(Ron Writing) We had rain during the night and most of the morning. This afternoon we drove south from Kenai to Soldotna and then south on the Kalifornsky Beach Road, which runs right along Cook Inlet until it joins the Sterling HW just north of Kasilof, AK. At Kasilof we took a side trip on the 15-mile Cohoe Loop Road which also runs along Cook Inlet sort of paralleling Sterling HW. We had some rain during our drive. We expected a little better scenery but even though we were very close to the shore of Cook Inlet, we were generally unable to see the water because the view was obstructed by houses and trees along the way.
We stopped at Ninilchik to see the old historic Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord Russian Orthodox Church and graveyard, which is located on a high bluff overlooking Old Town Ninilchik and Cook Inlet. We continued south to Deep Creek where there is a campground on the beach and a service that launches and retrieves boats using large tractors. There wasn’t much going on when we were there today.
A little farther south we found a nice level scenic turnout about 8 miles south of Anchor Point, AK where we are spending the night. We are on a bluff about 275 feet above Cook Inlet. If the sky clears a little we’ll be able to see four volcanoes on the west side of the inlet including Mt. Redoubt which erupted a few years ago and is still venting steam. At Anchor Point we’ll be at the furthest west point of the highway system in North America.
Weather: Overnight low was 51°. Cloudy with rain this morning, highs in the mid 50’s
Critters: A bald eagle soring low over us at Ninilchik.
Mileage: Today - 65 miles, cumulative since leaving AZ on 4-6-11 – 7,553 miles.
Gasoline Price: $4.199/gal in Kasilof, AK
Tonight’s stop: We are spending the night at a scenic turnout about 8 miles south of Anchor Point, AK, milepost 148 on Sterling HW, 59.88958, -151.78204