We weren't quite done in Homer, one more stop before we left, at the Alaska Islands & Oceans Visitor Center. Just an entirely different perspective from the usual Alaska natural science museum. This one concentrates on the Aluetians, what happened with the early fur traders, then in World War II and how they are still recovering and being analyzed to help us better understand this very delicate eco system. One of Tom's friends. Dick Hudson, served on one of the islands, so I understood there was some conflict, but I really didn't appreciate the scale of the fighting that happened here.
Tried to stop by Two Sisters bakery on the way out of town, swamped with people. Darn. No coffee and pastry to help sustain us on our drive north.
We really spent the rest of the day driving. Had planned to lunch in Soldotna, but some how got out of town with out finding a place we could pull in before we're had already past it.... and we dislike turning around and going back! "Surely we will find something up ahead" ....we finally stopped at 2 p.m. in a pull out and munched on cold cuts, cheese and crackers. Which was just enough to get us to our overnight stop at Cooper Landing. (Which just happens to be on Bean Creek Dr. Thought Jeanie would enjoy this!)
I picked this stop because it is one of five locations in Alaska with a Princess Cruise Lodge, and this particular one had an attached RV park. So just a really nice last night. Cindy and I got to shower, do a little gift shop shopping, and enjoy dinner on their deck overlooking the Kenai river! Cindy hosted dinner for Tom and I; and our final dinner out was fish and chips, (just one more time!) with a nice glass of chardonnay!
We cant believe that this is the"end of the road" for Cindy... she has been with us 3 weeks, but we felt like it went by so fast!! And we were spoiled with an extra pair of hands, not only on the RV, but with Auggie. She always made sure he was walked every morning, gas stop, lunch stop, grocery stop, and evening stop; plus he got to sleep with her!Read more