Ever have one of those places that you enjoy so much that before you know … it becomes an annual tradition? Well, for us, that place is the Alaskan wilderness! We also have a very favorite time of year to visit too, so in mid-August, we packed up our bags, charged up our batteries, and off we went. This would now be our “home away from home” during our stay in the 49th state.
OK, so we really didn’t need a 31-foot RV, but it’s what we were able to get at the time, so we took it. Funny too, that you just end up adapting to the extra space and before you know it, it’s filled up as if it were 6-foot shorter!
Once we filled our refrigerator and cabinets with some groceries and such, we were off for the Kenai Peninsula via the Seward Highway. A favorite drive of ours, especially when we travel literally feet from Turnagain Arm – with its Cook Inlet waters, Chugach Mountains, and numerous glaciers – it always pleases.
Tidal variations are big here and if your’re lucky, you can catch the bore tide coming in or going out. We always keep a look out for the beluga whales in this area too.
Before long, our search turns out to be successful, with numerous pods of these beautiful belugas rolling by us … and this time, we got tail flukes too! I was quite excited.
The beluga whales of the Cook Inlet are a protected species and signs remind us and others of that fact and what to do should we witness any harassment which might interfere with their recovery to the area. While we’ve seen them on previous trips, we had never seen them in such quantities. If I had to guess I would say that we had seen over 50! Looks like one even tried to wave it’s fluke at us … LOL … OK, maybe I took that one too far. But either way, we were quite thrilled and I saw it as already a good sign of things to come. Definitely off to a great start!
Along the Seward Highway, you reach a fork in the road … one must continue on the Seward Highway towards Seward (but not for us on this day) or choose the other “fork” and head on the Sterling Highway towards Homer. At this junction, there’s a fascinating landscape at Tern Lake. When the weather is cooperating, we make it a point to stop there and try to capture its beauty. Earlier in the summer, the lake is full of arctic terns and other birds nesting in the grassy areas of the lake. However, this time of year, there’s not too much going on.
There was however at least one common loon swimming, diving, and flapping off far in the distance. As much as I tried, I couldn’t “wish it” to come any closer. One of these days I’ll get a loon shot worth something! LOL
There were also a pair of trumpeter swans showing off in the distance as well.
So far … so good. I’ve got a good feeling about this trip.
Next up: A stroll through autumn, as seen in North Carolina 🙂
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