Flat Ole Hippies Go to the Kenai Peninsula

We went on another road trip with our friends to Sterling and Soldotna with our friends. DSC_0708

We went to visit their son Jared in Sterling.  Boy does he look like a real mountain man living in the woods with his wife.  They even live in a log cabin.

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We got to go to the Kenai River too.  There were people fishing but we didn’t see any fish.

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Then we met Brodie who is one of their granddaughters.  She was visiting from Washington with her mom, Tiffany.

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Brodie even shared her cotton candy with us.

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It was a lot of fun visiting Soldotna and Sterling.  Can’t wait to see where we go next.

Weekend in Soldotna

Well before I can tell you about our weekend in Soldotna I have to show you a couple new photos I got of our twins.

We left Friday morning to head to Sterling where we were leaving Dusty for the weekend. We were down there for little Charlie’s 11th birthday.

David and I went to Soldotna to stay with our friend, Stella.  We all went out to a new Thai Restaurant in the Soldotna Mall. Then we went to the store to get some snacks.  Oh but we need popcorn, so off to the Orca Movie Theater for popcorn.  This is what Stella and I do when we get together.  Then we went home to watch a movie, Wild Horses, which was a good choice.

Before we went to the birthday party at Soldotna park we went to Jared’s, my son, to see what he had been doing to the property.  We also met his in-laws who had come up to visit for a couple of weeks.  It was their first trip to Alaska.

 

We then went over to Neese and Randy’s house to visit.  They just live around the corner from Jared.  I had to take Neese her magnets that I had been getting for her while we were on our travels.  I bet she would give the Genius Book of Records a run for their money on who has the most magnets.  She loved the new ones I got her though.

Then it was off to Charlie’s birthday party at Soldotna Park. There was a carnival at one end of the park, so we found the grand kids down there.  I got some good photos of all the grandkids on rides.  Poor Charlie rode the zipper with his Dad and got sick.  He could not even stand to go near the carnival.  Tayvin made it through the zipper but when he got on the swings with his sister it was just too much for him.  He got off the swing and that did him in.

 

Then we all went for a walk along the boardwalk on the Kenai River.

 

After we all said good-bye David and I headed back to Stella’s.  Stella cooked us a nice supper with BBQ steaks, potatoes, stuffed jalapeno, mushrooms and a salad.  It was a great meal.

The next morning we got up and went out for breakfast at King Salmon.  I have been going to King Salmon since I moved to Alaska in 1980.  I usually always get the biscuits and gravy, but they do have a lot of other good food.  I just think of it as a typical Alaska restuarant.  It is casual with real, tasty food.  They do have a breakfast buffett but I have never tried that.  I know a lot of people do. Even the tourist always find it and eat there.

Then we went to visit David’s niece, Diana Honkola.   We had a great visit with her and the kids.  They are both growing so fast.  Grabbed Dusty on our way out of Sterling and headed home.

We did have to stop at the Turnagain Armpit for some good BBQ before we got home.
Calls itself the Southern BBQ on the Alaskan Frontier. Bringing authentic southern BBQ to Alaska is our passion, is our mission. We thrive on being true to traditional southern low n slow smoked meats and classic BBQ sides. We skimp on no part of that age old tradition, we replicate the BBQ masters every step of the way. We honour the ‘Q’ and all that it stands for. We don’t follow trends and we don’t sway from classic BBQ – well sometimes, but only rarely and then not very far. If they don’t do it down south, you likely won’t see it at our PiT.

Saved me having to cook for my boys.

What a wonderful weekend spent with dear friends and a great family!

 

 

Flat Ole Hippies First Camping Trip

Our friends asked if we wanted to go camping with them.  We agreed to go because we have never been before and it sounded fun.

The first place they took us was the Girdwood Forest Fair.  There people with flowers in their hair, people all dressed up and even pirates singing.  We thought this place was pretty cool.  As you follow the trails through the forest you will find all kind of booths.  There was really a lot of people though.

 

Then we stopped for a nice brew at Girdwood Brewery.

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We found a nice place to camp by a pond. The camper was really comfortable and scenery was nice.

 

I got to play with the twins.  That was lot of fun.  They are really cute.

 

The next morning we packed up after breakfast.  This camping stuff is fun. I hope they invite us again.

