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Trella Hemmerly – 1989-07-05

Wednesday, July 5, 1989
to Homer. Misting rain 50s
Bath, breakfast, packing. Moose cow and two calves along freeway on way to Costco to drop off film. Bought Twix, $9.50 film $16 slide film $16.
11:45 a.m. on Seward Highway S. Temperature 57 can’t see across mileage 31107.
12:30 p.m. Girdwood- clouds lifting- views of plumy flowers, mimulus and ferns. Fjord like views. Spruce budworm damage.
12:40 p.m. End of Turnagain Arm. Swinging back west after crossing marsh and tsunami area. Can see our road across end of arm.
12:44 p.m. Headed Inland- poppies orange and yellow.
12:50 p.m. Turnagain Pass (160). Homer is 160 miles. Blue skies.
1:00 p.m. Road to Hope (173). Pictures.
1:14 p.m. Sunny- sharp ridges- green mountains! Cirques. Sharp edges.
1:24 p.m. Summit Lake Avalanche area
1:30 p.m. Junction to Homer 132 miles. Fern Lake gorgeous.
1:40 p.m. Kenai Lake in aqua. Kathi pictures.
Lunch Quartz Creek Recreation Area. Junco, Lupine seeds
Leaving 2:15
2:30 p.m. Cooper Creek Campground not attractive on left- right it’s along Kenai River.
2:50 p.m. Vivarin forest & Black Spruce area, lupines carpet roadside clearing. Lupine stop 3:03 to 3:20. Moose River Combat Fishing. Pictures
3:37 p.m. Soldotna Visitor Center. Back to Chris’s Soldatna Travel. Prudhoe Bay trip- one day $1,400.
leaving 4:15
4:43 p.m. View Cook Inlet to Mt. Redoubt- Ileamna- in the fog layers. Sled dog puppies for sale.
4:54 p.m. Ninilechu- view of Deep Creek Recreation Area at beach- fields of cow parsnip.
5:11 p.m. Anchor Point furthest west road in U.S..
5:27 p.m. pictures Cotton Grass- view across Cook Inlet.
5:42 p.m. Homer
Trip back fantastic. came close to Gull Island covered with birds cormorants, Kitty wakes, murrens, gulls and puffins. Puffins in water all around us. When an eagle flew over island, thousands of birds took off. Seals on rocks. All this from about 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. trying to shoot pictures. Kathi standing outside with video and no way to hang on. I hung on holding inside rafter- waves over the cabin, but sea not really rough. Jill said it was perfect weather. The dark stairway was much steeper to climb than when we went down to boat. Glad for cleats on it. Don and Jill invited us to their house out East End road, turned up the hill. Glorious view, huge mowed yard, fenced for dogs. Impressive. Showed us salmon in their freezer. Back to Land’s End about 12:30. still light of course. Land’s End Resort covers end of spit. All rooms facing Kachemak Bay and mountains across $100 for suite. Met Jill and Don Blackwell at omer.. hear about 6:30. across Bay to halibut Cove in their 20-foot boat. both so pleasant. dinner at the salty unusual and done insisted on paying. walked around Logan Lagoon and met in habitants. Trillium zone.