Asphalt Camping Again

After four days of beach-front camping at beautiful Deep Creek Campground in Ninilchik, Alaska, I have to say, my current location is definitely lacking in both amenities and views.

Yep, we pulled up stakes at the beach … or more accurately, rolled the rocks off my ground mat (the wind really picked up yesterday evening and I didn’t want to end up chasing my mat across the campground).

The wind that had rocked us to sleep last night died down overnight and the morning sun was bright overhead when Ronni and I ventured out just after 8:00 am. I was happy to realize I didn’t even need a light jacket.

Check-out wasn’t until noon, so we had a leisurely breakfast and another walk on the beach before I buckled down to the cleaning and stowing that is standard practice on a travel day. By noon, I was in a T-shirt and shorts.

Still, such a crystal clear, sunny day is also an ideal day to be on the road, especially when you are traveling along the Sterling highway, following the shore of Cook Inlet along the Kenai Peninsula. ☀️

With plenty of time on my hands, I stopped to top off my propane tank and buy fresh banana-nut muffins. Yum!

Once I got to Soldotna, I reluctantly joined the line of RVs waiting their turn to dump black and gray tanks, chuckling in eye-rolling humor at the inept fumbling of the rental unit stalling the line. Eventually, they got the job done and rumbled off to continue their great Alaskan vacation.

With all my chores completed, I still had several hours before I needed to be at the trial site, so I took the opportunity to pull in at the Centennial Park Visitors Center along the spectacular Kenai River in Soldotna.

Ronni and I got to watch several fishermen plying their poles along the shore, and meandered around the shady, grassy grounds of the Visitor’s Center, where Rhonda happily entertained tourists.

Back in the RV, I made a light lunch and caught up on some knitting to pass the time – it was only a 15 minute drive to my destination. I wasn’t in a big hurry to leave my shady spot near the river and head to the paved parking spot reserved for me for the next three days.

But needs must – there are RATS to be hunted tomorrow, and this sure isn’t the first time we’ve camped on asphalt at a trial site.

Photo by Marcia Dietrich Kardatzke

Published by 2dachsnite

I’m a RV Sometimer (less than full time, but more than a weekend warrior) living in Alaska, with dreams of seeing the country in my RV. I am 70 years old and married, but my husband isn’t a fan of RV travel, so my journeys are mostly solo except for my navigators; dachshunds Baxter & Rhonda. I’m also a spinner of tales - and a spinner of yarn (my other passion). My spinning wheel, along with the dogs, go along on all my travels. I look forward to sharing my stories, including photos and videos, with you.

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