The Olson's Retirement RV Adventures travel blog

Kenai Spur Rd. north of City of Kenai. (Industry Rd.)

Oil Refinery along same rd.

Rest/view area at the Swanson River.

Same roads turns into this. Narrow & lush forest.

Oops, Dead end. Turn left gravel.

Oops, Dead end. Right turn picnic area, left turn to campground.

Our campsite.

View from the back of our site of Cook Inlet.

Another view. Do you see 37 oil wells?

Another view. We could only see 1.

More views of the Alaska Range.

View of Mt. Redoubt. Erupted in 2009.

Another view @ 10:30 pm.

We left the campground in Seward about 10:30, our latest getting out so far. Only going to go 90 miles, so no hurry.

The drive was back up the Seward Hwy. 37 miles, and then along the Sterling Hwy. about 57 miles to Soldotna. We took no pictures because it was the same old boring scenery. Not really, our photographer caught a cold somewhere and had her eyes closed half the time. We will be back this way. There is only one way out.

We then took Kenai Spur Rd. into Kenai (city/village) to the Vistors Center. Decided to continue another 22 miles on the Kenai Spur road. It turned out to be a industrial area all along the road. Not very pretty, but we took some pictures. It eventually ran into Captain Cook State park and the scenery changed. It was a narrow road with very thick forest on both sides that dead ended at a gravel parking lot with a gravel road to the left. It dead ended into Cook Inlet, a very large ocean bay. If you turned right there was a picnic area and if you turned left was Discovery Campground. Discovery was one of Captain Cooks Ships.

The Swanson River we crossed several miles back, was the site of the first oil discovered in Alaska. Thus the refinery and all the industrial counterparts. We were told there are 37 oil wells out in Cook Inlet, We could only see one.

The campground only has 53 spaces and only about 10 were occupied, so it was a very quiet night.

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