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Sunday, July 26, 2009 - Day 12 in the motor home
Got up this morning and called Sarah. Still haven’t heard anything from her either by email or by phone. It’s beginning to look like we’re not going to be able to see her.
We pulled out of the RV park this morning and headed for the sports shop to buy a can of bear spray. The guy in the store said you need the spray or a gun. I thought we got taken until I noticed a lot of other people had them. The reason we needed the spray is that we were going on a hike along the Russian Falls road in hopes of seeing bears. There was a long line going into the park. You had to pay $11.00 to park there and then it was another $45 for the bear spray. Since the park was full, we had to park a quarter mile away from the entrance to the trail. On the way we picked up a hitchhiker named Danny who was headed to the same parking lot. (Alaska is NOT like Michigan). We pulled into the Pink Salmon lot and said good-bye to Danny. Then we hiked another 2 ½ miles along the trail to the lookout platform. Never did see a bear, but saw a ton of salmon jumping out of the water, trying to beat the falls. And we saw Danny hopping up and down the steep embankments like a mountain goat. I’ll bet he got some great pictures. We stayed a while trying to get pics of the salmon jumping but they were too fast for us. We headed back to the RV with a nice little 6 mile hike under our belts.
When we got back we tried to call Sarah again - just her voice mail. We decided to head for Seward - about 60 miles away - and that’s where we are now - at the Bear Creek RV park. Not very picturesque and not our favorite of the places we’ve stayed, but the WIFI is free so I‘m good to go.
Just to warn you, Dad’s new mantra is “What would Miles do?” He fancies himself quite the wilderness guy now. I fondly remember the days when Grandpa Caputo was his role model.
This is a pic of the kind of view we had along the hiking trail.
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