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North America » United States » Alaska » Homer August 19th 2018

Seward, AK. It's still raining. From Homer took a boat ride to Solvania, think Catalina (as someplace to go) and very rustic (swimming loses it appeal at 59 degrees). Off to Seward, the town was wiped out in a 1964 tusanmi caused by a 9.2 earthquake, so they moved the business district to higher ground and used the waterfront for an RV park (how's that for prioritization?) The Alaska Sealife Center is Alaska's premier aquarium. Long Beach's aquarium is well known here and they have exchanged seals (to broaden the gene pool). We took a puffin experience - yes it is a live and well behaved puffin in the picture (as long as the presenter kept feeding it fish). The presenters pressed on how changes in climate have been effecting the relocation of birds, fishes and ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Homer August 5th 2018

We're in Homer, Alaska, one of my favorite places in the world. You drive down to the end of the Kenai Peninsula, down to the end of the spit, and are surrounded by water and snow covered mountains, THREE of which are active volcanoes. Everywhere you look are water, rock, and snow. After days and days of cold drizzle, we had beautiful weather for a flight in a float plane from Homer to Katmai National Park. Our flight took us to Brooks Falls, where we spent four hours walking along trails where grizzly (brown) bears live. There are no fences and few protections for people, but the park has never had a serious incident. There are walkways, a bridge and two viewing platforms, so that you can be close to the bears. As the ranger told ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Homer July 13th 2017

Bonjour à tous, Depuis mon départ de Québec, je suis à un peu plus de 11 000km de conduite. Cette journée "farniente" est la bienvenue, surtout dans les conditions où nous sommes installés. En distance je ne suis pas sur d'avoir atteint la moitié de mon voyage. Quand je réfléchi, à ce que je viens de vivre, de voir, depuis principalement, ces 3 dernières semaines, je me dis que la barre est assez haute, surtout en envisageant mon éventuel projet pour 2018, qui est de faire l'Europe du Nord. Les fjords de Norvège, Suède, Finlande. Vais je retrouver d'aussi beaux décors ?. En positivant, ils seront différents. Comme notre souper barbecue d'hier au soir nous a bien plu, des hamburgers, nous décidons de recommencer ce soir mais avec du poisson. Hier matin en ballade nous avions ... read more
typique Alaskan
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là aussi la devanture

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer July 12th 2017

Bonjour à tous, Toujours dans le Kenai Peninsula. Etant en Alaska, Pier tenait absolument à manger du King Crabe d'Alaska frais, malheureusement ce n'est pas la période, mais le congelé nous a quand même ravi les papilles. Je reste convaincu que celui que je mange à Québec, préparé par ses soins est largement aussi bon, voir supérieur. Il a même tenu à m'invité, et je l'en remercie encore. Par contre le décor, ici dans la baie de Seward, est dur à battre. Surtout que le ciel c'est totalement dégagé vers 20h, et la luminosité sur les glaciers et le Pacifique était exceptionnelle. Avant de rejoindre la chambre, j'ai fait quelques photos sur lesquelles je vais indiquer l'heure de la prise de vue. Ce qui vous donnera une idée de la clarté à une heure avancée de ... read more
la vue du resto 21h
cimetiere Orthodoxe
le King crabe

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer July 12th 2017

Bonjour à tous, L'hôtel où nous étions hier hier au soir à Homer, très typique de l'extérieur, mais les chambres, à peu près de la taille de la cabine de bateau que nous avions eu. Lits superposés, de peur que Pier "n'étouffe", je me suis glissé dans la couchette supérieure, une fois allongé je ne sais si il me restait plus de 5cm entre le front et le plafond. Je l'ai apparenté à un cercueil. Comme c'était calme, et qu'il n'y avait qu'une petite lucarne,(peu de jour) j'ai assez bien dormi. Je n'ai entendu que la pluie vers 4h du matin. A 8h le ciel est toujours couvert, et malgré cette chambre exigue nous décidons de rester, une nuit de plus Mais la chambre est réservée pour ce soir, la patronne nous en trouve une autre, ... read more
quand pensez vous ????
2 pics au milieu d'un glacier
le boardwalk Homer

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer June 21st 2017

Kinda dreary day. Not complaining as it's our 1st one . So we day decided to get haircuts. Finally!! We both needed it so bad. Checked out the Farmers market. Pretty cool. Sat at the Harbor for awhile. Had dinner at Cups Cafe. Amazing food. Tried the Bear Creek Chardonnay (made in Homer). It was great. Always best to get suggestions/recommendations from locals. Stopped at Grace Ridge Brewery for 1. Met some friendly folks from Michigan.... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer June 20th 2017

Got up at 4 to catch our plane to Katmai. In the air by 7 landed at Katmai by 8. Spent 4 hours walking the tidal flats and tall grass thru creeks in what Timothy Treadwell called the grizzly maze. He actually met his demise about 20 miles from where we were. Katmai did not let me down! Saw so many bears. Mating, grazing and just being bear. Incredible time. Excelent videos I'll share when downloaded. Flew over the end of the Kenai range to where it is believed Bigfoot is. Most of the village located there left because of the amount of people killed by Bigfoot. Had delicious halibut fish and chips on the spit for supper. What an awesome day 😅😆. I'm in heaven. ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Homer June 19th 2017

Checked out of one place and into another on Kachemak bay. This is the place I've been looking forward to the whole trip and it didn't disappoint. The Puffin Yurt!! Spent the afternoon settling in and making reservations for the rest of our time in Homer. Tomorrow we are doing another bear sightseeing and Wed halibut fishing. So much to do - glad we got the extra days. Grilling out tonight with a bottle of wine. The beer has been good but I sure miss my Gull Dam brewery beer. Rainy is really loving the traveling life getting to be a pro at it. Can't imagine the trip without here. The owner of the place we are staying now turned us on to some good eating, etc. Can't wait until tomorrow.... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Homer June 18th 2017

Another gorgeous day in Homer! We have had excellent weather​ the entire trip. Average temp has been 58-62. Perfect! Hung out at the harbor for a couple of hours. So relaxing to watch the many ships and boats . I thought our next stop was Kenai (Kenai Peninsula Suites). When verfiing reservations today I discovered that is also in Homer! We are ecstatic to have 3 more nights in Homer. Love it here. ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Homer June 17th 2017

Had another excellent day in Homer. Hung around the cabin till early afternoon then went to the Spot to get more cinnamon rolls on the board walk. Checked out some more on the town. Went to Bishops bay to let Rainy check out the ocean. She LOVES it. Ran around and had a great time. Great to see. Checked out a couple of breweries then grilled supper. Grossed Mike out by eating a plate of oysters at the Homer Brewery.... read more
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