August 10, 2008

It rained all the way to Anchorage, and after hearing that the weather was better farther south, we continued on as far as Cooper Landing. Here we got a motel room, did laundry  dried out our gear and reorganized the FJ and sure enough the next day dawned mostly sunny. We continued on down the Cook Inlet to the little town of Homer. Homer is a very unusual combination of tourists, fishermen and hippies. The weather is reported to be the best in Alaska, it has lots of great restaraunts and is the jumping off place for many who wish to head to more remote areas of the Alaskan coast. In this area the mountains and glaciers meet the ocean in a way that reminds me much of Ushuaia, but much prettier.


This is where Tim and I go our separate ways for 6 days. Tim has no itinerary, I have just boarded the “Tustamena”, an old ferry that runs to Kodiak Island and then beyond to the far reaches of the Aleutian chain. This leg of my trip is a 13 hour ferry ride, which departs at 10:30pm and arrives at 11:30am in Kodiak. I will then take a bush plane to where the refurbished tugboat “Waters” is anchored near Katmai National Park. The Waters will be my home over the next four days. As we pull out of the terminal, the sun is just setting on Kechamak bay. Since cabins are limited and I booked this leg of the trip quite late, I am now camped out ion the floor of the ‘solarium’ with my sleeping bag and thermarest, my camera bag as a pillow. This solarium is a partially enclosed part of the top deck of the ship and is equipped with radiant heaters and has large glass windows. I am one of perhaps 6 people to be camped out here. Time to grab my camera and take some sunset shots as we depart….


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