|Campers’ delight - scrambled eggs with ham, onions and cheese along with hot coffee; sitting in a quiet forested campsite with no noise and a good breakfast.
After breakfast, we hiked down to Naptowne rapids on the Kenai river, which is only about a quarter mile downstream from where we were watching the fishermen last night. Back at the docks we watched a couple of groups launch their boats and head upstream for a day of fishing. While at the docks we could see the pink salmon running in the river.
We hit the road and passed through Sterling on our way to Soldotna. I have been having Starbucks withdrawal, even after 3 cups of coffee with breakfast. After Soldotna, we make the short drive to the City of Kenai and did some sightseeing along the bluffs overlooking cook inlet and stopped for a photo op at the original Russian Orthodox church in Kenai.
We have not had an internet update in a couple of days so we stop at McDonald’s for coffee and internet (thanks to AT&T and McDonalds for the free wifi). Our lunch stop was a little beach side park in Kenai overlooking the Cook Inlet.
We continue down the Sterling Highway, inspecting a number of campsites looking for the perfect view of the Cook Inlet for the night. We pass through Kasilof, Ninilchik, and Anchor Point. We found a really nice deserted campsite at one of the state parks but decided to continue to Homer and to come back to this park if we did not like Homer.
As the day has progressed, the clouds have thinned and we have a mostly sunny day as we arrive in Homer with a nice view across Kachemak Bay. Our plan was to stay out on the Homer Spit (a Texas City dike on steroids) but we did not like the congestion and parking lot style RV parks. We stopped to check one of the new RV parks and they quoted a rate of $63, discounted from $83, for full hookups, wifi, laundry, etc.
We then decided to stop in Homer for dinner and return to the state park we had visited earlier in the afternoon. I am getting tired, my knee hurts and I am ready to stop and we do not find a place to eat. As we are leaving Homer, we spot a deserted RV park on the top of the bluff and stop to investigate. This is our spot for tonight, a little pricey, but it does have wifi, so we can catch up on our trip journal and Facebook.
We were sitting at the campsite with a magnificent view across Kachemak bay with a number of glacier visible in the Kachemak Mountains, when an eagle came soaring by with his talons extended. We continued to watch the eagle for a while and then another eagle joined in for close flybys of our campsite.
The sun is setting and we are closing out the day, watching the eagle in the top of a tree just below our site.