Date: July 15, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Weather: hazy sunshine
Temperature: start 52º
Wildlife count: Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, Sea Stars, Calcareous Worms, Sea Urchins, various Anemones
Year List: 260
Birds: Herring Gulls, Bald Eagle, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Glaucous Gulls, Glaucous-winged Gulls, Common Loon, Black-legged Kittiwake & chicks, White-winged Scoters, Sandhill Cranes, Black-billed Magpies
We picked up the gals after breakfast and went to Bishop’s beach to hunt for rocks. It was a lovely morning with no wind. What amazing weather we have had while the gals are here! Everyone rocked till their heart was content. We saw some interesting birds, got out the scope, and had fun birding pelagic birds. Lunch was sitting outdoors at Maura’s, with delicious sandwiches (the Lusty Busty – chicken), and Tomato-Basil soup.
Our afternoon was a ride out to the end of East End Road with lots of stops for photos along the way – the fireweed is blooming and beautiful, and the glaciers glistened in the sunshine. With binoculars from the East End vantage points, we were able to study lots of the parts of the glacier.
Everyone was tired, from all of the fresh air, so we took the girls back to the hotel and we came home to sit in the sunshine and drink in the beauty. What a delightful afternoon and view.
Dinner was at Captain Patties. We arrived just in time and got a table, while those who came in afterwards had two hour wait times. Pattie’s is one of our favorite restaurants here – the food is terrific, and it is our first time to eat here this year. Our menu included grilled shrimp, Melita had a steak and John and I split seafood fettuccini – everything was delicious!
One of the activities we had not yet enjoyed was a ‘creatures of the dock tour,’ so we conducted one for the gals. We saw sea stars, anemones of different varieties, several kinds of sea urchins and calcareous worms. We walked around the harbor until we were cold, with the biting wind, and then drove to the other side to see the Tiĝlax in port. It was a beautiful day again in Homer – the gals have had sunny and warm days since they arrived – they don’t believe us that it is cold in Homer in the summer. What a perfect time for perfect weather!