Walking up to 1.5 miles throughout the day on city sidewalks and uneven terrain. Hike at the Kenai Refuge is approximately 1/4 mile on a combination of paved pathways and rough, uneven terrain.
At the hotel, we will have a buffet including waffles, bagels & cream cheese, English muffins, hot oatmeal, cold cereal, milk, coffee, tea and juice.
Departing from the hotel via motorcoach, we'll head to Kenai and make our first stop at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural for a self-led visit through its displays. This will provide us with historical information on the Kenai area. That will be followed by a walk with our study leader through the old Kenai settlement, concentrating on the Russian influence in the area with the opportunity to visit some of the historical homes. We will then visit Kenai's Russian Orthodox Church, built in 1895 to replace the original church, which was built in 1849 and dedicated as a National Historic Landmark in 1970. The parish house was built in 1887 and is currently the oldest standing building in the Cook Inlet region.
At the Kenai Senior Center, we’ll stop for a plated meal, plus coffee, tea, water. As we share our meal with local seniors, our group leader will suggest topics for discussion enabling us to have interesting table-time conversations.
This afternoon we will ride to the Kenai Wildlife Refuge, located just outside of Soldotna. The refuge center's mission is to conserve and protect the diversity of fish and wildlife in their natural habitats. This includes moose, bears, mountain goats, Dall sheep, wolves and salmon, plus waterfowl and other migratory and non-migratory birds. We'll explore the exhibits as a group, enjoy a movie about the refuge and have the opportunity to experience a local spruce forest with a short hike. We will then head back to Soldotna to the Homestead Museum. Soldotna's homesteaders arrived in 1947. The museum grounds include some of the early homestead cabins. We'll see handmade utensils, pioneer objects and Alaska native artifacts.
At a local restaurant, we'll have a catered dinner featuring hearty soups, salads, and bread, plus coffee, tea, water and a special dessert.
In a meeting space at our hotel, we'll enjoy a presentation led by our study leader to give us further insight on this fascinating region of Alaska.