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Bicycling on the Homer Spit

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

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Happy 4th of July! Jere says we need to take a photo of a bald eagle today for our blog. We see lots of eagles today, but none really close enough for a good picture. Here's the best we do:
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Today is Homer, Alaska Day for us. We have the bikes loaded on the truck and drive about 30 miles to the Homer Spit. At the outskirts of town is an overlook of the bay and the spit, but the most interesting thing to us is the volcanoe in the bay. There's smoke coming out of the top of it. We learn that it has been active for the past year or so and it's Mount Augustine. Since it's in the middle of the large bay, it doesn't pose a threat to land; however, there is a concern that the earthquakes and rock slides from it could cause a tsunami. I'm glad we're not camping on the edge of the bay and I'm starting to understand why there are campgrounds on the spit but no houses :-)
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We drive down to the start of the Homer Spit Bike Trail, unload the bikes, and take off. It's 3.5 miles to the end of the spit.
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We take our time biking to the end, where we have lunch on the patio of a restaurant. Homer is famous for halibut fishing so we have halibut for lunch and watch the fisherman on the shore, who appear to be catching flounders. The day is overcast so the view isn't perfect, but we enjoy the fresh air and mountains/glaciers across the bay.
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After lunch we walk along the pebbled beach for about an hour, looking at the scenery, rocks, and birds, including an eagle perched on top of a condo. We bike & walk around town a little before biking back to the truck. The lupines along the bike trail are in full bloom and really pretty.
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We stop at the National Wildlife & Refuge Visitor Center in Homer before heading home. Interesting museum and movie. We see more sand hill cranes in the pond below the visitors center. I am still fascinated by how large these birds are.

On the way home we see yet another moose. This one eating grass alongside the road.
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After we get back, Jere and I take a walk down to the Ninilchik Beach to look for eagles. We see several of them, but none get very close to us. By the time we get back to the trailer it's starting to sprinkle rain again. At least most of the day was rain-free.

Posted by jengelman 13:11 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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