I made my first trip to Alaska in July 2010. It was an amazing experience shared with my good friends Gil Hibben and Richard "Huk" Planas. We went during the salmon run and had some great fishing and a great time all around.
I am a photographer and seldom go anywhere without a camera. I knew this trip was going to be something special and that turned out to be a gross understatement. I shot about 1800 pictures of which I have selected about 500 to share here. I hope enjoy my adventure.
We flew into Anchorage, AK on Saturday and arrived in Anchorage at 10:12 PM Alaska time (4 hour time difference from Louisville, KY). It was a long 12 hour trip but proved to be well worth it. We spent the first night with Wes Hibben (Gil's son) in Anchorage.
Wes' new puppy, a Brazilian Mastiff, was so happy to see us.
Sunday morning we had breakfast at Gwennie's, a former brothel in Anchorage. I had my first taste of reindeer suasage. It was pretty gamey but not bad.
We stopped at a local sporting goods store to pick up some fishing tackle before hitting the road to Sterling. They had some impressive mounts.
With all of the oil coming out of Alaska, and two of the three Alaska refineries within about 100 miles of Anchorage, they still pay about eighty cents per gallon more than we do in Kentucky.
We get on the road to Sterling, about 1 1/2 hours south of Anchorage. It rained all day which is not unusual for the area this time of year. It's not a heavy rain, just a misty drizzle most of the time.
Alaska Highway 1 runs along the coast of Cook inlet south from Anchorage. It is a beautiful drive with mountains on one side and water on the other and the mountains in the background.
We will drive around Turnagain Arm, through mountain passes, to Sterling on the Kenai Peninsula.
Sightseeing trains run excursions on the tracks that run alongside the highway.
The scenery is amazing. The pictures don't do it justice.
We arrived at our destination in Sterling around 2:00 PM Alaska time. It's easy to lose track of time here with sunrise around 4:30 AM and sunset at 11:30 PM. But hey, I'm on vacation, who cares what time it is?
Gil arranged with friends of his, soon to be my friends, to stay with them right on the Kenai River. Froggy and Deb were the greatest hosts. They have a beautiful place and treated all of us like family. Deb's kept us well fed with her unbelievably good cooking. She had lunch waiting when we arrived, taco salad with caribou. Outstanding!
The main house.
Me and Gil had our own private cabin. It don't get much better than this.
Like many places we visited, they have an interesting assortment of relics and memorabilia artfully arranged around the spacious property. Froggy is quite an artist and his artwork is everywhere.
The garden is surrounded with Froggy's collection of antique furnace doors and other interesting knick-knacks.
An old mining cart reminds us of the Alaska gold rush days.
He even has a jail.
It doesn't look like Deb feeds the inmates as well as she fed us.
Froggy's "Man Cave" is filled with curios.
Ice auger to make holes for ice fishing.
This was cut from a e of the Alaska pipeline.
Antique draw knife.
You never know what you will stumble across when exploring the area. This old crane was used to build the Alaskan Railway.
I saw quite a few classic cars in pristine condition. Aside from the summer rains, they have pretty low humidity so cars don't seem to rust as bad as a lot of places in the lower 48.
It seems the climate is good for flowers too.
Enough sightseeing for now. LET'S GO FISHING! (Click)