Date: August 26, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Weather: bright sunshine
Temperature: start 49º
Wildlife count: Sea Otters
Year List: 266
Birds: Goshawk, Bald Eagle, Northwestern Crows, Glaucous-winged & Glaucous Gull, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Red-necked Grebe, Black & White-winged Scoter, Common Murre, Pelagic Cormorant, Tufted & Horned Puffins, Pigeon Guillemot, Red-necked Phalarope, Common Loon, Harlequin Ducks, Ancient Murrelets, Marbled Murrelets, Lesser Scaup
It was a beautiful sunrise this morning – the days are really starting to get noticeably shorter – we are losing an average of 35-40 minutes of daylight every week. At that rate, it will be really dark here in the winter, but at least we are seeing sunrise and sunsets.
We were blessed with a gloriously sunny day for our last boat ride with local Naturalist/birder, Karl. We were his only passengers, and since it was so delightful, we decided it would be our celebration of our 43rd Anniversary – at least till we figure out something else! The water was flat and the clouds made lovely patterns; we saw lots of birds up close, along with huge rafts of otters – an absolutely perfect ride! We even identified McKeon (read McEwan) Flats, just out from the Spit.
It was past lunchtime when we returned to the harbor, so we headed to our favorite place on the Spit, Boardwalk Fish-and-Chips, where they serve VERY fresh halibut – what a treat!
For one last time before we leave, we washed the truck – vehicles here just stay dirty, as there are so many dirt/gravel roads and lots of rain, but it made us feel better. The rest of the afternoon was spent sitting in the sun and reading – I’m reading the Wilderness Writings of Theodore Roosevelt, a unique look into his thoughts – an amazing man.
Dinner was a simple salad, followed by a trip out to the Spit, where we sat at Land’s End and enjoyed the views and the birds/creatures/boats passing by while we were serenaded by some folks with guitars. It has been a perfect day.