Date: July 4, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Weather: mostly cloudy
Temperature: start 51º
Wildlife count: Moose calf
Year List: 257
Birds: Swainson’s Thrush, Sandhill Crane, Bald Eagle, Northwestern Crows, Common Raven, Song Sparrow
It was an extremely busy (500+) and interesting day. We talked to a LOT of people. The most interesting for me was when I was sharing with some folks who were interested in birding, and I stopped a moment to cash out a lady making a purchase. She really looked familiar. After completing the conversation with the birders, I asked the lady if she was from Illinois. She reminded me so much of one of our school superintendent’s wives. But no, she was from Texas now, and lived for 18 years in Missouri. As we talked, turns out that she just retired from the presidency of the UM university in Fayette, MO, and had addressed Annual Conference many times. We had never met, but certainly had a connection. It was truly serendipitous to have been in the same room at least a dozen times, and to meet her here in Alaska. God surely brings surprises!
As soon as we could close the doors and empty the Visitor’s Center, we came home, changed clothes and made pulled pork/sweet pepper/cheese quesadillas. Then we walked back uptown for the 4th of July parade, which was really cute. The theme was Honor the past, Strengthen the Future, and the floats were well done, but we think our float won. It was in 3 parts – an honor guard with a banner showing the Battle of Attu, then a jeep with Ithaca dressed in her grandmother’s army nurse uniform, and finally, the part we worked on, a flatbed truck with the replica of one of our NWR islands with birds in flight overhead. It was lots of fun.