Bald Eagle? Day 3
Ah… Day 3, hump day in the Alaska trip, and hump day in the week. I put off this post because I didn’t like what I had already written for it, but three days later and I can’t improve it, so it’s getting posted. Day 3 in Alaska was a more low activity day where we spent the morning in Homer, eating breakfast and walking around, before taking the long drive up to Denali National Park.
Home of the bald eagles, the reason why we were there. The Heatless Homer Hostel told us that we’d definitely see them in Homer, especially at the Spit. We ate breakfast at the Mermaid Cafe, walked along the beach, and then headed to the Spit.
It’s a cute area, except everything was closed! Everyone had packed up now that “winter” had hit and tourist season was over. We talked to more locals who told us that the eagles come later in the season. Fantastic, now we’ve learned that you need to come earlier to see the Orcas and Puffins, or come later to see the Bald Eagles. Oi.
Other sights of Homer were a random ship junkyard (where we got spooked by movement in one of the larger ones) and a lake where “bald eagles tend to nest”.
Rather than wait for the phantom eagles to show up, we decided to skip town and start our 8 hour drive to Denali National Park. FYI, I am a huge fan of taking pictures from the car.
As the sun was beginning to cast an orange-y glow on everything, we caught a glimpse of an amazing lake( yes, another amazing lake). After some turning around and detouring thanks to a confused GPS, we came across Mirror Lake.
Shortly afterwards, we passed through Wasilla where the full moon was out and pulled over at… you guessed it… Wasilla Lake for some dusk shots.
Our first Moose sighting was in the last hour of our drive to Denali National Park. We didn’t realize it later, but if we had made that last half of the drive during the day, we would have been staring right at Denali. Bummer. Anyway, back to The Moose Sighting. I was driving, and there was this large dark form on the left side of the road. Andreal yells STOP, I hit the breaks, and Alenka jolts awake. I do a U-ie on the road/highway and we track a female moose crossing with the car’s headlights. She did not seem to care that there was a car following her, or that my headlights were shining on her. FYI, those moose can be pretty slow when they want to. So, there was our first Moose sighting, and confirmation that Alaska does have wild moose.