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Sandy Days and Bonfirelight: Kenai, Alaska

sunny 18 °C

BGM: Wondering Where the Lions Are by Bruce Cockburn

The name "Kenai" always has a fun ring to it whenever I hear it, conjuring up memories of mouth-watering Mexican food, weather-worn historical Russian monuments and bright green river flats alive with the chattering of snow geese. Whereas wildlife in Soldotna is normally predictable in a comforting way, a trip to Kenai means keeping your eyes peeled for wild caribou or coyote crossing the road. More often than not when we traveled there, we weren't disappointed.

But my family, friends and I usually drove those ten wild miles for the beaches. We'd pack up picnic or barbecue supplies and head out to the end of Spruce Street, Cannery Road or Kalifornsky Beach (K-Beach) Road and set up shop just below the dunes. During my final month in Alaska, I found myself coming here a lot just to memorize the sights and sounds, so I'd never forget.

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Cook Inlet Sunset With Volcanoes

Cook Inlet Sunset With Volcanoes

Playing in the Waves

Playing in the Waves

Beach-combing for chunks of agate or sea glass, roasting marshmallows on the fire, singing to the setting sun -who says beaches need white sand to be perfect?

Securing the Seating Arrangements

Securing the Seating Arrangements

(Disclaimer: This blogger strongly suggests that the reader NOT attempt to swim in Kenai Beach waters. Not only are the undercurrents lethally strong, but you'll get a lot of gritty silt in your personal crevasses -and Kenai Beach has no showers to get it out).

Posted by GenkiLee 06:50 Archived in USA Tagged alaska sand bonfire kenai_beach

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This is great! I look forward to following your travels!

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