Smythe Family On The Road travel blog

Looking down on the spit.

A plane lands on Beluga Lake.

One of the glaciers across Kachemak Bay.

Our RV is parked in the triangular campground on the right side...

You can barely see the volcano across the bay in this picture.

This is Mt. Redoubt between the two trees way off in the...

A sea planes flies over.

Mike, Mary, Jonathan, Tom and I at the Homer Welcome sign as...

Looking out over Kachemak Bay.

Kachemak Bay with the spit in the distance on the left side.

Mary, Jonathan and Mike on a bench at the Welcome area in...

Mike shows Jonathan how the camera works. I think they are taking...

Mike is showing Jonathan flyswatter he got for a retirement gift. It...

Jonathan tries it out on the beach. Every time he hits a...

Having lunch together back at the RVs before we head out for...

Another plane flies over. This turned out to be a great campsite...

Jonathan took a picture of us hooking the Yukon up before we...

The fireweed is tall and blooming all along the road now.

We pass a moose eating along the roadside. We saw a couple...

Picking our campsite was easy. When Jonathan saw this rock, it was...


Saturday, August 8, 2009.

Edgewater RV Park, Soldotna, Alaska

Homer to Soldotna

We had stayed up late last night with our campfire so we slept in this morning which was really nice. I'm sure Tom enjoyed it more than anybody since he usually has to get up so early. We knew we would be pulling out today but we hadn't made it up to the higher elevation spots in town where you can see the spit. We wanted to do that before we left so I ran over and asked Mike and Mary if they wanted to join us. We hadn't had breakfast yet but I wanted to catch them before they headed out because I we didn't know what their plans were. They were up for it so we all finished breakfast up and did a few things around our rigs to get ready then headed out.

The views were really pretty from up above. I'm glad we took the time to do it. We ran into a bunch of people at our first stop who had served in the military up here and were back to visit. Somehow the topic of conversation got to be political parties. One of the women said "We're democrats" and the jokes started. It was rather entertaining. We all had a good laugh anyway.

The next stop was one where we could see the tops of the volcanoes so that was pretty cool then we went to the pull-out that greets you when you first come into town. That view was great. A person could see the spit, Kachemak Bay and the volcanoes well from that point. There were eagles flying around the area too. We ran into a woman and group of girls who were taking their friend on a site seeing tour. They were from Ninilchik and invited us all to church tomorrow so we'll see how things work out.

We headed back to the RV. It was lunchtime so we warmed up the taco soup. Most of our dishes were in the sink because we were so close to running out of water we were saving what we had left for the really important stuff like brushing our teeth and well, you can imagine the rest. Mary offered her bowls and their picnic table so we were set. We all had lunch together and once again had a great time. We really hated the idea of having to say good bye right after meeting them but it was time to close the RV up and hit the road. We had reservations up in Soldotna and needed to be out of the campground down here by 4:00. Mike and Mary pulled out and honked before we did then we hitched the Yukon up and got on the road.

We drove for a little over an hour. We decided we would drive on through Ninilchik then drive back down tomorrow in the Yukon and see things without having to worry about where to park the RV and stuff like that. Besides, we were invited to church and we might as well go.

We got to the campground in Soldotna and got set up. There's a big rock at the back of our site so that cinched it for us. Jonathan thought that would be fun to play on so after helping set up he headed straight for it.

It wasn't too much later when we were doing the dishes we had a car pull up beside the rig and lo and behold, it was Mike and Mary! We were under the impression they were going to go beyond where we would be camped so we really didn't think we would see them again unless it was somewhere in Seward or the Wasilla/Palmer area. What a nice surprise. Turns out they're camped a mile down the road so we're all going to go to church tomorrow and spend the day in Ninilchik together.



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