The trip yesterday from Palmer to Seward took us around Anchorage and put us on four lane roads (good ones) for the first time in days. We're in the city waterfront rv park right on Resurrection Bay. No TV (cable or sat), no Internet. The cell service was sparse, so we did not get up-dated last night. Today was no better, until we returned from dinner. For some reason, 4G popped up on my phone, so here goes:.
Our day was spent on a tour boat of the Kenai Peninsula. Once we got out of forest fire smoke, the scenery was spectacular! Photos to the right include the Northwest Glacier (one of multiple glaciers visible from or near the same vantage point). Sea life included Orca (Killer) Whales, Sea Otters (lounging), Two kinds of Puffins, Sea Lions and a distance viewing of humpback whales. All of this on our fifth wedding anniversary! Lyle keeps saying how lucky he is.
Spires Bay is aptly named. Here are three.med
Very heavy forest fire smoke here in Seward today. Not much planned, except its Lyle's 80th birthday. Judy prepared his favorite dessert--banana, strawberry, pineapple with pudding (Banana Split without ice cream). The caravan members raved about it along with the remainder of our pudding shots (Bailey's and Creamsickle). We had halibut for lunch, then visited the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward.
Off to Homer this morning, on the opposite side of the Kenai Peninsula. Good highway, except for about a 10-mile stretch under construction. Strong winds blew us around a bit, but blew the forest fire smoke away from us. We passed through the town of Sterling, AK Lyle was born in Sterling, CO. Our RV parking spot is right on Cook Inlet, part of the Bay of Alaska. What a view!
Up very early to catch the boat for deep sea halibut fishing. Judy gave the charter to Lyle for his birthday (and went along). It took nearly two hours to reach the fishing holes, but all 15 caravan members who paid the extra fee caught their limit of halibut and Lyle caught one small shark. Fun day until it wasn't (Judy's words). After catching more halibut than most of the people on the boat, the rolling motion took its toll on her. One sick girl. We hope her stomach recovers in time for the halibut cookout tomorrow night!
We've included a sign that should be posted for dog owners everywhere.
Our waterfront park shows through the forest fire smoke.
Above: Mother and baby Orca and,
right, a male Orca
A day of rest and recuperation from the rigors of deep sea fishing. The hosts delivered our share of the catch (30 pounds of halibut, cut, packaged and flash frozen. We have a portable freezer in the "basement" of the motor home and the halibut has taken up residence there. Just be aware that if we come to visit, we'll be bringing halibut!
The group had a halibut/pot luck dinner tonight. Really tasty!
Big event of the day was a 4.6 earthquake about 30 miles from here. It happened at 11:30 Alaska time and really rocked the coach for a second or two. Thought somebody had hit us (we're parked), but never considered a quake until later in the day when people were talking about it.
Tomorrow is another day off. Maybe laundry and shopping.
Out for breakfast and sightseeing with Ralph and Nancy Dennis from Kentucky. They have been gracious throughout this caravan by letting us ride along for shopping, etc. After breakfast, we tried to find the marker for the western most highway in North America. Directions were less than great, but we found it--right at the shore of Cook Inlet overlooking one of the forty active volcanos in Alaska, Mt. Iliamna. It rises 10,000 feet from sea level. Photos of the event to the left. Right: photos of flowers at the Homer Visitors Center, tended by the Homer Garden Club. Long summer days allow for great growing conditions!
Left and above: Cataract Falls in Kenai National Park
Above: Three Puffins plus the seagulls who photo bombed
Motorhome Experiences of Lyle Dean and Judy Lebsack