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The two RV Gypsies in Soldotna, Alaska
June 23, 2009

Soldotna is on the western Kenai Peninsula. The city stretches over a mile southwest along the Sterling Highway and northwest along the Kenai Spur Highway. Population: about 3,807. Elevation 115 feet. Soldotna was established in the 1940's because of its strategic location at the Sterling-Kenai Spur Highway junction. Soldotna was incorporated as a first-class city in 1967.

sign - Soldotna city limits
The new yard of the two RV Gypsies. Once again, there was moose poop behind their RV, but they did not spot a moose in the campground.
Klondike RV Park & Cabins
the RV and  toad of the two RV Gypsies
the two RV Gypsies in their RV

A Scott Hanson carving of
Les Anderson, record-holder for largest sport-caught king salmon.

 
large king salmon carving
Karen Duquette and a bear statue
The Soldotna Visitor Information Center is located downtown Soldotna on the Sterling Highway. The two RV Gypsies parked at the visitor center and walked down this staircase to the Kenai River and the David Douthit Veterans Memorial Bridge and fishwalk access to Kenai River.
stairs down to the Kenai River
Lee at the Classic Fishwalk & the Kenai River
Soldotna gets very busy during fishing season for rainbow, grayling, salmon and Dolly Varden.
sign - about the world famous Kenai River
the world famous Kenai River
FYI: you cannot fish within 10 feet
of the waterline
a funny painting on the front of a local bar.
sign - you cannot fish within 10 feet of the waterline
a funny painting on the front of a local bar.
The neighboring city to Soldotna is Kenai with a population of about 6,864 - the largest city on the Kenai Peninsula. Elevation 93 feet. The lowest recorded temperature in Kenai was MINUS 48F. The temperature while the two RV Gypsies visited was about PLUS 50F.
sign - welcome to Kenai
beautiful scenery
A MOOSE
The two RV Gypsies first saw the moose in the woods and it stopped to eat, then crossed the street in front of the two RV Gypsies' car, and then it entered the woods on the other side of the street.
a moose in the woods
a moose in the woods
the moose stops to eat
the moose stops to eat
moose runs across the road
moose running into the woods
Lee Duquette at an overlook to the rocky beach many feet below (low tide)
the moose stops to eat
low tide
beach at low tide
a very rocky beach at low tide
rocky beach
rocky beach
beautiful water scene
Karen Duquette
Karen Duquette
The photo above and the photo below were taken about seconds apart - check out how fast the tide was coming in.
The two RV Gypsies stopped at a different swimming area with ice cold water and lots of steps.
steps leading down to a swimming area
beautiful swimming area
beautiful swimming area
beautiful swimming area
beautiful swimming area

All of these rocks are in the bottom of the lake
-look how crystal clear the water is

rocks under crystal clear water
rocks under crystal clear water
Lee at the midpoint and then again at the bottom of a second set of very steep stairs leading to a popular fishing area.
Lee Duquette on very steep stairs
Lee Duquette on very steep stairs
Karen at the bottom of the steep stairs. The table is there so people can clean their fish.
Karen Duquette at the bottom of the stairs
the fish cleaning table
The river, and people fishing on the other side of the river.
beautiful Kenai River
beautiful Kenai River
Lee Duquette admiring the beautiful Kenai River
people fishing
people fishing
The two RV Gypsies show off their new Alaska T-shirts
Lee Duquette in his new Alaska t-shirt
Karen Duquette in her new Alaska t-shirt
A bald eagle in a tree top
bald eagle in a tree top
bald eagle in a tree top
It was low tide and the tops of the boats could barely be seen.
low tide
low tide
low tide
low tide
The two RV Gypsies drove to Homer, Alaska, where Bald Eagles were flying all around their motorhome in the campground.
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