Date: June 16, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Temperature: start 48º
Wildlife count: Sea Otter,
Year List: 255
Birds: Black-billed Magpie, Sooty Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Orange-crowned Warbler, Bald Eagle, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Dark-eyed Junco, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Alder Flycatcher, Savannah Sparrow, Sandhill Cranes, Trumpeter Swan, Lesser Scaup, Red-necked Grebe, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Glaucous-winged Gulls, Common Murre, Tufted & Horned Puffins, Pelagic Cormorants, Mew Gulls
At midnight, I was awake, and the sky was cotton candy pink and blue with the setting sun – what an amazing view! Then I awoke again at 2:15, and the dawn was just breaking twilight – by the time we got up at 6, there was full sunshine.
As we are playing on our day off tomorrow, we cleaned the house quickly this early morning, and then had the clothes in the RV camp washers before 7am. That gave us time to have coffee and relax till all was completed. I got the hanging clothes and began ironing, and John folded. We were both done at the same time, JUST in time to go out for breakfast at Duncan’s and be in church on time at 11. This is the last Sunday for lay speakers, as the new pastor arrives next week. She was just commissioned and everyone is very excited to meet her and have her here – we are as well.
We came home, changed clothes, as it was getting rather warm and we wanted to hike, and headed out to Eveline Recreation Area. Last time we were there, snow still covered the paths, but this time, this small alpine meadow was green and beginning to blossom – what amazing beauty in God’s creation! We wandered down the trail, ton the deck and enjoyed the view and listened for bird calls – continuing our study to try to recognize all we hear. We have several songs all committed to memory, but then there is always one that pops up that stumps us! BUT we are getting better!
By then, it was time for dinner, because we skipped lunch with such a late breakfast. John grilled a ribeye steak, we had a great salad and a little baked potato. One of the folks who had been on our Texas Padre Island birding tour lives in Anchorage but has a home here in Homer. He called and invited us to go out on the boat with him this evening to check out Gull Island. What a treat. We left around 7 in his skiff and got back around 9. The wind stopped and we just drifted around the island – it was delightful! It turns out that Lynn is a Homer boy, arriving here when he was about 5, AND, he was here before the earthquake. He will be willing to look at Grandma’s photo and see if he can identify where it might have been taken – how neat!
It is now after 10 and the sun is still shining! It has been a FULL Alaska summer day.