Left Soldotna to move south down the Kenai Peninsula. There are still some things we want to see in Soldotna so when we come back this way in about a week we will take care of that.
Today is a rainy day. It is supposed to rain on the Kenai Peninsula all day today, Tuesday and Wednesday. This is pretty normal weather for this area. In fact, we’ve been told all those sunny days we were enjoying last week raised the fire hazard so these rains will take care of that. Fire is a constant threat throughout Alaska and they have suffered many devastating fires in the past. Despite the rain, Sterling Highway is a very good road and is lovely with lots of wildflowers blooming along the side of the road.
Cohoe Loop Road–
Off the Sterling Highway is the Cohoe Loop Road. The N. Cohoe Loop Road ends at a short dirt road leading down to the Cook Inlet beach. This area is a very popular Alaskan fishing area. There were quite a few campers/fishermen camping in the area. One fisherman told us he had already caught two large salmon. The day is overcast with frequent rains but apparently the fish don’t mind. The N. Cohoe Loop Road connects with the S. Cohoe Loop making a continuous good paved road that returns you back to the Sterling Highway. There are numerous private homes and a few small business along this road that runs along the ocean for more than half the loop. Some of the homes are beautiful and expensive looking and others look like they had seen better days. Having a rundown property next to a beautifully kept property seems to be a frequent occurrence in this the “land of few rules”, Alaska.
We visited the former Russian village of Ninilchek. The historic old town still has some of the old buildings from when Russia “owned” Alaska. When we visited the historic Russian Orthodox Church we also walked around the Russian Orthodox Graveyard for awhile. This is an interesting place to visit and is truly a land that thrives on a rich fishing tradition. We spent a good part of the day here.
We will be boondocking along the Sterling Highway tonight and head for Homer, Alaska tomorrow. Even though it is overcast/raining, we still have solar due to the extended daylight hours.