Date: May 17, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Weather: am clouds, pm sun
Temperature: start 41º
Birds: Bald Eagle, Crows, Ravens, Great White-fronted Geese, Whimbrel, American & Eurasian Wigeon, Green-winged Teal,
When we got to bed last night, I accused John of kicking the bed. However, we soon realized that it was not John – we were experiencing an earthquake! It rattled for about 30 seconds. When we got up this morning, the earthquake site revealed that a 4.5 earthquake occurred at 9:24 pm last night. It was centered in Homer, at a depth of 33 miles. Nothing danced on shelves, nor could we hear anything move, we just knew that WE were moving!
This was our last day to have orientation – we heard from Law Enforcement first. There is just one part-time LE here, as opposed to 12 at Padre Island National Seashore – interesting. Next, the chief biologist related some of the research that is occurring within the refuge and some of the issues. The islands of the refuge are as far apart as San Francisco to Atlanta, with no way to access them except by ship or plane. The research ship leaves tomorrow, and we will be there to wave good-bye. We shared lunch with our partner volunteers at Two Sisters Bakery, an iconic Homer landmark just below the Visitor’s Center, which is really dangerous, as their food is terrific. We brought home a sticky bun for tomorrow’s breakfast after sharing corn chowder and a turkey Focaccia sandwich with yams, zucchini, craisins, onion, cheese, and aioli sauce. It was excellent.
By 4:30 we were done – yeah! It was very good training, be we feel like we have been drinking out of a fire hydrant. After baking a quick home-made pizza for dinner, we went back for the screening of a new movie on Katmai National Park, which was outstanding. Headed to bed early, as tomorrow is our first day at the Visitor’s Center desk.