Date: July 20, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Weather: mostly sunny
Temperature: start 55º
Wildlife count: Sea Otter
Year List: 260
Birds: Bald Eagle, Black-billed Magpies
It was a quiet day at work today, but on second thought – several wild things happened. I was finishing cleaning early this morning when John found me in a bit of a panic. There were 4 people at the desk, most of whom only spoke German; one woman spoke a little English. They wanted to know all about the area and what they could do. Later this afternoon, another German couple asked the same kinds of information. My German vocabulary memory was taxed to the maximum in both encounters. I guess I need to brush up on my tourist vocabulary!
I worked in the Discovery Lab in the afternoon and a couple walked in wearing binoculars and cameras, looking much like we look when we are off work. We talked a little about birds and eagles, and the Murrelet mounts and finally traveling. They said that they lived in their RV and traveled a lot in Alaska. Something clicked, and I asked them if they happened to be Mike & Terri Church, authors of an Alaskan camping book that had given us the courage to travel to Alaska in 2010 without being part of a caravan. It was them! I thanked them, sharing how much we had appreciated their book. They shared about their new book and some of their travels – it was a real treat.
We are really tired tonight – enjoyed a last happy hour with our neighbors, John and Cindy from South Carolina and then fixed dinner, grilled pork steak, sautéed garlic/onions/peppers/zucchini with fresh grated parmesan, and slaw. We have collapsed with our feet up for the evening.