Homer - June 22-23
Monday, June 22, 2009
Homer, Alaska, United States
Anchor Point is on the way to Homer, and the beach road is the farthest west you can go on a road in the US. It's finally sunny and the water looked beautiful; could see a faint outline of the volcano on the other side of the Cook Inlet. Watched four guys drive their car and boat trailer onto the beach. When they put the boat in, they missed the water and it landed on the beach. It was sort of like a Three Stooges comedy act. Drove the Old Sterling highway, which was very woodsy and curvy.
To see the sites, we decided to drive from Ninilchik instead of moving the RV to Homer. The first time we went to Homer it was still cloudy and cold with a high of 49. The pullout by the "Welcome to Homer" sign is a magnificent view.
The Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center (Wildlife Refuge) is fantastic. Wow do they have a lot to offer—exhibits, films, daily ranger-led activities (walks, discovery lab, talks). The film was about the refuge areas in Alaska and what is being done in each area with sea otters, seals, and birds. The ranger talk was about the same information but more in-depth. Talked with the volunteers; one couple is
Walked along the boardwalk to Beluga Slough’s tidal marsh. Saw a Sandhill Crane and its baby (the baby is called a “colt”—learned something new again).
The Skyline Drive and East End Road have unbelievable views of the glaciers--could see all three glaciers from the East End Road.
People recommended Captain Patties for dinner but we didn’t have reservations. Went across the street to Sterling Silvers and had king crab melts and chowder. The chowder was full of salmon and crab--excellent.