Anchorage, Seward and Homer
Headed into the Kenai Peninsula. Glacier covered mountains on both sides of the road and a glacial stream rushing by on our right, created an area that photos just cannot do justice.
Went out on the fjords cruise the following day. The trip was enhanced by the appearance of the sun which we had not seen in a number of days. (This is actually a rainforest area.) Spotted humpback whales, sea otters, sea lions, and tons of sea birds, including puffins and murres (look like a small penguin). The turning around point for the cruise was the Aialik Glacier. The boat stopped about 1/4 mile away from the 400 foot face for 20 minutes. The captain requested silence. The crunch and crackle of this river of ice could be heard as it moved forward, and finally the thunderous roar as the chunks of ice calve from the face into the bay creating big waves. Incredible experience.
Driving around Seward, we were constantly reminded of the vulnerability of this town. Signs every few blocks direct drivers to the Tsunami evacuation routes. This little town was destroyed in 1964. Alan's barber, in town, told us they have rumbles about once a month to remind them of the potential danger.
Took off next for Homer. The view from the bluff as we approached town was breathtaking. We landed a campsite at the end of Homer Spit--surrounded by the waters of the Kachemak Bay. Starkly beautiful. The following day Alan went out on a 1/2 day halibut charter. He returned with 13 and 25 pound halibuts (2 is the limit), which yielded out about 18 pounds of fillets. Halibut party when we get back in town!
The days are starting to get shorter. We now have sunset around 10:30 and it is dark by 11:00, have finally been able to stop using the eye masks for sleeping.