Kayak time

Trip Start Jun 19, 2009
Trip End Jul 26, 2009

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Monday, July 6, 2009

We drove from Seward to Homer, across the Kenai Peninsula, in about 4 hours.  Just one gas stop.   Walked around the old Russian Orthodox Church in the village of Ninilchik.  The weather was cool and the sky mostly hazy (except in Homer when the fog rolled in).

OK, I learned to kayak today.  I think it is easier on the muscles than paddling a canoe.  I didn't fall in, and I managed to stay reasonably dry.  However, I did have to try to remember to keep my arms in the right position to keep from splashing water on myself.  Even after four hours of kayaking, this paddling motion did not become quite comfortable.

It was a different experience to see wildlife from water level than from a tour boat,  We saw 4 sea otters (one let us get quite close), at least 7 harbor seals, 3 bald eagles, and several species of sea birds.  (If that last part sounds vague, I admit I'm not nearly as good at bird identification as I am with some of the mammals.)  Most of the time, my camera was in a dry bag, so I had few opportunities to take pictures while actually kayaking. 

The motel tonight is older, but our room is spacious, more like a suite. We have two large bedrooms with a bathroom in between.  This is a nice change from our cute, but cramped, quarters the night before.

I am tired tonight, but it is a good kind of feeling.  It's only 8:30 and I will not mind turning in early. I have just uploaded quite a few pictures to catch up this blog.  Tomorrow will be a rather long drive: backtrack along the Kenai Peninsula, back through Anchorage, and then north to Talkeetna. 
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