Friday 26th July 2019
We drove down to Homer hoping to escape the smoke from the wildfires attacking Alaska. The wind was kind to us for one day and kept the area clear. It sure was nice to see some blue sky.
Homer has cute tiny houses. If our camper conks out maybe we should find a spot to park it and put the bling on.
This house is sitting on a trailer bed.
These houses have their own shipping container basements.
A sea otter was hanging around the dock.
Why bother catching your own when the fisher people chuck you a nice salmon snack.
Agghh! The smoke was back. We wanted to do a hike across the bay anyway. 30 minutes on the boat got us to the drop off point.
These little water taxis are great for pulling up to just about any beach area.
A two person tram was the way to cross a pretty gnarly river.
Those are some serious knots holding the tram together.
As usual I supervised while Dean hand cranked us across the river.
Cotton plants were showing off their fluffy cuteness.
Fireweed has been the predominant flower blooming across the state. Appropriate name I guess since there are so many wildfires.
We could not really see the glacier at end of Grewingk Lake because of the smoky haze.
There were some nice looking icebergs floating about though.
Dean snagged us a mini berg.
This is the closest we got to a glacier.
We moved up to Portage and had a little hike to Portage Glacier. The rain had moved in so not much to see.
Nobody was cruising on the lake due to the weather.
This little guy stayed nice and still for close up pic.
At least we had the purple goodness.
We had planned on going up to Denali National Park and surrounding area for the next few weeks but after I checked the Park website and found the wildfires were creating smoke problems including hiding the mountain in a smoky haze we decided to forgo the trip. Our lungs were complaining quite a bit so we started heading eastwards to Canada.