The water dripping off the eaves has thickened into crystal stalactites, and outside my window snowflakes swirl before settling into a fine dust on the frozen ground - a sign that winter, with its slower pace, is still upon us.
(Author's note: Because 2015 marks the 30th year that a Kenai River king salmon has held the IGFA, all-tackle world record, let's consider what it takes - or more aptly what it doesn't take - to catch big fish.
If fishing is on your Alaska "to-do" list, but you need a few tips, this is for you. Guides An easy way for a visitor to go fishing is with a guide. A good guide will furnish you with the proper tackle and bait and put you on fish, if possible.
The hiking and biking trails of the Kenai Peninsula offer access to many exquisite natural habitats, often with incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. As with any outdoor activity, remember to be prepared.
With moose wandering through residential neighborhoods, migratory birds stopping by on their way north and south each year, and bears catching salmon in local rivers, the Kenai Peninsula provides ample opportunity for wild life watching.
Volcanoes visible from the Kenai Peninsula, from north to south, are: Mount Spurr 11,070 feet tall Erupted: 1953, 1992 Mount Redoubt 10,197 feet tall Erupted: March 15, 2009, sending ash plumes from 30,000 to 60,000 feet high. Dec.