Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Day 18: May 17th

Second day in Homer

Today was an adventure in Alaskan Culture.  In the morning, we stopped at a local bakery for breakfast and then headed over to the Pratt Museum.  The Pratt Museum highlights the cultures of Kachemak Bay, the region surrounding Homer. It includes a small marine life viewing area as well as a historic log cabin.  For lunch, we stopped and another local place which is a favorite of Susan.  The café was called Veronica’s Coffee House and they sold a variety of coffees and teas, as well as artisan soups, sandwiches, and wraps. The food and drinks were absolutely delicious!

After lunch, we headed to Kenai to visit the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church.  Susan is friends with Reverend Thomas Andrew who works at the church.  He met us at the building to explain the history of the Russian Orthodox Church and its history in Alaska specifically. 
Later that afternoon, we traveled back to Homer and walked along the spit.  The spit is area on the coast which small shops and restaurants as well as docs for fishing boats.  Fans of The Deadliest Catch found the Time Bandit, the boat from the show, in the harbor and got as close as they could for a picture.  Others wandered through gift shops and walked along the cost, enjoying the ocean air and mountain scenery.
In the evening, it was time for grilling! Tyler and our driver Gary cooked chicken, brats, and hot dogs to perfection while some walked along the beach or enjoyed the hot tub.  In the middle of dinner, a bald eagle soared past.  To our excitement, it joined four other eagles on the beach who were fighting over a dead seal.  For the remainder of the evening, everyone hung out together, appreciating the beautiful mountains, occasionally eagle, and excellent friendships that we made on the trip. 

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