Sunday, June 17, 2012

A day in Seldovia

Today we took a boat ride out to Seldovia. There are no roads to this town. Like many places in Alaska it is accessible only by boat or air (sea plane).  On the way we tour by gull island to see all the birds.

an eagle spooks the birds and they take flight

Puffins nest in burrows in the grass on top

Thousands of birds nest on these islands. Puffins, murres, gulls, and kittiwakes were some we saw.
We traveled among some of the privately owned islands where people have summer homes.
Lots of sea otters were around. Mostly mother and pup pairs. One pair were sleeping side by side. As we came up mom woke up and pulled the baby onto her tummy. Sometimes the otters will roll up in kelp to keep from drifting as they sleep.

the otter at the bottom is rolling

We had from 12:30 to 3:00 to have lunch and wander around the town.  Lots of artistic looking houses and lots of chainsaw carving. They have a carving contest every Memorial Day.
William with an odd carved snail

Artsy house

Wonderful flowers

Lunch was here at the Tidepool

A new carving

William liked the whale

He also liked this weird old bear carving
We climbed up to the old Russian Orthodox church. It is not currently in use.
All too soon it was time to head back to the dock.  This is a very small town.  Many houses and a hotel are for sale and the only market we saw in town is closed.  We met a woman who was thinking of moving there because the houses were quite cheap.  You really have to consider all the costs of moving to a remote area.
After a leisurely trip back, we head over to the Salty Dawg Saloon to drink a farewell to the spit.
We have moved to a small RV park on the water in Homer, the Driftwood.  I think we can walk to a few places in town, though Homer does not have a high walkability index.  William has already taken off to go beach walking.

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