Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Moose Salad

During our entire stay, I kept asking if I could "bait" the Eckles backyard, so that I could see more of Maddy the Moose. While at the Alaskan Center for Wildlife studies, I found a recipe for Moose Salad. It really lists food such as cranberries, watermelon weed, and dandelions that are super scrumptious for a Moose. Very tempted to try it, but we ended up laughing more about the idea of it.

Waiting for story time

Learning about the globe

A science experiment on water cohesion

Kaelin and Maddy in circle time.

Touching the teeth of a Beaver Skull

Going for a hike down to the stream.

I got really excited when I got to see the tree mushroom things, that I had always seen in the Smurf cartoons, but had never seen naturally occurring in Texas. Look those things are real!

Maddy and Kaelin exploring the flora around the stream.

Small world, our ranger Sarah, had just moved to Homer from Melissa, TX (just north of McKinney).

Kids learning about the available fresh water in the entire world.

Cute Baby Squirrel we found on our hike

To help us learn more about the flora and fauna of the stream the kids made stream headbands complete with whales, bears and salmons.

The center was atop of a mountain and we had a great view of the Homer Spit on the way back down.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Bald Eagles

Michael did a great job capturing the majesty of this eagle.

Homer is home to and a natural sanctuary for Bald Eagles, thus hundred of America's iconic symbols can be seen flying around the area daily.

This Bald Eagles nest was in town and if you look close you can see some eaglet beaks peeking out.

Bishop Beach were a baby bear had just been spotted walking on the beach
Dandelions, tall ones were everywhere. Madelyn and Kaelin loved to pick them and blow the wispy tops off.

Sea Farer's Memorial and Star Fishs

The memorial is on the Homer Spit and is dedicated to all those who have lost their life a sea.

Maddy was just added beauty to an already picture perfect scene.

Kaelin, Koren and Madelyn....three little monkeys sitting on the wall

Kachemak Bay and if you can see in the lower right hand corner...Sea Otters!

Star Fish...huge ones

A purple star fish that matches our shirts

Madelyn was not so sure about feeling the tiny suction cups on the bottom of the star fish.

Throwing rocks, her new favorite past time.

Did you know that popping fresh sea weed pods is equivalent to popping bubble wrap?

The Homer Spit

The view from the Eckles' home... now I could get used to seeing this every morning.
Our morning routine involved at least three to four books.

Best Friends had so much fun playing together!

Homer Spit Beach

Crab pots from Deadliest Catch, Time Bandit . On T.V. I never realized how large the pots were, until I climb into one. The Time Bandit is based in Homer, but was off fishing in the Bering Sea while we were visiting. I have a whole new respect for the hard job these guys do. Suddenly the paying the high price for crab/fish is much more worth it.
Feeling a bit "Crabby"!!

Madelyn and the Gordon's fisherman who hangs out on the dock.

Salty Dog Saloon is Homer's Iconic landmark. Decades ago, it was the first light house and post office, public school, general store, lawyers office, and now a restaurant and bar.

Cook Inlet, Volcanoes and Welcome to Homer!

Beautiful Blue rivers descending from the near by melting glaciers.

This was the scene we saw for many miles along the highway...more construction!!! I get it, because of the weather, they are very limited in time to achieve all of their construction projects. One interesting feature is that most of the construction was done by women, we saw very few men working on the roads.

Double Glacier an inactive volcano on Cook Inlet.

Redoubt Glacier an active volcano on Cook Inlet

Redoubt Glacier an Active volcano--the up close shot. If you are seeing spots before your eyes, no its not you, it was the camera. Just as we stopped at the most scenic picture taking stop, the wind blew two specks of dust into the camera, resulting in black spots that were determine to take up permanent residence and mar the most breathe taking pictures. Thankfully Amy had her spare camera available for us to use to capture some amazing memories.

Iliamna Volcano an active volcano on Cook inlet

Welcome to Homer!!! Halibut Fishing Capital of the World that did not disappoint!