What a day

We’ve had a bit of a rough day today so this all might sound a little woe-as-us. The rain has been pouring since the wee hours of the morning and since washing the van we found a bit of a weak spot in our deflated 35 year old door seal/weather stripping. This means we have a bit of a...

High hopes

We picked up our fish today from the processor. They have quite a neat system: you bring in what you’ve caught and they will do whatever you need done (e.g. Filet, freeze, vacuum pack, or even exchange for canned or smoked salmon). Doing this buys us a bit of time to be able to not have...

House Wash

Just got some work done in Soldotna today. We didn’t get up to too much interesting stuff. The van was overdue for a wash and with the weather cooperating lately we got a good scrub in. We lost track of time and arrived 15 minutes after the fish processing plant closed. This means our...

Goldilocks+30 bears

Up at the crack of dawn this morning and were off for what we hoped to be an amazing trip. Today we were going to go fish with the bears. I know that earlier I said that we’d leave fishing to warmer climates and the bear tours were on the pricey side but today we’re doing both. We...

All East From Here

Andrew to me: “Do you think seagulls are the Eagulls of the sea?”. Just one of those moments that makes you laugh. We said good-bye to Homer today after sleeping in this morning. We were on a trek this morning with a goal to find an Eagle to take photos of. Despite the fact that...

Date night

We spent much of the day working but as soon as the sun decided to peak its head out we bee-lined for a spot where we could enjoy the outside with a little campfire. This would be one of the first times we’ve seen sunshine without clouds in front of them. Later in the evening we took a...

End of the Road

We went to explore the rest of the peninsula today on a road which follows Kachemak Bay until it just ends. As we drove, we found the views got better the further out you got. We had three or four glaciers in sight for part of the way. As we drove we found several small communities which...

Local Amenities

It was still raining on and off as we drove into town to get some groceries and charge up the battery. It seems that Homer has everything to offer; there is amazing scenery, ample fishing, a couple grocery stores, several restaurants, cafes, pubs, a brewery, a meadery, small movie theatre,...

Tourists

Today we got some work done and then wandered around the Homer Spit grabbing lunch at the Lands End Restaurant’s – the Chart Room. Fairly tasty and reasonable value – more than we were expecting for what seems like a fairly touristy place. The weather is better than...

Slow Drive South

We left Soldotna this morning, staying in the Fred Meyers parking lot after arriving in the dark last night. They seem to really encourage overnight parking, it’s practically a campsite. We left early and made it to after a slow drive down the coast Homer. I must say, generally the pull...

Check and Check

Today’s the day – we woke up, and peaked outside, and found we were no longer in a cloud! The fog cleared and there was no rain so it was time to fly to a glacier! Today our list was going to get some attention – we are completing two things! So getting to the glacier we...

Hibernation Mode

We were trying to go on a tour today but the weather in Seward was rain for the absolute entire day. Since what we want to do is really weather dependant we are going to try again tomorrow. So, with a soggy forcast and no real plans, we pretty much went into hibernation mode after doing a...

Domestic and Wild

We left our friends this afternoon after a fantastic home-cooked lunch of halibut with a smoked salmon salad. We really have been eating very well lately. Both the food and the geniality have been truly Alaskan and absolutely phenomenal. We headed south – first reaching Anchorage. What...

Warms the Soul

This morning we woke up in a rest area. Given the number of great camping opportunities we’ve found in Alaska so far we would have liked a slightly more imaginative spot, but sometimes the sun sets before you find it. We continued on through Denali State Park, with the rain pouring the...

Chasing Mountains

We left Nenana today and are back on the road. Before leaving though, we checked out their Cultural Center on the outskirts of town. Three other tour busses had the same idea so the place was pretty jammed. It was cool though, there was some animal hides, local art and some displays of the...

Get’r Done

Today was all about getting stuff done – we had a mound of laundry to do, a ton of groceries to eat, and some van projects to work on. Since we were at a campsite laundry was not a big problem it was just plain convenient. When we’re at a campsite it also tends to mean we eat...

Alaskan-made

We continued on to Fairbanks today grabbing our necessities in town. Gas, Groceries, and some local beer. Amongst our groceries we sought out some Alaskan specialities including Caribou Steak Alaska and Polish Reindeer Sausage. On our way out of town we also found some Muskox but they...

Welcome to Alaska

This morning we woke up in a cloud at the top of the world. The border crossing that was in sight before going to sleep last night, was not even visible this morning. A bit of breakfast with our delicious blueberries and we made our way to the border. The crossing itself posed no real issue,...

Exploring Dawson

Our plan is to hit the road today but there’s a few more things going on around Dawson that we want to check out. Early this morning we did another walking tour put on by Parks Canada called ‘Strange things done under the Midnight sun’. It was really great – lots of...

Klondike Cuffs

This weekend is a really big one in Dawson – it’s Discovery Days which signifies the date of the big gold discovery here in August 1896. As part of the festivities there are lots of free programs to check out. In the afternoon we decided to stop in on a talk about herbal tea...