A Weekend on the Bluff – July 2018

After two nights on Kenai Lake, it was time to get closer to Homer. We had made reservations for the weekend at Scenic View RV Park near Ninilchik, which would make for a short drive on Sunday to snag another first-come, first-served campsite on the water.

Oma got a wonderful Mocha coffee at a tiny coffee express after Moose Pass, and then we headed down the Sterling Highway. There were tons of fisherman all along the way in/on the Kenai River.

When we got to Soldotna, we stopped for fuel and groceries at the Fred Meyer and cat necessities at Petco. The Fred Meyer parking lot was a zoo. There is a free dump, and it looked like more than an hour’s wait in line to use it. Trying to fit our fifth-wheel in the lot (just for groceries) would have been unpleasant, but the motorhome was small enough that we were able to fit using two spaces on the end of a row.

We had views of the Ring of Fire across the inlet from our motorhome.

After shopping at Fred’s, walking over to Petco and fueling, we continued on to our campground for the weekend. Scenic View RV Park sits atop a 200 ft bluff overlooking Cook Inlet and the “Ring of Fire” volcanic range. On a good day there are great views across the water to the mountains and volcanos, and it was our luck that the day we arrived was a good day. Not every site has a great view from inside their RV, but it’s a very small campground and the edge of the bluff is no more than a minute or two away from any campsite.

A view along the bluff

I was feeling very under-the-weather and went to bed early, but Oma actually stayed up past her bedtime and caught a spectacular sunset across the inlet.

Saturday was our day of chores, especially for Oma. While not a bad day, visibility decreased so the views were not as spectacular.

Mt. Redoubt, which last erupted in April 2009.

Scenic View RV ended up being a great place to hunker for the weekend (weekends on the Kenai Peninsula are crazy busy with all the locals from Anchorage joining the rest of us here). We got laundry and chores done and had phenomenal views while we were there.

Day 60 (Day 26 in Alaska)

Miles: 109*
Driving time: 2:30
Roads: Seward Hwy (AK-9), Sterling Hwy (AK-1)
Road conditions: Good
Overnight: Scenic RV Park, Ninilchik, AK
Weather: Mostly cloudy becoming mostly sunny (52/72)
Total miles in Alaska: 988*
Total miles since crossing Canadian border: 3,548*
Total miles: 5,116*
* Since our motorhome is our only vehicle, mileage includes side trips.

Day 61 (Day 27 in Alaska)

Miles: 0
Overnight: Scenic RV Park, Ninilchik, AK
Weather: Mostly sunny (49/64)

 

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