A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.
Anchorage: 32°/45°/Partly sunny
Fairbanks: 27°/44°/Partly sunny
The round-rumped grizzly bear ambled toward us, and I swallowed a scream and the urge to run. It had 6 million acres of Denali National Park and Preserve wilderness in which to roam, yet somehow this bear had managed to find my backpacking partner and me, alone on the Savage River.
On and off the road system, Alaska is dotted with cities, towns and villages that give the state its real character.
Luck struck around 6:30 a.m. Sunday -- less than nine hours before the end of the 10-day Slam'n Salm'n derby -- when Robert Hayes hooked a 40.97-pound king salmon that made him the winner.
Summer solstice marked the beginning of the warm season last week, but two Anchorage fly-fishermen discovered Monday morning that winter still lingers deep in the Chugach Mountains.
Town sits at junction of Kenai and Moose rivers
The town of Sterling is along the Sterling Highway at the junction of the Moose and Kenai rivers, 18 miles east of the city of Kenai.
Sterling, population 4,700, caters to the Kenai River sportfishing industry and the summer influx of recreational enthusiasts. More than a quarter of the 2,554 housing units are used seasonally.
Sterling residents work in oil and gas processing, timber, fishing, government, retail and tourism-related services.
The Kenai Peninsula has been the home of the Kenaitze Indians for hundreds of years. Sterling apparently had its name formalized in 1954 when a post office was established.
An archaeological site containing prehistoric house pits has been discovered at the Isaak Walton Campground.
Source: Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development