Friday, July 20, 2012

Driving Valdez to Homer

July 13-15th- We left Valdez in a rain. It had rained most of the day before, and, to tell you the truth, it was kind-of getting to us……We were on the road bright and early, heading back over that spectacular Thompson Pass and through even more beautiful scenery.

We were taking out time driving the 500 + miles to Homer, on the Kenai Peninsula. We stopped for the first night at a campground just out of Palmer. Nothing fancy, just a big field to park in…and then a whole caravan of RVs showed up!  : (

The next day of driving took us through Anchorage and along the Turnagain Arm and some amazing mud flats at low tide. That night we spent at Hidden lakes Campground, a beautiful forest service campground near Cooper Landing and the Russian River.

Sunday, July 15th we arrived in Homer and settled into our spot at the Homer Spit Campground.


After strolling around the Homer Spit (a spit is a narrow strip of beach) which has a number of touristy shops and restaurants, we fixed a pizza for dinner in our camper and had a nice quiet evening ‘at home’.



Monday the 16th was spent doing laundry and running a few errands, and enjoying the amazing sunshine….a rarity, it seems, for this part of Alaska this summer.

We spent some time getting packed up and ready for our next big adventure……Three nights at the Halo Bay bear viewing camp on Katmai island for what we hoped would be an up close view of the great Brown bears.

In the afternoon, we dropped Jade off at the kennel, which is always difficult…….


Then had a wonderful dinner at ‘Crabbies’. It seemed like a fine way to start off on on this next ‘great adventure’…….

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