It couldn’t be stated any better, we love summer in Alaska! It’s feels even better if you endured the previous winter. The long hours of daylight give a boost of energy to make the most of the short season. It is also a very chaotic time of year, because so many of our activities revolve around harvesting food for the upcoming winter.
This summer has been really busy, we haven’t even taken our motorhome on a fun camping trip. There have only been 3 trips to Anchorage so far. Next week that is going to change, we will be heading with the motorhome and trailer full of toys to the Knik River and Nancy Lake.
The Knik River is about 5 miles outside of Palmer and we do an annual trip to Knik Glacier. It’s a 25 mile ATV ride across some amazing terrain to the base of Knik Glacier. We pack a lunch, load up the dogs, and take off for an entire day of fun and getting dirty.
Nancy Lake is another favorite spot and a great place to get away from it all. Located about 20 minutes north of Wasilla, this little gem is a nice and quiet place to relax. There is a trail system of about a dozen lakes and short portages that forms a loop. We first visited the area in 2007 when I was working as a fishing guide for Fisherman’s Choice in Houston (Alaska not Texas). I had a much earned day off between king salmon season ending and silver salmon season beginning, so we rented a canoe and did the loop. It was a great time and one of the highlights of that summer. The best part was how affordable it was, I can’t remember the exact price, but it was shockingly low. Now we live here and bring our own kayaks.
So far this summer may have been too busy for fun motorhome trips, but we have been making the most of our time in Seward. Since I am a fisherman at heart, I always relate the beginning of summer to the Combat Fishing Tournament. The tournament takes place in the middle of May and is usually my first time getting back on the water.
If you are looking for a good cause to support this is a great one. Every year the Seward fishing charter fleet treats 200+ soldiers from local military bases to a day of fishing on the Gulf of Alaska. It is organized by the Armed Services YMCA and a great way of showing our appreciation for the sacrifices they make for our country. Our friend Jim who owns the Swelltime donates his boat and we both donate our services to the tournament, Rebecca always bakes something nice for the guys on the boat and helps check the soldiers in at 430am.
We have taken a couple recreational fishing trips on the Swelltime this year. The first fishing trip was with some of our local friends and new friends (and fellow bloggers) Kristi Trimmer and Jana Seitzer. The water was a little rough and the weather a little cool but the fishing was hot! It was also my first attempt at doing a fishing video blog. The video blog started out well, but once we get fishing I go back to my roots of being a guide and forget about anything other than fishing. We had a great time and everyone went home with plenty of meat for their freezer.
Our second fishing trip of the season was with Jim who owns the Swelltime and my dad who was in town from San Diego. This was a nice laid back day on the water with the guys. Shooting the sh** and solving all the world’s problems while fishing for halibut in Alaska, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Our terrier Shelby is a mastermind and had us rolling on the floor this week. She is very jealous of the spaniel Remington, especially if he is sitting next to her mommy! We caught one of her stunts on camera this week. What made it really funny was the movie playing in the background lined up hilariously with what she was doing.
The shore fishing in Seward has been spectacular this summer. There is a great fishery for sockeye salmon only minutes from our house. Some don’t consider this fishery sporty because you snag the fish instead of hook them in the mouth. I will agree it’s not too sporty, but it’s really fun and fills the freezer for the winter.
We have been planning a new adventure, it’s in the early stages so we can’t guarantee we will be able to pull it off. The idea is to escape the Alaskan winter in our RV and blog / YouTube our way across America for 6 months. Sounds like fun doesn’t it? There is so much up in the air at this point, we will keep you updated as things progress.
If you are interested in participating in this adventure, we will be accepting sponsorship!