 

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We will say Good-Bye for now and hope to see you soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girdwood Forest Fair and Camping

Alice got in her truck and was ready to go camping.  The poor thing didn’t get to go into the Girdwood Forest Fair.  That was okay though because all the people would have scared her.

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Our plan for the first camping trip was to go to the Girdwood Forest Fair first. We got up in the morning and finished packing the camper. We didn’t want to get there too early because they close the road for the parade. We parked at Alyeska Resort Daylodge and took the shuttle to the fair. There were a lot more people than I had expected to be there. I guess since our summer is so short everyone goes to anything that is outside. It was a nice day yesterday, but even if it was raining they would have all been there.

There were stages all over with different things going on.  Lots of vendors trying to sell their wares. Lots of food vendors doing the same thing. We went in the beer garden for a beer but when we found out we had to pay $8.00 for a cup and then $6.00 to fill it up,  we thought that was too high and figured that would fill a growler up at the Girdwood Brewery.

I did think it was cool that they had a baby nursing place set up for the mothers and to change their little ones.

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We caught the shuttle back to our truck and off we went to Girdwood Brewery.  There Alice could come out with us in beer garden.  We all had a beer and filled two growlers up with some of their nice brew.

 

After our beer it was off to find a good camping place.

 

We found a place on the old highway road to camp.  It was between the railroad tracks and the highway.  I know you are thinking that’s going to be loud, but it wasn’t bad at all. The highway was on the other side of this pond we camped by, so the traffic noise was not bad.  The train was kind of cool except when they honked their horns when they went by.

Heather and Dan showed up with the girls.  Katharine and Rebecca had never been camping before, so we were all excited to see how they liked it. They really did like it.  Katharine loves the trees.  Rebecca was going to check everything out.  They thought the fire was pretty cool. There was another couple parked not far from us.  They kind of just stayed to theirselves except when they came to see the girls and talk to the dogs.  We were all at our own campsite and we had a fire going when all of a sudden a cop droves up, turned around and stopped.  The cop got out of the car as we noticed the K-9 on his car.  We were thinking he wasn’t there to tell us we couldn’t have a campfire, so we waited.  He then let his dog out.  We noticed he had something in his mouth, looked like a toy.  Then the cop took the toy and threw it into the pond for the dog to fetch.  The dog was having a blast. When he was done playing with his dog he put him back in the car, rolled his window down and told to have a good evening.  We all thought that was a cool cop.    Then it got to be bedtime and Mom and Dad got their beautiful little girls ready for bed. They took their bottles and decided it was full of caffeine or sugar because they decided it was party time. Well first Dusty drifted off to his tent.  Grandma and Grandpa headed to their camper to play a little crib. Then Heather came in to fix the girls bottles again saying goodnight to us.  We saw them out walking the girls as we fell asleep.

 

Then in the morning we woke up first and I made some coffee.  Then Dan popped in for a cup and told us the girls didn’t go to bed until 12:30.  Next Heather came in dragging.  They went and fed the babies while I cooked breakfast of oatmeal and fruit Heather had brought.  After everyone woke up things were fun.

 

After breakfast we decided to pack up because the wind was picking up and we felt a few drops.  We all had a good time eating hot dogs cooked on the open fire while drinking a few good beers.

After one last look around our campsite, Alice got a couple more drinks from the pond and we left for home.

We had only gone a few miles when we could see that there was a line of cars backed way up the highway. It took us an hour to get 4 miles.  When we stopped I called Heather because they had left before us.  They didn’t make it through either and were a couple of miles ahead of us.  They finally made it to Bird Creek Campground and told us there had been some kind of accident.  When we finally got there it was all cleaned up and traffic was going back to normal.  I sure hope no one was hurt.

 

 

First Camping Trip of the Year

I know we just got home but we couldn’t wait to get the camper on the road.  We planned this trip before we left because we wanted to go to the Girdwood Forest Fair.  Then we are off to try to find somewhere to camp which is very hard in the summer in Alaska.  July is the worst because the Red or Sockeye Salmon are running thick.

