Another school year is in the books, and summer vacation means more time for blogging! It’s been a busy spring, (if you can even call it that, because it still felt like winter until last week.) We’ve done a little traveling, both separately and as a family, my parents came to Unalakleet for a visit, the littles keep us on our toes every waking minute, (and there are a lot of waking minutes these days, with a 4:30 a.m. sunrise, and a 12:45 a.m. sunset…) and we’re already over halfway done growing #3!
Throwback to Spring Break
In March we flew to Anchorage for a prenatal visit, and thought we’d throw a road trip in to make it fun for the kids, and to see more of Alaska. If you’ve never driven down the Kenai Peninsula, add it to your bucket list. We’ve made the trip to Seward a few times, the kids LOVE the Alaska SeaLife Center, but we had friends we wanted to see in Soldotna, and we had yet to make it all the way to Homer, so we switched up our normal route!
The trip from Anchorage to Soldotna took us a little under three hours. It was March, so we didn’t have to deal with any summer tourist traffic, and there was plenty of time for B to stop at Girdwood Brewing to fill up his growler.
We stayed with friends of ours we knew from our Elim days. They recently opened an AirBnB, and we were lucky enough to check it out! If you are ever looking for accomodations in the Kenai area, check out the Rudstrom family’s listing –they have a beautiful new cabin that they built themselves, are in a perfect location, and are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet! They have a sweet family and know so much about the area, we were so fortunate to enjoy their good company and steal all of their recommendations! A and H were extra excited to have kiddos to play with, and thought the ladder in the cabin was extra cool!
We took a day to drive down to Homer and check things out. Shops and restaurants were still mostly closed for the winter, but the scenery itself was worth the hour and a half drive from Homer. We stopped at brew@602 in Soldotna to fuel up on caffeine–a great little coffee shop in a retired Alaska Railroad car. The kids loved pretending they were riding a train, and ate the entirety of the waffle cookies we got for the road.
The drive down the coast did not disappoint and the Homer Spit is back on our bucket list for the summertime, when we can enjoy the shops and restaurants. We ended up finding a place to eat and then a place to park by the water. We took advantage of the walking trails and tired the kiddos out before hitting the road back to Soldotna.
Before we knew it, it was time to head back to Anchorage to grocery shop and fly back to Unalakleet. Admittedly, the last few months have been pretty non-adventurous. End of the school year, being pregnant and lazy, and a winter that just wouldn’t let up have had us going pretty stir crazy. But we’ve got a busy summer planned including a marathon for B, an East coast trip to visit family, scouring New England for a good campground to park a camper in, (suggestions, anyone?) and an Alaska RV trip! Stay tuned!