Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)


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A Visit to Talkeetna

Nagley's Store - Talkeetna, Alaska
Yesterday, Vince, myself, and one of my employees volunteered in Talkeetna for their Earth Day festivities.

Talkeetna – a quirky little town of about 800 residents – is about an hour from where we live. It’s famous for being the home base for climbers of Mt. McKinley, the inspiration for the town of Cicely on the TV show Northern Exposure, and as the filming location for the Disney film Snow Dogs.

Bustling downtown #Talkeetna, #Alaska. Can't wait for many summer adventures here!Untitled

I’ve visited the town several times in years past but it never gets old. I absolutely love its artsy vibe, unique stores, and fun restaurants.

After helping out the National Park Service at their event, we headed to the Roadhouse for a treat. Vince and I shared a giant cinnamon roll with frosting. Oh my. It was delicious! We’ll definitely be stopping by again on our next visit.Talkeetna RoadhouseTalkeetna RoadhouseEnjoying a "Frosty" after our Earth Day volunteer project. So good!He said it was "too sweet." He has so many things to learn, my new American boy! ;)

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Salmon Fishing: Take Two

I want to post every detail of today-yet another amazing day off- but, alas,  I am utterly and completely exhausted from the days activities and eager to get into my warm, comfy bed. This post will suffer as a result!

Our fishin’ gang from last week (sans Vince, who had to work today… Sad face!), went back out to Sunshine Creek. Today was MUCH more productive for me!

I hooked 11 salmon. Yeah. That’s right.It was incredible fishing today!

I threw back 4 small ones and lost a few. I ended up netting 1 Red salmon and 3 Silver salmon (shhh, that’s one over my limit! Don’t tell!).

This morning I was worried that today would be a repeat of last week. You know, me being the only one of us to not catch a single fish. Thankfully, I couldn’t have been more wrong!

It poured rain pretty much all morning and was a bit cold, but I couldn’t have cared less! I was ecstatic to catch one fish, let alone 8!

After we finished up for the day we took our fish into Talkeetna. I decided to have mine smoked, that way I can take some home to Utah and Vince can take some home to Bulgaria. They take about a week to smoke, which means another trip to Talkeetna to pick them up is on the agenda.

We ate lunch at a place called Twister Creek Restaurant, where I also enjoyed an Agave Gold beer by the Denali Brewing Co. It was pretty tasty. I have to say I have really enjoyed my past few days off (next week I am off to Copper River and Valdez, so the streak will likely continue!).

Now I am off to bed, probably to dream of wriggling, slimy salmon!

Thanks to K. and my other fishing buds for a great day. It will definitely live in my top Alaskan moments.

First Silver (that I kept)

Whackin' the fish

Red salmon!

Me, K. and H.

Another Silver

Reeling one in

Yet another Silver!

Well earned beverage at the end of the day


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Mini-vacation

Let me begin by saying that today was AWESOME!

Our day-off mini-vacation started yesterday after work. Vince and I, along with 3 friends, traveled 2 hours south of Denali and spent the night at another Princess Lodge (Mt. McKinley Princess) located near Trapper Creek.

Moose sighting on our drive down to Talkeetna

Hiding in the massive Fireweeds!

We went to dinner and then to the employee kickball tournament (where Vince met a distant relative of his from Bulgaria-whose husband, Allan, was our fishing guide extraordinaire today. Small world!

We got an early start this morning and met Allan at his cabin. After loading up on homemade cappuccinos and banitsa, we headed off to Sunshine Creek for some salmon fishing.

Sunshine Creek

Long story short, I didn’t net a darn thing! Everyone else, including Vince, got some beautiful, big red salmon. After over 5 hours, hooking/wrestling with 5 and losing 3 lures (those suckers put up a fight!), it became apparent that it just wasn’t my day.  We packed up and headed into Talkeetna for some lunch and a look around.

Vince's first catch

Second red salmon of the day, he is so proud!

Talkeetna is a unique little town. It is the starting point for most climbers on Mt. McKinley and has an artsy, small-town vibe.

Talkeetna, Alaska. My shirt looks very odd in this photo!

We ate lunch at a colorful little pizza joint then took a walk down the main street out to the Susitna River. Afterwards, we did a little shopping-including buying Allan some replacement gear for the lures/spinners that we lost.

LOVED the cheerful tables and chairs

On the banks of the Susitna River

Girls-only photo!

It couldn’t have been a more gorgeous day. The weather was clear and warm and I even got a little sunburn! The only thing that would have topped it off would have been for the mountain to have been visible (Talkeetna is a mere 40-miles from the base), but oh well!

We had such a good time that we are planning another trip for next week. I hope I am able to get the day off! I am determined to catch a salmon! Vince and I are even thinking of having whatever we catch smoked so we can take it home, which is good because I happen to love smoked salmon.

I am home now and should be in bed, but I had to get a post up before turning in. It was just such a great day and I couldn’t wait to share it with everyone!

Salmon fishing in Alaska, another item down on my Alaskan bucket list!

W.