Our boondock site was quiet last night and we were undisturbed so we will try to use the same site for the couple of more days we will be here. There are “no camping” and “no overnight” signs all around Homer so we’re hoping we are enough out of the way that we won’t be noticed. We don’t get there until about mid-night and leave the boondock spot usually by 7:00 am. The moon last night was so intriguing we took a few snaps. Also, found that we can get PBS on our TV with the aerial from most places in Homer so we watched Nova last night.
This morning, woke to a gray day with the sun trying to break through and a temp. of 51 degrees F. Today was the day the weatherman said would be sunny and warm. Not so much with the sunny and warm part. We like being parked down by the Bay at the end of Homer Spit and find we can walk around the area and explore using this spot as our base. There were no fishermen lining the shore when we arrived but as the morning progressed the fishing groups arrived. I think the fishermen wait until the fishing boats leave the harbor. Then the waters will be undisturbed.
Today we took a cruise to Gull Island. It’s a small rocky outcropping across the Kachemak Bay and can actually be seen from the Homer, Alaska Spit and it’s considered one of the near islands of the 1200 mile long Aleutian Island chain. The birds congregate in colonies or “bird cities” all along its coast so almost the whole thing is a rookery and is especially interesting for birders. Unfortunately, the seas had swells and was choppy so it was harder for the boat captain to “park” the boat in the water off shore and hold the position while we took pictures but he tried. When we arrived the birds were flying fast in every direction and complaining loudly about four or five eagles that were harassing them. Though it was cold, windy and overcast it was still interesting. Along the way to and from the island we saw numerous coastal seals and sea otters. The sea otters put on quite a show for us and a few had babies riding on top of their bellies. I must say, they really are very cute.
Met up with some nice folks from Ohio that we met at our boondock site on the Resurrection River in Seward, Alaska. They joined us this morning in our “observation” spot at the tip of the Homer Spit. Now we are both backed up to the water and we’re watching all that is happening along the beach here. Tonight we’ll share a salad together and talk about travel. Tomorrow we’re going sightseeing together.