Sunday, June 16, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (36)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (36)

06/16/2019 / No Travel Day – Willow Creek State Recreation Area


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Start Time: N/A
Mileage:  53,986.2
Cost Per Night: $50.00 USD
Weather: 51 - 60 F Overcast with Chance of Rain

Father’s Day on the road. Today was very relaxing. We drove the truck all over Willow looking for the perfect fishing spot.

We explored the Willow Creek State Recreation Area. The place was almost entirely deserted; just the way we like it. The broad Susitna River Valley, including what is now the recreation area, was scoured by massive glaciers, which once covered it. When the ice retreated some 9,000 years ago, it left a rolling landscape of elongated glacial deposits, called drumlins, dotted with hundreds of lakes and ponds. The recreation area an ideal habitat for many mammals and birds.

After we located a Park Ranger, we learned that the best and only fishing spot is just a walk away from our campsite. The fishing rules here are different for each different fishing spot; very confusing.

Hilariously, the bridge spot we fished at yesterday, was a ‘catch and release.’ However, on the other sided of the bridge, you can keep two rainbows per day!!! Of course, by the time we set up our fishing spot nothing was biting! To add insult to injury – Paul broke the tip off his new pole.

We returned to camp and did chores (Laundry, hook-up the tow vehicle, RV housekeeping, put up our Alaska Map Sticker) in anticipation of our trip to Anchorage tomorrow.

I believe we have about seventy miles to drive – Easy Day. Mayhap, we will try the river one more time before we go. This park has a 1:00 p.m. check out time. Willow Creek RV Resort was pretty packed last night – by noon today it was almost deserted.

This park has a great location. However, the utilities are lacking. Our site, #20 has a sewer connection that is higher than our RV. Also, you are parked on gravel. For the price they could have proved a bit more comfort.

Wildlife Spotted: B&B Bunnies and Birds only – definitely NO Fish.

Lush Landscape of Willow Creek State Recreation Area
Lush Landscape of Willow Creek State Recreation Area

Fishing Regulations are Different for Each Fishing Spot - Confusing
Fishing Regulations are Different for Each Fishing Spot - Confusing

Paul Talks to the Friendly Park Ranger
Paul Talks to the Friendly Park Ranger

Stunning Path to the Shore of Willow Creek
Stunning Path to the Shore of Willow Creek

These Pretty White Spiraea Plants Are Hardy, Deciduous-Leaved Shrubs
These Pretty White Spiraea Plants Are Hardy, Deciduous-Leaved Shrubs

Gorgeous View of Willow Creek, Willow Alaska
Gorgeous View of Willow Creek, Willow Alaska

Lots of Moose Skat About
Lots of Moose Skat About

How Paul Celebrated Father’s Day
How Paul Celebrated Father’s Day

We Learned to Spray Our Hats with Repellent to Keep Skeeters Away
We Learned to Spray Our Hats with Repellent to Keep Skeeters Away

Added Alaska to Our RV Map
Added Alaska to Our RV Map

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal

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