South to the Kenai Peninsula
South of Anchorage the road travels along side the Turnagain Arm. This is a large extension of the Cook Inlet that runs east for miles with steep mountains on both sides and at the end. The tide fluctuations during one day can be as much as 33 feet. When the tide is out the land is sticky muck. Careless people venture out into the tide plane, get stuck, and drown when the tide comes in.
The day was gray, windy, and cold. Not good for sightseeing. We had planned on stopping at a particular campground and hiking to a nearby falls. Campground is full and weather is not good so we are kicking back in overflow camping lot which is fine.
The upper Kenai Peninsula is probably the most heavily fished area in Alaska. It is close to Anchorage which has half of the states population. In addition, some sort of fish is running all summer long. Residents, tourists, bears, eagles, and whatever are all competing for the huge runs of very big fish. In places they participate in ‘combat fishing’. That is standing literally shoulder to shoulder while fishing. If you step back from the bank, someone else will move into your space. Hope we can get a picture of that.