Peter Mathiesen and I have been friends since the early 80's. We have both found a way to make a living doing what we love to do, hunting, fishing and writing.
A few years ago, Peter and his wife Sandy moved to Talkeetna, Alaska from St Louis in search of a slower and quieter life. He finished building a house on a small lake and started guiding on the many rivers in the area with a resident and Bed & Breakfast owner, Tom Redman.
Eariler this summer, Peter asked me to come up and help with a couple of groups they were scheduled to guide. I said, of course! So I'm here, in Talkeetna, Alaska.
We toured the town today. This is my first time in this part of the state. It's more of a tourist area, on a major highway that runs from Anchorage to Fairbanks.
Couple of images of the main street area in Talkeetna. Small shops and eateries dot the quaint thoroughfare where people from all over world stroll.
We ate lunch at this great place- Mountain High Pizza Pie. Their pizza was excellent--all homemade including the crust.
This is where the Talkeetna River meets the Susitna River at the town of Talkeetna. We watched a float rafts brought tourist ashore at the end of their floating excursions down the Talkeenta. Both river are glacier fed although the Talkeetna is a little more clear than the Susitna.
I saw a couple of salmon tail just off shore where we were standing. The rivers get a good number of sockeye, chum, pink, chinook and silver salmon.
We are going to fish a little this evening on Montana River just outside of town. Tomorrow we will boat one of several rivers of choice, Peter just hasn't decided which one.