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Mountains of the Chugach National Forest, Kenai Peninsula

Chugach National Forest, Kenai PeninsulaView All Sizes

Chugach Mountains from Seward Highway near Portage and Turnagain Arm.

Chugach Mountains near PortageView All Sizes

JOURNAL : August 29, 2010

Exploring Kenai Peninsula

Kenai Peninsula > Alaska > United States

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In Whittier, after departing the ferry from Valdez we were immersed in one of the highlights of our trip to Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula. As with most journeys through Alaska the traveller is surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains and lush evergreen forests. The air is crisp and clear and the fresh water is usually clean and clear.

Portage Lake and Mountains just outside of the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel.

Portage Lake & MountainsView All Sizes

While the first week through the Inside Passage had been overcast and intermittently drizzly, the weather began to clear up when we arrived in Valdez. While on Kenai the majority of days were relatively warm and sunny. A noticeable effect on the locals could be seen during those days.

This No Target Shooting Sign was just aksing for it...

Just asking for it...

Why Kenai Peninsula?

Well, we were there mostly for the fishing. In Valdez the salmon were jumping out of the water and people were pulling them from Port Valdez in droves. At the time we were only halfway through our trip so we were saving our fishing towards the latter end so we wouldn't have to deal with a bunch of frozen fish while cruising around.

Kenai River Rafting near Cooper Landing

Kenai River RaftingView All Sizes

While in Soldotna we fished on the Kenai River, catching five silver salmon and a couple of pinks that were returned to the water.

Catch of the Day - 2 Halibut Each

Catch of the Day

The next day we visited Homer and caught halibut out in Kachemak Bay. With this haul we drove back to Anchorage through beautiful Kenai Peninsula one more time, briefly contemplating a river rafting trip down the Kenai River.

An Adventurer's Paradise

Besides the fishing there's lots to do while on the Kenai Peninsula. Hiking and camping are two highly recommended activities. Chartering a floatplane for a scenic tour of the Chugach National Forest would be another at the top of an adventurer's list. Kenai is also home to numerous glaciers. Trekking around on glaciers or exploring ice caves is alot of fun, or skiiing the numerous ice-capped mountains and ice fields.

A Wandering Moose Lodge near Soldotna

A Wandering Moose LodgeView All Sizes

Portage Glacier and Lake

Portage Glacier and LakeView All Sizes

Kenai Peninsula Map

Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel near Whittier

Anton Anderson Memorial TunnelView All Sizes

Shops out on Homer Spit

Shops out on Homer SpitView All Sizes

Our Whale-Watching Crew

Whale Watching

Findlay Path, Gazebo and Peak Tower

Findlay Path

Kayaking on Castle Lake

Kayaking Castle Lake

A Huge Hole in the Lava, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

Huge Lava Hole

My dad, sister, Alyssa and Grandma Pat driving to the wedding ceremony.

Wedding Procession

Sheer Cliffs and Waterfalls of Mt. Waialeale, Kauai

Waialeale Pali

Green mountains and glacier near Valdez, Alaska

Mountains near Valdez

Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy

Pitti Palace

Matanuska Glacier, source of the Matanuska River.

Matanuska Glacier

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Hot Air balloon

Underside of the Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Campanile of the Florence Cathedral, Florence, Italy

Campanile, Florence

Jiuzhaigou Valley Shuzheng Village Shops

Jiuzhaigou Valley

Pacific Park Ferris Wheel & Roller Coaster

Pacific Park

Fire performer using fireballs on chains (poi)  at SpinJam, Honolulu, Hawaii

Girl with Fire Poi