13 Ridiculously Awesome Reasons To Welcome Fall With Arms Wide Open

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

The best part about summer coming to a close is that we will finally get the peacefulness of The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground back at our fingertips. Although we love the excitement that comes along with people coming to visit us from all around the world all summer long, there is something very soothing about feeling the crisp fall air.

Photo Credit: Will T

Photo Credit: Will T

Plus, with all the misconceptions about there being “nothing to do” in Alaska during the fall and winter months, we are here to prove to everyone that these are actually the best times of year to experience the real, raw last frontier.

Photo Credit: Anurag Singh

Photo Credit: Anurag Singh

This time of year the river banks are less far less crowded, the trails are less traveled and you can actually walk on a popular beach without seeing a single soul in sight. Before we know it the termination dust will be flying, the bears will be moving into hibernation and we will be flocking to the Kenai River to reel in trophy rainbow trout.

Photo Credit: Kalyan Peri

Photo Credit: Kalyan Peri

Best of all, we can experience all of the above in utter peace and quiet. It’s the perfect balance after a hustling and bustling summer season. We’d be lying if we said that we weren’t madly in love with the fact that we get to experience the best of both worlds, right in our backyard!

Photo Credit: Patrick Thun

Photo Credit: Patrick Thun

1 – The fall colors are explosive.

Photo Credit: Sujohn Das, Flickr

Photo Credit: Sujohn Das, Flickr

2 – On a clear night, the northern lights are mesmerizing.

Photo Credit: Ron Niebrugge

Photo Credit: Ron Niebrugge

3 – There is nothing quite like the crisp, sparkling white beauty of the termination dust.

Photo Credit: Dan Logan, Flickr

Photo Credit: Dan Logan, Flickr

4 – Fly fishing for trophy rainbow trout on the Kenai River… can you say ‘hog wild’?

Photo Credit: Fish Em LLC

Photo Credit: Fish Em LLC

5 – Crazy dipnetting beaches are now secluded, peaceful beaches again.

Photo Credit: Courtney Stanley

Photo Credit: Courtney Stanley

6 – No more combat fishing which means no more split shots to the eye.

Photo Credit: Courtney Stanley

Photo Credit: Courtney Stanley

7 – Epic sunsets. You know, since the sun actually sets at a decent hour now.

Photo Credit: Wonderlane, Flickr

Photo Credit: Wonderlane, Flickr

8 – And sunrises. You know, since the sun actually rises at a decent hour now.

Photo Credit: Eric, Flickr

Photo Credit: Eric, Flickr

9 – No more crazy motorhome/tourist/construction traffic.

Photo Credit: Kim F, Flickr

Photo Credit: Kim F, Flickr

10 – Our hiking trails now have far less people and we can actually enjoy the sounds of birds chirping!

Photo Credit: Rob Baird, Flickr

Photo Credit: Rob Baird, Flickr

11 – If you own a business in Alaska, you might actually get to have a day off now!

 Photo Credit: Little Mermaid Homer, Facebook

Photo Credit: Little Mermaid Homer, Facebook

12 – Love dining out? Hooray, your wait in line will now be cut in half!

Photo Credit: Firehouse BBQ-Soldotna, Facebook

Photo Credit: Firehouse BBQ-Soldotna, Facebook

13 – Guess what, the sun will still shine and the snow won’t stick for at least another month – if we are lucky! 😉

Photo Credit: Eric Rolph

Photo Credit: Eric Rolph

What are you most looking forward to with the changing of the seasons? We’d love to hear about how you enjoy your fall and winter months in the Facebook comments below!

This Footage Will Make You Fall In Love With Backpacking On The Kenai

Happy first day of July! With the 4th of July weekend officially upon us, we figured that there is no greater way to celebrate our independence than to leave the noise of the city behind us and disappear into the woods for a lofty dose of nature cleansing. For all over you adventure travelers that are visiting The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground this summer, we have the perfect idea for you to get the most out of every step of your epic journey. First things first; You must rummage your closet for some ultra-durable wicking layers of clothing, get a handful of MRE meals and some delicious dried fruit, grab a light yet comfortable sleeping pad, a warm sleeping bag, a can of bear spray, a few bottles of bug spray and a durable tent with a good rain fly. Okay, now you are ready to rock and roll in the backcountry.

Backpacking is the best way to get up close and personal with the real, raw Alaska that locals love. If you want to get up close and personal with stoic wildlife, booming mountains, glistening glaciers and abundant fishing streams – this is the activity for you. Round up some of your best friends or your special someone and hit the ground running. The 6,908,540 acre Chugach National Forest and the 1.92 million acre Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are just a couple of the excellent areas that are perfect for all of your beloved backpacking adventures. And if tent camping isn’t really your thing, keep in mind that there are tons of state cabins all throughout these great places that are available for a very small fee (with reservations required). Be safe and have fun out there this weekend and all summer long.

Happiness only real when shared. ❤ Don’t go into the backcountry alone unless you’ve told close friends or family exactly where you are going and where your daily routes are going to lead you.

Are you as obsessed with the outdoors as we are? Check out this article which features great camping spots all over The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground.