Mirror images at Summit Lake on the Sterling Highway last week reflects the closing of a great summer on the Kenai Peninsula.
It was a great summer, the trophy King’s returned to the Kenai and strong runs of Sockeye and Silver salmon kept sport and commercial fishers happy. Fires threatened, but the excellent response of firefighters prevented disaster. Warm temperatures and sunny skies provided visitors and event coordinators with the best of Alaskan experiences. But the good times are far from over according to Kenai Peninsula Tourism & Marketing Executive Director Shanon Hamrick who says the changing colors and nip in the morning air are clear signals that autumn has arrived on the Kenai Peninsula. There are colors of gold, orange, brown and green painted across the countryside. The trees are showering the ground with colorful leaves, and there is always a fresh, crisp taste in the air.
Fall is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the activities you have been too busy to do all summer. Hiking, horseback riding and camping are just a few of the activities that can be enjoyed this time of year, minus the large summer crowds.
As the traditional summer visitors head north, many Alaskan residents are finding September and October to be their favorite months on the Peninsula. Fisherman can still greet the sunrise from the banks of secluded rivers casting for Coho salmon, Rainbows, Dolly Varden or the elusive Steelhead trout.
Berry picking is at its prime, and the Peninsula abounds with blueberries, cranberries and raspberries. For this fun family activity there are many hiking trails in Seward, various Kenai River trails that are easily accessible for the Soldotna/Kenai area, and in the Homer area berry picking is terrific on the south shore of Kachemak Bay.
Fall is also the ideal time to explore the Swanson River area by canoe, where the only traffic you will encounter is a few moose, or hike one of the refuges many trails.
For a relaxing, stress free weekend plan a romantic getaway at one of the Peninsula’s wonderful Bed and Breakfasts or Lodges. Enjoy the fall colors from an outdoor hot tub, be pampered by a masseuse and enjoy fine food, all at reduced off season prices. For a complete listing of resort hotels, lodges and bed and breakfasts or for other ideas on how to make the most of the Kenai Peninsula this season call the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council at 262-5229 or visit their web site at www.kenaipeninsula.org.
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