After leaving the Kenai area, the plan was to spend a week somewhere between there at Homer where we would again spend a week. We had a few options, the first being Ninilchick where we stopped in to the Old Village to peak around…
Instead of staying in the hustle and bustle of the town of Kenai the past week, we spent it at Captain Cook State Recreation Area where we hung out on the beach, worked, saw our first sunset in months, and did a few short hikes. As you can see from the image below, the campground was overgrown with flowers and berries of all sorts.
It was a possibility to drive all the way into Kenai after leaving Hope. The choice had not been made until just 30 miles shy of arriving in the Kenai area. Instead of going all the way into the city for the weekend, we would stop at one of the three free campgrounds inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Initially we looked at Peterson Lake, but three of the four sites (each campground consisted of a large gravel lot with 4 campsites and a boat ramp) were taken. We moved on to Kelly Lake. We lucked into a completely empty campground and pulled right into the prime water-front spot, right next to the boat ramp for an easy kayak launch.
Before we moved on from Hope, we had set out on a few minor adventures:
First was a hike along Gull Rock Trail which turned out to be an extremely pleasant hike along the Turnagain Arm. The ground cover was so lush, and so tall, that most of the views out to the water were blocked. Every once in a while a break in the foliage would give us a view.