Date: June 9, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Seward, AK
Weather: sunny, with a few drops of rain
Temperature: start 51º
High 77º (inland)
Wildlife count: Moose
Year List: 244
Birds: Black-billed Magpie, Glaucous Gull, Red-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, American Robin, Wilson’s Warbler, Trumpeter Swan, Arctic Tern, Mew Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake
Breakfast was a split plate of Vegetable Frittata, bacon, potatoes, blueberries, strawberries and orange slices, as well as an almond/poppy seed muffin. The food was delightful, and since the day breeze had not yet begun, we ate outdoors at LaBaleine. What a treat. After our usual tour around the harbor, we enjoyed worship at Homer UMC.
We left immediately after church for Seward, with a stop in Soldotna to get an electric toothbrush replacement and a little bit of a protein snack and an apple. The drive over was enjoyable. We stopped at the Kenaitze Tribal Visitor’s Center, walked the boardwalk, and spent time talking with the native guides. One guide showed us a Wilson’s Warblers nest, tucked into the moss and sedges under the trees. As small as that bird is, it does not seem possible that it could incubate and brood up to 7 eggs. What miracles we experience! (see photo)
We stopped at Kenai Lake marsh, where Arctic Terns and Mew Gulls were nesting on the grassy islands, then hiked to Moose Creek, where we heard lots of birds and saw salmonberries in bloom.
After checking on tomorrow’s tour, we checked into the hotel and had dinner at Chinook’s at the harbor. John enjoyed fish and chips; I had pecan-encrusted cod on a bed of mashed yams, spring vegetables and green curry coconut sauce. What a treat! I would never have thought of curry and coconut, but it gave a real zing to the fish and was delicious. The yams were mashed with chopped onion. We topped off the meal with Raspberry Wheat beer from the Moose’ Tooth brewery in Anchorage.
A walk along the harbor helped to digest that wonderful meal and we have crashed in our room. This entire trip was arranged by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge where we volunteer, that we might better interpret the islands of the refuge. We will be taking a Kenai Fjords National Park cruise that is given complimentary in conjunction with the refuge. All of the islands that we will encounter tomorrow on the cruise are part of the refuge for which we are volunteering. Our part is to pay for food and housing – what a deal!