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In downtown Keni we find this park named for Eric Hansen. Since...

Earlier visit to Kenai we visited an old Russian Church that we...

 

 

From our bedrood Shirley notices that Mt augistine is smoking up a...

I decide to go outside and snap a better shot from the...

We travel to the end of the bay and shoot the spit...

Reversing direction we take a shot toward the end of the bay....

The visitor center in anchor point recommends we visit a local russian...

 

 

We also are told to stop at the Russian cafe and have...

 

 

 

 

 

Nina is quite the character. She is the owner. She was an...

 

Sign seems wrong since Homer is 20 miles down the road, but...

We stop at a perch we had seen eagles at the other...

 

Just as we are manuvering to get a better view an adult...

Successfully removing the juvie the adult decides that we are too suspect...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Juvie lands in another tree not too far away and we...

Now this one decides that he does not like us below so...

 

 

 

As he tries to decide where he will fly to we get...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looks like the final landing pooint is across the marsh so we...


RUSSIAN VILLAGE NIKOLAEVSK AND NINA'S SAMOVAR CAFE: We decide to stop into the Anchor Point visitor information center, in part to ask about the sign designating this area (and our campground) as the farthest western highway. The helpful volunteer shows us that in fact the Homer Spit is more south and Anchor Point IS the most western point one can drive--so we learn something. She also suggests we visit the Russian Village--Nivolaevsk and the Samovar Cafe. We learn that Nivolaevsk is a very small village, with a Russian Orthodox church started by the father-in-law of Samovar Cafe chef/owner/manager. Nina is a Russian educated and trained engineer who came to this small village (started by a conservative Orthodox group) in 1991; she met and married the son of the priest and taught Russian until the state budget forced her to shift her income plans. The cafe and Nina were delightful and we greatly enjoyed her Borscht and other Russian dishes--and of course we bought the hand decorated spoons and enjoyed the pictures she choreographed of us in Russian garb.

ANCHOR POINT EAGLES: We return to our Halibut Campground at Anchor Point, take a nice stroll along the beach and then find a juvenile eagle sitting in the tree where we had noticed it before. Jim returns to the RV for his camera and we hike into the woods for a closer look. We are rewarded with a visit by an adult eagle that soars in loudly to displace the juvenile; Jim gets some great pictures of the interplay.



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