”

If you have a choice and you are flying to AK I would recommend that you go through Seattle. It can be a long shot but if the weather is right you get to see sights like this. I would also suggest that you book a window seat on the right side (facing the front of the plane.) iI by good fortune the skies are clear the view is amazing. (Book left side coming back.)

Flying into Seattle.


Flying out of Seattle.


Once again the rivers in the Mat-Su Valley (Parks Highway) were high so I had no opportunity to fish even though I did make the effort.

Brent got off the Slope on Thursday, Sept 12 and we stayed in Anchorage until Sunday the 15th. We headed down to the KP (Kenai Peninsula) after church and got ready to fish hard for the week. (actually Brent had to head back to Anchorage on Tuesday and he had to take a physical for a new job.) He, Bregitte and the girls came back later in the week, twice actually!

This is where we camped in the Russian River campground. Notice no snow on the Mts.




This is the Russian River. There are lots of other places to fish but we love the Russian.


Bows like this are the main reason we love it!





Bows and bears.


We did fish the Bear Braids on the Kenai one day and I got my biggest bow and the biggest fish of the trip.

This was an awesome Dolly Varden!


A big change came in the weather the week-end of 21st. Cooled way down and started to rain and snow just like we love. Got down to 27 one morning – ice in the rod guides.


Notice the snow!!!


As usual had a great trip. Nothing like being with the family. Plans for next year are up in the air. The Lord really blessed us with the little RV. It has performed great and allows us both transportation and housing.


Grayling – Gulkana River 6/26-29

4 07 2013

Once again the “Nobel” grayling went a long way to saving the trip! We left Fairbanks immediately after returning from Dune lake. We drove to north of Paxson and camped by the Gulkana River. We  had previously visited this area and loved it. We were not disappointed! I doubt many people would make a trip to AK just to fish the “sailfin” of the north be really enjoy it. The proclivity of the grayling to take dries makes it a blast. Add to that the fact that they get big on the Gulkana and you’ve got some fun. We fished the area and did some sightseeing for two and a half days.

The surroundings.




Bregitte got in on the action too!


Red salmon on Russian


The Trip to Fairbanks Thursday, June 20 – Tuesday, June 25

30 06 2013

The most anticipated part of this summers trip was upon us! Gail had arrived on Monday, the 17th  Thursday and spent some time in Anchorage. Brent returned home from the Slope on Thursday and we had the RV packed. After putting  a few finishing touches on getting ready we hit the road. Our first stop was at Montana Creek normally one of our favorite streams. But, the Parks highway streams were still “blown out.” It has been a very “unusual” year weather wise in AK. Winter weather stayed around longer than normal. But when summer arrived (about the same time as I did) it came to “stay.” I have been here for just over a month and today was the first cloudy and cool day I’ve seen.  Back to Montana creek – too high to fish. I made a  bad mistake when we parked the RV by not closing the vents in the cab and if filled with mosquitoes! I felt terrible in that no one slept and the girls (really all of us) got ate up.

We passed over Troublesome Creek on our way to the Denali Highway.


Brent’s first real chance to fish came on Fish Creek on the Denali on Friday.


It is always great to see eagles!



The terrain heading into Fairbanks is different but amazing none the less.


Ever since David and I fished Dune Lake in 2010 I have looked forward to going back. (See our 2010 AK trip report) I could have waited a little longer! It was hot. All six of s made the flight over.


Rosemary was delighted.


It is a beautiful lake.




Our cabin.


Brent and I fished hard for two days. Tuesday it was 91 degrees! While we spotted some fish we cold never cold get a pattern. Most of the fish Brent caught came on a Green Drake fished on top.


Even with the heat and slow fishing we had a great time. The girls loved playing in the water and riding in the boats.

Kenai – 6/10-17

16 06 2013

The Mission is more than Fishin’.

Spent the week on the Kenai with two new friends Bill (left) and Peter (right). They are from Minnesota and are spending the summer in AK. I pulled into Cooper Landing on Monday the day before the opener on the Kenai Peninsula. Bill and Peter were camped at Cooper Creek Campground (North) and the possibly the only campsite left in Cooper Landing was right next to them. Coincidence? We agreed to ride together to the Russian River and fish. They were after Red Salmon and I was after bows. I was wondering how crowded it would be and what the river conditions would be like. It wasn’t too crowded but the river was a little high. The Reds were in. Peter was into them pretty quick. Bill not so quick and me not at all! The Bows were not cooperating. Peter decided to set Wednesday out and Bill and I got to the river about 10 a.m. Bill had his limit pretty pretty quick. Since the Bows were still not cooperating I tried my hand at Reds and after a bit of a learning curve on the Kenai swing I had my limit also. I never could connect with the Bows and the Reds got scarce. Both Bill and Peter did get a few more.

It was a great time! Spent a lot of “quality” time discussing matters of eternal significance! Hope to meet up again before we all leave AK.

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On Saturday day met up with Nate Smith his daughter and friends from Anchorage. All seven of us rafted down the Kenai from the lake to Jim’s Landing. We found no Reds (except for where fishing was prohibited) and only one bow! But he (she?) was a doozy! See below. What a great way to spend a day. Thanks Nate!





First Days Fishing

8 06 2013

2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

Hey it’s Alaska but it’s still fishin’! The weather has been absolutely beautiful! (See below.) Which is a good thing and also a “bad” thing. Temps have been in the high 70’s and even up to 80. This causes the snow to melt and the rivers to rise. (And it has just dawned on I have not taken one picture of the rivers.) I took the camper to Willow and Montana creeks (Thursday – Saturday) but to no avail.  The Parks highway streams are all blown out. And the Kenai Pennesula is closed for trout until Tuesday. So I haven’t caught a single fish! Planing on going to the Kenai after church tomorrow and waiting for Tuesday! Later in the week a friend of Brent’s, Nate,  may be taking me rafting on the Kenai River for trout and reds!

It is always worth the drive up the parks if you can see Denali (Mt. Mckinley)



I guess you can see the Susitna River and the moose.


Another Journey Begins

8 06 2013

“Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: 7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; 8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. 9 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” Psalm 8:6-9

The first week of the 2013 journey was spent helping with (loving on) Rosemary and Caroline. (Bregitte is so good to put up with Pap.) We were waiting on Brent to get home from the Slope. Saturday the 3rd we celebrated Rosemary’s 4th birthday at the Reindeer farm outside of Palmer (Her birthday was Monday – Marmee and I remember being here for the big occasion. ). It was a blast as you can see!




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Monday the 3rd we went tent camping in Talkeetna . We were checking out the river levels and they were high. Brent did get his first bow of the year at Christina Lake. It was great. We saw “him” cruising in the shallows and Brent put the “Hanks bugger (from AR)” right on him. I missed one earlier under a similar scenario. I did catch one of these Tuesday morning at the Roadhouse.