Day 42, 7/10/15, Friday
Weather: Sunny all day with the temperatures in the 60s.
The day began at about 6:30 when Paul rose and prepared for a day of fishing. A quick breakfast and we were both ready to start the day.
It was very convenient that our campground is located in the middle of three fishing areas. The actual fishing began at 8 am due to the assigned time on the state fishing license. The day’s plan was successful met when Paul caught a silver (Coho) salmon. Dinner of this salmon this evening and it was delicious.
Gail took some time to walk the beach the length of the spit. The beach is almost totally rock covered, which makes walking a chore. Close to the water it is easy to sink into the mushy and wet sand. There are small amounts of seaweed and no shells. Beaches are not Homer’s strong suit. The water has visible silt, giving it a grey color.
We are deciding whether to stay another day since we are having so much fun here. With tomorrow being Saturday, more people will descend to this general area. In addition, this weekend is designated as the official dip-netting period on the Kenai Peninsula. For us, we were unaware of what dip-netting was since we never heard of this at home. What will actually happen is that Alaskan residents will have very large diameter nets similar to our fishing net. With a net in hand, they will enter the water and attempt to catch whatever fish are swimming there. Fishing is for sustenance here in Alaska, much more than sport. We have met people from the Fairbanks area, over 600 miles away, who come down with their boats and a 5-cubic feet freezer.
They put the freezer in the boat for the trip down here. We have encountered a campground where an additional $5 a day is charged for a freezer, so we’re thinking that this is common.
Tomorrow morning will tell the tail as to what we decide to do for the weekend.
G & P