The Girdwood Forest Fair is a family fair that has become an annual event in the resort town of Girdwood, Alaska located 36 miles south of Anchorage. This year event times are as follows:
Friday July 6 ~ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday July 7 ~ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Parade at 10:00 am
Sunday July 8 ~ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Forest Fair features Alaskan artists, hand-crafted items, exotic foods and entertainers from all over Alaska. Fun for the whole family is kicked off by the Forest Fair Parade on Saturday, July 8th at 10:00 am.
The fairgrounds are located at Mile 2.2 on the Alyeska Highway in the community park area. Limited parking is available at the Alyeska Resort Daylodge with Shuttle service provided. Car pooling is encouraged!
There is no admission fee, only good times! Be sure to purchase a limited edition Girdwood Forest Fair T-Shirt “The Cover Charge that Covers Your Back”!
Camping will be allowed in Forest Fair Campgrounds only for a fee – Camping permit required. Public Camping is prohibited in the town of Girdwood during Forest Fair Weekend. Law enforcement personnel will be patrolling the Girdwood Valley.

If you live in Alaska come check it out or if you are planning a visit it happens every year.  The only bad thing is no dogs allowed, so poor Alice, the chicken dog, will have to stay in the her truck with windows down and water.  Yes, I did say her truck.  Alice seems to think that every time the truck goes anywhere it must be going camping.  That means road trip for Alice.  She loves to go camping and is a great road tripper.

Alice did slip trying to get into the camper yesterday while I was getting things ready. I sure hope she is not to scared to jump in today when we go to bed tonight.

This will also be Katharine and Rebecca’s first camping trip.  Heather and Dan said they would be meeting us for the night at the campsite.  Can’t wait to get photos of the girls first campout.

Well I better go make sure the fridge is cold, so I can put in the food.  I need to add a last few things then I think the camper will be ready.

I will be posting pictures and tell you all about our trip when we get back so be sure to check it out.

Home Again

We made it home in under 7 hours.  I do like flying Icelandair.  We flew economy and still had plenty of leg room.  It was not full, so no one sat in our aisle seat.  We didn’t buy their food because we had leftovers from our stay in the apartment.  We did have to buy one of their beers though because it was a limited edition to celebrate their 737.  It was nice and we kept the cans.

When we arrived back in Anchorage we made it through immigration rather fast because most of the people on the flight were not the US.  Waiting for our luggage took longer than in the regular airport.  In Anchorage we have a smaller building that is used for all international flights.

Then we got to customs where we were asked did we have any wine, sausage or cheese, good thing they didn’t say beer, we answered no and left the building.  Our friend, Judie Wolfe, was there to get us. We stopped by the house and dropped of the luggage and picked up Dusty, our son, to go to Red Robin for a hamburger since it was 4th of July. I was not going to BBQ after that trip.

It was wonderful sleeping in our own bed last night.

 

Day 7 Leaving Iceland

I got most everything packed yesterday, but we needed to check the weight again.  We did a little moving around and got all three bags under 23 kilograms.  We are probably up to 60 pounds of beer now.

We cleaned up everything at the apartment and left for the airport.  On the way we stopped for gas and I took a couple of photos of our dirty car.  It is a little bit cleaner than it was at one point.  Might have been the trip through the river.  Did I  say that?  We didn’t drive through any water with the rental car.

 

We then went to turn in our car at Sixt.  They were the really busy again but could be because they are the cheapest place to rent a car.  So if you want a cheap rental be prepared to wait a couple hours. Our car was the dirtiest one that was turned in. I guess the people didn’t have as much fun as us.

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Now time to catch the shuttle to the airport.  There was some interesting art outside the airport.

When we went to check in I told them that we had paid for a bag in London and they told us that it was paid all the way through.  She wanted to see my receipt which luckily I had on my email.  Glad I don’t get rid of that stuff until the trip is all over.  We loaded our luggage on the weighing belt and we had 1.4 kilos to spare.  Yeah! We passed the weight allowed.

Then off through security where I managed to set the bells off as normal.  After getting patted down and having the wand run over my body, to bad it wasn’t a guy doing the patting down, I was let through.

We picked up some licorice in the duty free.  I was going to get some whiskey made in Iceland and smoked in sheep dung but thought $89 was a little much.

We found a place to sit and had a sandwich I had packed.  Now we are waiting to see what gate we go to.  Then we will be off to Anchorage and our own bed for the night.

 

 

 

Concert at Chiesa di Ognissanti

The Anchorage Concert Chorus had a concert in the church of Chiesa di Ognissanti.  Another beautiful church.  It would have been nice if they had more people there but the ones that were totally enjoyed their concert.  It sounded wonderful.