So Long Homer.

We’re leaving Homer tomorrow. Our 7 day stay here was fun. The weather was a bit dicey, we wore our raincoats a lot,  but managed to enjoy every minute.

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When the weather wasn’t co-operating, we tipped back one at the Salty Dog Saloon. We left our dollar bill tacked to the wall!

Our next stop is Coopers Landing area. We’re roughing it there for a couple of days, time for some wilderness camping, then on to Denali.

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Homer, AK

Homer has a long, narrow strip of land jetting out 4.5 miles from the shore called the Homer Spit. Situated on the end of this strip of land is the campground we’re staying at. It provides us with endless views of Kachemak Bay. The wilderness area across the bay is only accessible by boat or plane, making it one of the most popular parks for kayaking, hiking, and fishing. We just started to explore the area, so the fun has just begun.

We sit and watch the sea, looking for whales and other wildlife.

We spend time relaxing by the fire, enjoying life.

Reflections of Seward AK.

While sitting here on the shores of  Resurrection Bay, we have to stop and give  thanks for how lucky we are to be able to experience this incredible area in Alaska. With the mountains and sea coming together in one place, it truly is a special place . While hiking Exit Glacier, watching sea otters play, and watching soaring eagles fly about, we had a great time here, leaving with wonderful memories.

As we head for new adventures, we’ll always  follow the path less taken.IMG_0165 (4)

Kenai Fjords National Park / Exit Glacier

 

Exit Glacier

We hiked to Exit glacier today. What an awesome day! The trail was so beautiful and challenging for us. We crossed glacier rivers, waterfalls, and climbed to the face of the glacier. Along the way we ran into a mother bear and her two cubs. What a great adventure it was. And  I had my finger on the trigger of the bear spray!!!!!! Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed the day !!!!

Seward, AK.

Seward is known as the “Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. It is nestled between high mountain ranges on a small rise stretching from Resurrection Bay to the foot of Marathon Mountain.                                                                                                It’s a little rainy and foggy here, so we’re not getting much mountain viewing or hiking in today , so we went exploring the town of Seward.

  The Iditarod trail was surveyed in 1910 as a mail route between Seward and Nome. It was used until 1924, when it was replaced by airplane.

Seward was named the “Mural Capitol of Alaska” in 2008 by Gov. Sarah Palin.

Stopped in at the Seward Brewing Co. to get a quick lunch.

Going to the docks to see the fishing boats come in and unload…. stay tuned !!

Anchorage, AK.

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city. It is named the “Air Crossroads of the World”, and today is still a major air logistics center and cargo carrier for Asia, Europe and North America. Anchorage has an extensive award winning trail system that is the best in the country, covering over 135 miles of paved trails and 300 miles or more of unpaved and wilderness trails, making it a mecca for hiking. We definitely loved the abundance of options. Within the city limits are an estimated 1,500 moose, 250 black bears, and almost 60 brown bears. Needless to say, we purchased a very large  can of bear spray. 🙂

Lu-Lu Belle Cruise

Glacier Wildlife Cruise

We spent the day aboard the Lu-Lu Belle !!!! THE best cruise in Valdez. Our captain, Fred, made sure we had a day we’ll never forget. While skillfully navigating around icebergs along the way to Columbia Glacier, we viewed mountain goat, sea otters, sea lions, dall porpoise, and killer whales. It was an amazing day on the water. We were able to get close to the glacier, watch it split apart and crash into the sea with such awesome force!  Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!

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