This is the signpost for the town of Nikiski, a small town north of Kenai on the Kenai Spur Highway. The yellow wildflowers give it a nice touch as we continue to travel to Cook Inlet Recreation Area. .
This was one of the prettiest little churches I have seen in the area. It is a Russian Orthodox church.
Lots of people up here use their mailboxes to express their artistic or humorous side. A little farther down this road we saw a man on a tractor that looked just like the one on the mailbox—only bigger, of course.We drove down North Cohoe Road to check out the clamming and fishing. The place was crawling with campers as far as we could see. We found out that there is too much mud and not enough sand here to sustain a good razor clam population – so we’ll go to Clam Gulch for that fun next week. I will show you a tide book that we will use to time the clam dig.
As usual, Jerry made friends with the locals. I know it’s a cliché, but Jerry has never met a stranger. The guys at this camp were using gill nets to catch their salmon. At the time we were there, the tide was out, so they didn’t have much to do and were glad to explain everything to us (Jerry).
One guy in particular was eager to show Jerry how the whole system works. They even got in a little practice at pulling in the net. Raise your hand if you know what “un poquito boracho” means. (Evelyn: Does boracho have two r’s?)
Jerry’s new best bud (Tim) insisted on giving us a red salmon that he had caught earlier in the day. He even insisted on filleting it for us! AND he gave us a recipe that uses honey, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. Tim has cousins that live in Galveston that he visits quite often.
According to locals, if you are a resident of Alaska (1 year at least), you are entitled to a subsistence number of salmon of 25 for the head of household and 10 for each other person in the household. Since we do not qualify, Jerry has to catch his one at a time using this hook with yarn attached. #4 hook with any kind of red or orange yarn……….
Tomorrow is the big day of the HALIBUT CHARTER and we hope that the next time you see this cooler, it will be packed with fish!! I am pretty optimistic since I now have 4 bags of ice in and made arrangements to put it in the freezer tomorrow night. Time will tell.