Saturday, June 20, 2009

Alaska Day 3 - Beluga Slough & Homer Spit

After the boat ride we were on a mission to get on the road. Patrick drove us toward Homer, our destination for Saturday. After driving for a couple hours and the sun wasn't setting, we ended up stopping in Cooper Landing looking for an RV Park. All the RV parks were full, so we ended up spending the night on the side of the road. Here we all are the next morning.

Cooper Landing

After some more driving we reached our destination: Homer, Alaska. Our first stop was the visitor center. It was raining out, but we decided to brave the weather and walk on the Beluga Slough Trail. Below are some of things we saw on the trail. Oh yeah, and this is where Nathan decided that it was a good idea to taste the seaweed he is holding. I guess he survived, so it must not be too bad.

Beluga Slough

After our visitor center adventure, we hit up Safeway again for some more chips and pop. We then found Heritage RV Park on Homer Spit. This was a welcome change from the previous nights accommodations, showers and all. Once we got to the campground everyone but Patrick and I went out exploring. Mom & Dad went on the $5 walking tour, while Nathan, Nickie & Luke went looking for a fishing charter for the next day. Patrick & I stayed back and watched Taken.

Later Nathan, Nickie and Luke came back to tell us about our plans for fishing the next day. Here are some pictures of the seagulls going for the fish carcases someone was throwing to them. The bald eagle wanted a piece of the action and swooped down the took the fish away from the seagulls.

Seagulls & an Bald Eagle

Here are some pictures from around the spit. There were lots of unique stores and restaurants along the spit.

Homer Spit

While Mom & Dad went to a play at the Pier One Theatre, the rest of us walked around looking for a place to eat dinner. We ended up eating at a Mexican place, Patrick and I shared halibut tacos, Nathan had salmon quesadillas, and both Nickie & Luke had fish and chips. On our quest to find food, Nathan, Nickie & Luke met Johnathon Hillstrand from Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel. I didn't know who that was at the time, but have since watched a couple episodes.

Homer & Deadliest Catch Man

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