Family and Fishing

We are always so excited when family comes to visit and this summer we were ecstatic that Uncle John and Amy Jo came for the first time since our wedding with Grandma and Grandpa. We had so much fun and we were able to do so much while they were here. They planned their trip around the annual salmon fish run so that they could reel in some fish to take home. Almost every fish year it is like clock work, the peak time for the salmon is right about July 17th. However, this happened to be the year where there was no peak in the fish run. The opposite happened and the fish just sort of trickled in throughout the 3 weeks of the season. John was able to catch a few, but unfortunately very few were caught by the family. However, we made up for it in other areas. Without further adieu, I will share our trip in pictures!

The trip started in Girdwood, where we rented a condo for a couple of nights and wanted to see what this little ski town had to offer.

The trip started in Girdwood, where we rented a condo for a couple nights and wanted to see what this little ski town had to offer.

The family took a tram to the top of the ski hill where we were able to see the spectacular view, eat lunch at the top and hike around.  Let's just say Amy Jo conquered lots of fears on this trip and I am hoping she wants to come back in the near future!

The family took a tram to the top of the ski hill where we were able to see the spectacular view, eat lunch at a restaurant at top and hike around. Let’s just say Amy Jo conquered lots of fears on this trip and I am hoping she wants to come back in the near future!

The boys loved the Tram ride.

The boys loved the Tram ride.

After the tram we decided to take the little hike that takes you to the next highest peak.

After the tram we decided to take the little hike that takes you to the next highest peak.

Some of us went further than others and some of us hike in places that they probably should not have hiked on.

Take a break to enjoy the view!

On the tram, we heard later that night we could watch a bore tide.  So at that certain time we loaded up and drove to the Turnagain Arm to view the bore tide.  However, we had the time wrong for the local we were at, which meant we waited an hour to see the bore tide and so when it finally rolled it we named it the "boring tide."  However, the fun that came out of it was while we waited we collected mud from the Turnagain Arm and we introduced the boys to facial masks.  Good Times!

On the tram, we heard later that night we could watch a bore tide. So at that certain time we loaded up and drove to the Turnagain Arm to view the bore tide. However, we had the time wrong for the location we were at, which meant we waited an hour to see the bore tide. So when it finally rolled in we named it the “boring tide.” However, the fun that came out of it was while we waited we collected mud from the Turnagain Arm and we introduced the boys to facial masks. Good Times!

Next day we dropped James and John off at Portage Glacier to test out the canoe.  Due to the river that they channeled into being pretty shallow their trip ended a little sooner than they had hoped.

Next day we dropped James and John off at Portage Glacier to test out the canoe. Due to the river that they channeled into being pretty shallow their trip ended a little sooner than they had hoped.


They were able to touch a floating icecap.  Beautiful!

They were able to touch a floating icecap. Beautiful!

Next stop Kenai and start fishing.  The family headed to the river and James and I stayed at the mouth to dip net.

Next stop Kenai and start fishing. The family headed to the river and James and I stayed at the mouth to dip net.

James and I were only able to catch 5 while the family was here.  The day after they left we were able to get 10 in an hour and a half.  15 is enough for our family to live on for the year.  So we were happy!

James and I were only able to catch 5 while the family was here. The day after they left we were able to get 10 in an hour and a half. 15 is enough for our famly to live on for the year. So we were happy!

Later that week we took a break from fishing for a very special day.  The boys were baptized and James and I renewed our vows and had our marriage recognized and blessed by the Catholic church.  It was a beautiful day and an intimate celebration with new friends and family.

Later that week we took a break from fishing for a very special day. The boys were baptized and James and I renewed our vows and had our marriage recognized and blessed by the Catholic Church. It was a beautiful day and a intimate celebration with new friends and family.

Next trip for 2 nights in Homer.  Since the salmon fishing was not going as planned we took out a Halibut charter.

Next trip for 2 nights in Homer. Since the salmon fishing was not going as planned we took out a Halibut charter.

We all caught our limit!  Yippee!

We all caught our limit! Yippee!

Visited some of the local hot spots!

Visited some of the local hot spots!

Every night enjoyed the outdoor hot tub at the end fo the Homer Spit!  I might need one of these!

Every night enjoyed the outdoor hot tub at the end fo the Homer Spit! I might need one of these!

One of my favorite things to do in Homer is go beach combing.  Just outside our hotel room while we were on the beach there was a sick sea otter that later passed away that night.  Poor thing.

One of my favorite things to do in Homer is go beach combing. Just outside our hotel room while we were on the beach there was a sick sea otter that later passed away that night. Poor thing.

Then back to Kenai, where we had some beautiful weather.  Amy Jo was laying out on the deck during our water fight.  When the water fight was over, Justice ran in the house took off all his clothes and grabbed his blanket and pillow, just like Aunt Amy and laid in the sun.  Who would have thought!

Then back to Kenai, where we had some beautiful weather. Amy Jo was laying out on the deck during our water fight. When the water fight was over, Justice ran in the house took off all his clothes and grabbed his blanket and pillow, just like Aunt Amy and laid in the sun. Who would have thought!

Lastly, we were able to see some of the more popular animal in the wild.

Lastly, we were able to see some of the more popular animal in the wild.

These pictures bring back great memories of my summer.  We miss everyone so much and hope you come again soon.

These pictures bring back great memories of my summer. We miss everyone so much and hope you come again soon.

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