When we weren’t off gallivanting around other parts of the Peninsula, we stayed in and around Soldotna. This was wear the cabin was that we were staying. Our cabin was right on the Kenai River making for some scenic views.
The town of Soldotna was small but seemed like it had everything a person would need. Including breweries! The first brewery we went to was Kenai River Brewing Company. I really enjoyed the ambiance and vibe of this place. On the back side of the building, they had a kitchen with some appetizer type foods. The bacon beer mac & cheese was to die for! I actually ended up coming here twice during our trip and I liked all of the food I tried here. We also went to St. Elias Brewing. This had more of a restaurant environment but I would have to say I liked their beer better than Kenai River.
As far as getting out into nature, a large group of us did an easy hike to Russian River Falls. You can learn more about the details of the hike here (http://www.alaska.org/detail/russian-river-falls). This was a couple mile hike one way and the river is full of salmon. This is your classic viewing area to watch salmon jump up river.
After our hike, Kyle and I did some more fishing in the Kenai River around the Coopers Landing area. In this area, you weren’t allowed to target the salmon and they sure didn’t care about your fly either. The goal for fishing here was to catch Dollyvarden. You could find the Dolly among groups of salmon eating eggs and the salmon were brightly colored so they were easy to see. They were tricky to catch and even with the fly going right by them, most seemed uninterested. I was able to catch a few nice size Dollyvarden.
Earlier in the week, Kyle and his dad went fishing around this area to learn the waters and told us about this little BBQ joint called Sacketts. Kyle raved about how good the pulled pork was that he got here so we decided to try it after fishing. OMG, you guys, this was one of the best pulled pork sandwiches I have ever had! If there was another opportunity of us to go here before we left I wouldn’t have hesitated.