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Old 08-08-2012, 09:10 PM   #101
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On your way back through Anchorage I would suggest staying at the Eagle River campground. No hookups but a much nicer place to stay and only a few minutes north of Anchorage.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:18 PM   #102
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As I moved to the Lower 48 from Anchorage a few years back, I am well aware of the beauty surrounding you. I would highly encourage you, if not too far out of your way, to take the Seward Highway south out of anchorage towards Girdwood. You will find at sunset, it is arguably the most beautiful sunset you will ever experience. I whole heartily miss it there, and working on convincing DW to move back. I hope you have a blast, and feel free to PM me if you would like any advice on campgrounds and other areas that you may be heading through. (Drive through zoo in Girdwood is a blast as well)
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:48 PM   #103
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Hello from another beautiful place along the Ring of Fire! It's maddening. Just when we think we've seen the most beautiful sights possible we turn a corner and there's a place that, once again, almost defies description. We're in Homer this morning, camped in a site right at the edge of a bluff overlooking the bay and, off in the distance, Homer Spit. More info will follow when I can think of new superlatives to describe this part of the world. I can sure understand why people who used to live here miss it!

Some photos: The Kenai River at Soldatna; This volcano is one of the first of the Aleutian Islands; Fireweed. I'm going to miss seeing Fireweed everywhere; At Tern Lake, along the way from Seward to Homer; Our campsite at the top of a bluff at the edge of Homer
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:57 PM   #104
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A few more photos.

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The view out our window. I might start an album on my iPad: "Out our window."

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Another view from the same place. You can get "beauty fatigue" just opening your eyes.
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:06 PM   #105
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Your photos are so beautiful, I don't even have words. I may need to buy a few from you until I can get up there myself. The third from the last is so pretty it hurts.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:14 PM   #106
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"Homer Spit" ?? Lordy, what names
I'm curious, is the volcano still active, or are those "regular" sky clouds?
I agree with Merry about being lost for words, except to simply say "just lovely!"

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Old 08-10-2012, 03:34 PM   #107
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Wow! Wow! WOW!! Such beautiful landscape!! What an amazing trip you guys are having!!! I'm so very envious!!!! Reading your posts and seeing your pictures make me want to get up there even more! Thank you for sharing your trip with us!!!!
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:57 PM   #108
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"Homer Spit" ?? Lordy, what names
I'm curious, is the volcano still active, or are those "regular" sky clouds?
I agree with Merry about being lost for words, except to simply say "just lovely!"

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At the Info Center this morning I ID'd it as Augustine Island, and it was marked as active on their map. it's not currently erupting so those are clouds. The mountain I referred to as one of the big boys is Iliamna, if I recall the spelling right (old brain cells, new information: not an easy mix).

Homer Spit--people here actually say that with a straight face--refers to a narrow arm of land that sticks out halfway across Kachemak Bay. It's about 5 Miles long and is lined with shops and RV parks. You can see a satellite shot of it in Google Earth.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:26 PM   #109
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I love your instructions for photography at this stop. Awesome photos and an awesome place. Thanks again for sharing this journey.
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While in Seward we bought a $20 book of local coupons, the proceeds of which went to support the local teen center. We got it because we were looking for a discount on the expensive fjord cruise we took. What a bargain it turned out to be. We not only saved $32 immediately on the cruise tickets, we got a free car wash at another place, I got a free espresso, free wifi at the local senior center, 20% off admission to the Alaska Sea Life Center (a must-see in my opinion), and so on. We didn't use all the coupons so we gave the rest away on our way out of town.

There's also a Kenai visitor "passport" which has coupons for discounts at several towns on the peninsula. It was free at one of the visitors centers. When you come this way, remember to stop at visitors centers and ask if there are coupon books. Many of you more experienced RVers probably already do this, but I hadn't thought of it before.

Today we'll use one of our Homer coupons to get a break on ferry tickets to Seldovia, which can only be reached by ferry or plane--or ice road in the winter. The ferry leaves from Homer Spit (where they have an ice cream place called "Spit Lick", a name that you don't quickly forget but that can't be good for a business of that type).
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