The Kenai Peninsula Sparkles and Who Hid The Bears?

We made a trip around the Kenai Peninsula to see all the old towns, admire the views, and eventually make our way to Homer Spit & Land’s End.

Along the way, we’d hoped to see some bears in the wild. We’ve seen Moose on several occasions and plenty of Dall Sheep, but had yet to see a bear.

We also got to see a lot of bald eagles:

We made it to Homer:

And, sure enough, they had some halibut

 

And, of course, they had eagles in Homer

The views from Homer Spit of the Kachemak Bay and the mountains in the background were outstanding:

Homer Spit

Kachemak Bay

 

Made it to the end:

He's suitably impressed...

 

The World Famous Salty Dawg

 

Actually made up of three original buildings - the lighthouse, a schoolhouse, and the post office.

On the trip around to Homer, there was a lot of fog off to our right. On the way back, the fog had cleared and we were able to get these views of Cook Inlet and Mount Iliamna and Mount Redoubt volcanoes:

Off Ninilchik

 

Mt Iliamna Volcano in the middle

 

Cook Inlet

We stopped at Russian River where they said there was salmon running and bears aplenty:

Oh, Boy! Bears! Finally!

 

Pretty River - but where're the bears?

 

Lookin' for salmon

 

Oh, sure....THIS guy finds a salmon

 

Well, we struck out on bears AND salmon....but it was still a pretty walk

 

Real pretty

 

Beautiful downtown Moose Pass

 

Eagle wannabes back in Seward

 

Back at the beginning

Family headed back home on Wednesday. On the way back to Anchorage, we stopped at Kenai Fjords State Park and walked up to Exit Glacier. Got to within about 20 feet of the glacier and took a bazillion photos. Unfortunately, the digital card in my camera died this morning and I lost all the glacier photos. Luckily, Donna did a download of them before leaving so I will be able to get some back when I get home. Good thing – I did NOT want to make that walk up the mountain again!

Psst – here’s what the pictures would have looked like if I had any:

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