Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Jim caught this one in December, 2008...Wow, nice fish!


As many of you know, our son Jim suffered with a cancerous brain tumor just last summer. It was successfully removed. But later it was discovered that he also had a spot of cancer in his lung. After a very long, life-threatening ordeal, that cancer was successfully removed and treated earlier this year. Jim spent many weeks struggling to regain his strength, flexibility and mental attitude. He gained over 50 lbs and lost all of his hair during his first chemo. After his lung surgery, the battle to keep food down and maintain muscle strength began. I am so happy to report that today, Jim is doing fantastic! He is back to his normal weight, his hair has re-grown (as evidenced by his face!) and his flexibility and strength are terrific! Praise God....

Jim lives in Anchorage but has been a guide on the Kenai River, out of Soldotna, Alaska, for many years. Our grandson Ryan attends college in Oregon in the fall, but hustles to Alaska every summer to work with his dad. Fortunately Jim's recovery enabled him to return to guiding in time for the 2009 season and he was able to fulfill his commitments to all of the folks that sent their deposits in for this year. As well as participate in a TV spot.

Today I am posting a link to a Youtube video shot last month June 2009, for the Alan Warren Outdoors TV Show. In it, you'll see Greg Flake catch a beautiful rainbow trout. Jim has been asked to participate in several more TV shows and of course, is thrilled. Not to brag 'too much', but our son is thought by many to be the best guide on the Kenai River. Of course we absolutely think so! On my 50th birthday he helped me land a HUGE King salmon. So much fun. We are considering giving up the Black Hills for one year to make the trip to Alaska with our 5'er, if our caravan works out. If not, I am sure we will fly up there soon. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the film footage. It's just over 4 minutes, not too long. Have a great day!

Kenai Rainbow Trout

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