Day 7 – Kenai, Soldotna and Cooper Landing

Kenai

I rode into Kenai today with my friends which sits at the mouth of the Kenai River and has an overlook to Cook’s inlet. We drove up to a bluff overlooking the water and saw salmon jumping all over the place. Across the water we saw Mt. Redoubt, along with three other active volcanoes. Beautiful beach and crisp breeze.

On the drive up we stopped and admired the bear carvings at a road side stop.

Bear holding fisherman
Bear holding rope line.
We saw salmon jumping in water at mouth of the Kenai River.
Mt. Redoubt Kenai, Alaska. I love how the sea gulls photo bomb my pictures.
Kenai beach overlooking Cook’s inlet and mountain ranges.

Soldatna

Because we had plans for a float trip in Cooper’s Landing, we left Kenai to go have lunch and ended up at the Kenai Brewery. Delicious lunch. If you enjoy beer, they distribute all over the Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai River Brewing Company

Cooper Landing Float Trip

The Kenai River is a mesmerizing blue. I was able to talk my friends into an evening float to hopefully explore wildlife. There are multiple rafting operators in Cooper Landing, but we chose Kenia River Dog, because of the cool dog and it is a woman owned business. They specialize in small groups and we had a great time with our very personable guide, Hannah and her dog Uma. All rafting operators go on the same river and all have about the same price.

Hannah and Uma, our float guides.
We had six riders including Uma, perfect.
Pretty blue waters.
Another float trip behind us.
Category 1 rafting, this was the only white water, barely a splash.
Two juvenile eagles in a huge nest about two hundred yards away in our fast moving raft. Thankful for the burst photo setting on my camera.
I think this is the momma eagle nearby.
Look at the birds in the middle of the picture between my friend and our guide. This is an eagle and a sea gull fighting over food.
This is called the combat zone at a place where the Russian River runs into the Kenai River because the fishermen stand so close to one another to catch salmon.
Just one more look at the Kenai River. Breathtaking.