Date: May 1, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Mileage: End - 18271
Start - 18044
Total Miles for the day: 227
Weather: mostly cloudy, a few sunbreaks, snow flurries
Temperature: start 29º
Wildlife count: Moose
Year List: 202, Life List: 345
Birds: European Starling, Magpie, Canada Geese, Glaucous Gull, Bald Eagle, Raven, Golden Eagle, Common Merganser, Pintail, Mallard, Green-wing Teal, Northern Shoveler, Common Loon, Mew Gull, Common Murre, Cormorant, Black-legged Kittiwake, Red-necked Grebe, Northwest Crow, Red-breasted Merganser, Bufflehead, Greater White-fronted Geese
With the morning low temperatures and Anchorage traffic, we opted to wait until about 9:30 to leave. It was a good decision – there was almost no traffic and the roads were basically dry, except on Turnagain Pass, which was just wet.
It was a beautiful drive down Turnagain Arm, with sun breaks and dark clouds. The drive over the pass was uneventful, except for the frost heaves, which continued all the way down the peninsula. Several things got jostled around in the rig, but nothing broken beyond repair.
When we got to Soldotna, we stopped for lunch at a Taco Bell located in Fred Meyer’s parking lot. Our stop in Fred Meyer was to buy a teddy bear for a volunteer party coming up next week.
On our way again, we passed the homestead of my Uncle Bud Herman, and the sign on the entrance road that reads, “Herman Drive,” and through the small town of Ninilchik, where my cousins all were raised. We were the most thrilled to come down the hill into Homer, the end of our journey. We traveled 4512 miles to get here.
We still are not permanently settled; however, as the campground is not yet open. Water has not been turned on, so we went to the local Safeway Grocery and filled our 5 gallon camping water carrier, as well as gallon jugs for the bathroom. So, we are still camping in our rig, but we are warm and dry, and hope to get settled sometime in the next week. It all depends on rain and temperature. We finished our evening with a ride down on the spit, checking out the birds. We found several new lifer birds, but we were just too tired to really explore much. It is just hard to go to bed, when there is such beauty out of our window, but I guess it will be there tomorrow as well.