We got up early this morning to head to Homer. It was a great morning with temps in 40's. The first stop was at Safeway to stock up on supplies before our stay on the spit. We want to stay in the city campground. We thought we needed to get there early to assure getting a place. This proved not to be true. Although we have no site services we only pay $15 dollars a night. The park right next door is lovely with services but want $80 a night to camp.
The first top was for an over look across Cook Inlet at Mt Redoubt. Redoubt is actually and active volcano. It erupted as late as 1989 and is 10195 feet tall. Just to the left is Mt ILiamna which is also a volcano but has not erupted in the recent past. Because of clouds we were not able to get a clear look at it.
At homer we filled with water and then parked right on the water. For those who have been here, we are right next to the Fishing Hole. It is a bowl where people stand on the shore and fish for salmon. We have watched them catch Kings and Reds. You can see the fish swimming in this pool. The fish taken were at least 36" long, very impressive. Usually took several minutes for them to be landed. Many people would hook one but it would get away.
On a bike ride through the spit we came across a trophy Halibut that had just been taken. It was 227 pounds. I hope this person was registered in the derby which could pay up to $1000 if it turns out to be the largest for the month. People have told us that these large fish are not good eating however. The better eating are the ones less than 30 pounds. By the way we have found Halibut to be very tasty. I will not be going fishing however.
We have not been disappointed with seeing eagles here. They seem to be all over the place. Tomorrow we will walk by the Eagle lady's place. We under stand she does not feed the eagles this time of the year.