Kenai/Homer weather: High 58, low 49, Mostly cloudy in the morning, but clear and sunny in the afternoon
Steps walked: Shaun - 6,968 steps, 4 floors climbed; Shannon - 5,693 steps, 3 floors climbed
Critter count: 3 eagles, multiple arctic terns (these birds have the longest migratory distance of any bird, traveling some 20,000 miles each season), 1 deer/caribou/small four-legged creature, 1 possible bear/log, 2 moose(s)
We decided to visit Homer, at the bottom of the Kenai Peninsula, first, which Sharon said was her favorite place on earth. She gave us all kinds of inside information that we put to good use on our visit to the town, including our lunch destination and shop suggestions. More on that later.
First, we stopped at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center, where we watched a surprisingly good movie on Alaskan wildlife and avoided looking at the Wall of Death that had examples of the different species of animals found in the area.
We also saw some ginormous halibut hanging up. This area is famous for its fishing, including halibut and salmon, and the silver (coho) salmon are currently running, so there are a ton of fisherdudes everywhere. On the drive, Shaun also saw a deer/caribou/small four-legged animal, and Shannon might or might not have seen a bear, which could have just as easily been a weirdly shaped log. Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?
On our way back to Kenai, Shaun managed to stop several more times for photo opportunities, even once at a turnoff that we had visited on the way to Homer (she said she was trying to get the perfect picture of the fireweed to eventually be framed and hung in the kitchen, but it's mostly because she's obsessive. BTW, fireweed is plant that is blooming all over the place here, and the locals can tell when winter is about to start based on how much of the fireweed is left to bloom). The clouds that had obscured the mountains had cleared up by then, so we were able to get some pretty great shots of Mount Redoubt and Mount Iliamna.
P.S. Shaun has decided that she wants to move out here, but this is the only place she can afford: