Date: June 18, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Weather: brilliant sunshine
Temperature: start 54º
High 74º an all time high record for Homer
Wildlife count: Bear (scat only)
Year List: 256
Birds: Black-billed Magpie, Song Sparrow, Lesser Scaup, Golden-crowned Sparrow, American Robin, Alder Flycatcher, Common Snipe, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Red-necked Grebe, Bald Eagle, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Orange-crowned Warbler,
We had a very relaxed morning, with breakfast out at the Sourdough Bakery and Café. We had tried eating there on Memorial Day Weekend, which was disastrous, but this was wonderful. We tried again to find Eagle Lake, but we must have missed a turn. However, we had some interesting adventures on roads that would be completely impassible if there were rain, as they were just ruts in the tundra, but it was a beautiful day and we had a terrific adventure.
We spent lunch at Beluga Lake on the dock in Ben Walter’s park and hiked down to see Red-necked Grebes on the water, but did not find their nests. We also drove out to the Homer Reservoir, but no bird nests did we find there, so in the bird department, we struck out, but we had a delightful day of exploring.
With 74°, I dug out my shorts and sat in the sunshine and read for awhile in the afternoon – it was delightful. Dinner was grilled kielbasa, salad and fried potatoes/onions/garlic, cooked outside on the grill and in the cast iron skillet on the cook stove. What a treat.
We walked the campground, sat outdoors and read some more, and have just come inside at 8:30. As the sun is beginning to head west, the temperatures are coming down. Sunset tonight is 11:29 pm, which will be followed by a long twilight, followed by a very light gray dawn, with sunrise at 4:46 am. It really never gets dark here now.