GAFA Day 7: Headed Home
The Great Alaska Fishing Adventure has run its amazing seven-day course, and John and I are sitting in the Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, waiting for our 8 p.m. departure for an overnight flight to Atlanta and then on to Savannah. We leave Alaska, of course, with mixed feelings. On one hand, each of us is anxious to get back home to our loving wife and jealous friends. On the other hand, leaving a place as beautiful and awe-inspiringas the Kenai Peninsula is difficult indeed. Alaska adventures produce tranquility and excitement in equal measure and few people are able to make just one trip to the 49th state. This was my fourth visit to Alaska and John’s first, but I predict we will return again someday.
We said goodbye to our gracious chalet hosts Jan and Don Shields after an extended snooze this morning and headed into Soldotna for a 10 a.m. appointment to pick up our fishy bounty. Each of us return home with about 20 pounds of salmon and an equal weight of halibut. I noticed this morning that the going price for salmon was about $12 a pound and $25 for halibut. Our flash frozen fillets won’t offset the trip’s cost, of course, but good eating for the next year makes the financial outlay more palatable.
We had thought about doing a little sight-seeing on the way back to Anchorage, and decided to stop in Hope, a little town I visited twice before on motorcycle adventures and the home of the best pie I tasted in Alaska. Pie was to be our lunch today, but when we arrived at the restaurant–which had changed ownership since my last visit–we discovered that the horde of salmon anglers who descended on the town this weekend to fish the creek for silvers and pinks devoured all the pie in town. I was crushed, and after a quick drive through what’s left of the historic gold-mining town, we left a pieless Hope and drove the remaining miles around Turnagain Arm to the airport. There, we unloaded our luggage and fish and returned the POS Focus to the rental company.
My camera remained in its bag all day, so there are no new pictures. But I know that most people come to hdriderblog.com to see pictures, so I’ve added a few more taken over the last week that probably should have made the blog earlier but didn’t. Tomorrow I’ll make a final post to wrap up the GAFA 2018 blog. Thanks to all who took time to join John and me on this wonderful adventure and to read my ramblings when they probably should have doing something constructive at work.