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Historic Log Home in Old Kenai

Russian Orthodox Church in Historic Kenai

Fishwalk in Soldotna

Fishermen (and women) along the Fishwalk in Soldotna

Cleaning Salmon along the Fishwalk

Description of the Fishwalk

Fishing across the Kenai River

Kenai Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center

We were sad to leave Homer since it is such a beautiful spot and we knew we could spend at least another week here. But it is still a long ways back to California and there are more spots we need to visit before reaching California, so on we headed towards Kenai.

We were told that Fred Meyer in Soldotna allows RVers to stay overnight in their lot for free, and they even have water and a dump station. We dropped the RV off at Fred Meyer, joining a half dozen other RVs, and took off to explore the area with the Liberty.

Our first stop was the Kenai Visitors Center. We picked up a map for the historic old town area and took the walking tour seeing one of the Oldest Russian Orthodox churches along the way. The towns of Soldotna and Kenai are situated along the Kenai River with fishing being the main industry for the area. We stopped at the Soldotna Visitors Center and discovered right outside the back door were steps leading to one of the popular Fishwalks. Several Fishwalks have been constructed in the Soldotna area to make the Kenai River more accessible to the public. We found several people fishing on the Fishwalk and across the Kenai River. One guy was cleaning and fileting some salmon. He gave a salmon filet to a couple of guys who were hanging around. It was odd to see, though, as they were walking around carrying the fish in their bare hands - no wrapper, bag, foil. We left wondering how long those guys would be walking around carrying that salmon with their bare hands.

From there we headed to the Kenai Wilderness Wildlife Refuge Center. They were showing the same film we had seen at the Arctic Interagency Wildlife Refuge on our way to Prudhoe Bay. The young man behind the desk told us the Skilak Lake Loop Road, which starts about 15 miles north of Seldotna, would be a scenic drive for seeing wildlife. We took the 19 mile loop drive but struck out for wildlife. The rains had started again, somewhat heavily, so we headed back to Fred Meyer to do a bit of shopping before returning to the RV.

All in all, we felt we had pretty much explored Soldotna and Kenai, and were ready to move on.

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