The Kenai Peninsula - glaciers, fiords and more snow-capped mountains
|Boat hull reflections|
From Anchorage we managed to drive about a hundred kilometers (a big day for us!) along the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet. Yes, it’s the same Cook who found his way to Aus - that guy really got around! Apart from the spectacular scenery, the point of interest of this narrow estuary is the tidal bore that comes by twice a day with the incoming tide. Apparently it can be a wave up to 2 meters high, but unfortunately we were there on the new moon and so it was going to be no more than a ripple, so we didn’t hang about for it.
Our drive the following day took us through the quaint little town of Hope and then across more mountains with a myriad lakes. As we approached the western coast of the peninsular the weather closed in so we camped in the rain and mist on the edge of the Cook Inlet with rumors of “spectacular views” of snow-covered volcanoes across the water.
|Bald Eagle at Homer|
The morning dawned still damp and misty so we moved on down to Homer where the weather lightened up a bit and we settled into a waterside campground with wifi but no other facilities (had to walk down the beach to use the public toilets) but the views were stunning and the bald eagles provided good company.
|Million dollar view from the parking/ camping lot|
|Front steps, Seldovia|
|The gulls (and murres) of Gull Rock|
|Not sharing - Bald Eagle and Glaucous-winged Gull|
|...but it's worth a try|
Stopped for the night at Hidden Lake. It was a beautifully still evening so we took the cheese and biscuits and bottle of wine and paddled off down the lake for a few miles to dine on a little rocky islet, accompanied by a merganser and its chicks, as the light made a feeble attempt to fade (we’re still having 19 hours of daylight here).