Our first destination in Alaska was Cooper Landing. It is a small place 160 km South of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula. Cooper Landing has 289 registered residents (a number that explodes in the summer!) and is set in beautiful Alaskan nature at the confluence of the Kenai Lake and Kenai River. The drive from Anchorage is beautiful and the weather was still on our side.
In Cooper Landing, we finally met up with our friend, surfer and nature keener Brent! We met Brent in El Salvador in October/November on our way South and in March on our way North. It was strange and really fun to see each other in completely different surroundings with multiple layers of clothes on! Brent had organized for us to float down the Kenai River.
A little ways down the river, John lives. When passing by Brent called for him and a very loud conversation ensued. “John, get in the boat!” John got out to shore and yelled back: “I can’t get in the boat, I have a wife and a dog!” “John, it’s you birthday. Get in the boat!” “Ok, I’ll get in the boat!”
What a fun day and great introduction to Alaskan life!