Published: July 29th 2012July 28th 2012
DAY 31: SATURDAY, JULY 28: After a few busy days we had an amazing day of just relaxing on the shores of Cook Inlet. When we woke up a few campers had left the campground which had opened up a very nice site on the beach side. It had amazing views and a nice big fire pit. So without hesitation, Aaron hooked up the camper, slides out and all and kids still sleeping in their beds, we moved a few sites over. It was a great decision because we set out our lawn chairs and there we sat, almost all day dreaming of just staying here all summer. After lunch we did get away for a couple hours and walked down to a cute little farmers market right in town. They had lots of local veggies, homemade foods, clothes and jewelry, fresh local fish and live music. It was obviously the Saturday thing to do for locals and tourists alike because it was packed. Maggie and I loved the local fireweed jelly made from the fireweed plant. After that we took a drive down to the end of Kachemak Bay. The views across the bay of giant glaciers was outstanding. Back
at the camper we grilled fresh halibut given to us by a fellow camper who had to borrow Aaron's jack to fix a trailer tire. He gave us three big halibut filets he had caught that day as a thank you. It was so delicious and everyone agreed cooked on the grill with butter and dill was just as good as deep fried. It is the most amazing whitefish, it has a real thick pure white meat with no fishy taste whatsoever. Can't wait to fish for it ourselves tomorrow and have our own supply of it shipped back home. Another fellow camper had told us there was coal laying all along the beach and if you find some and put it on your campfire it will stay hot forever. So, with bags in hand, the girls and I went down the shoreline and collected three bags full of it. Our campfire will probably burn for days and now we have a huge stash to take with us when we leave. I have to admit that combing the shores of the beach is addicting and I can see why the kids love it so much and can spend hours doing
it. While enjoying the peacefullness of the tide coming in some girls brought horses down to swim in the water. What a great after dinner show. The five of us have decided we want a summer house here in Homer and Aaron is finally going to get a pilots license and we are just going to live here every summer flying to various islands, fishing,kayaking and "bearfooting" our days away. Homer is by far our favorite place so far.
Wildlife Report: Hanna wins the prize again...she found the tiniest hermit crab ever
Funny: Brett found a GIANT peice of wood in the tide and drug it across the beach back to our campsite. He had dug a huge hole and stuck this piece of wood in it and then carved a face on it. It looked like a combination of a goose and a dinosaur. He actually wanted to pull it out and put it in the back of the truck and bring it with us. We told him he had to leave it in Homer for the next kid who camps here to enjoy.
Clarification: After rereading yesterday's blog I should clarify that while on our
Hanna trying her hand at clam digging
The shores around the Kenai Peninsula are known for their razor clams. We didn't find any but figured we are not in the right place for clamming.
amazing bear adventure the guys with us were not rangers. Our "guide" in particular happened to the owner of the business who is just a pilot and a very skilled "bear whisperer", armed with flares and a special way to talk to the bears, who loves taking people out to this awesome bay in the middle of nowhere to view bears in their natural habitat. Now, contrary to that, if you fly-in to Brooks Range on Katmai, which is about 80 miles from Hallo Bay, you are guided by rangers in the Brooks Range Park onto the falls platform to view the bears. If you ever get the chance, you MUST do it the way we did it...it's the ONLY way.
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