Friday, June 28, 2013

Seldovia

This post is out of order! This is the post for Thursday, June 27, but since I didn't get it posted, I am not able to move it up in the order. So just remember this is for yesterday!

We woke up to really foggy skies on the day we were to take the fast ferry to Seldovia, which is a small community across Kachemak Bay from Homer. It is only accessible by ferry or plane. Earlier this month, we purchased an Alaska Toursaver coupon book and there are many 2 for 1 specials in it, including one for this ferry ride. So we all planned to go. We were going to go Wednesday, which was a beautiful, bright sunny day, but the ferry doesn't run on Tuesday and Wednesday. So we went today. Tab and Deanna decided to stay in camp and relax, so we were on our own.

The ferry ride was exceptionally smooth. On the way out of the harbor we saw either a seal or sea otter. We really don't know which one it was. There are a lot of sea otters here and we did see some in the harbor at Seldovia. We also saw seals on the buoy heading into the harbor.

The ride over was very foggy. The vessel was very comfortable with large padded seats and tables. Although people were moving about the boat, I was a bit unsteady on my feet while underway, so only stood at my seat to take pictures.

Once we arrived, we walked about town. It is an interested place and there is a museum depicting the history of the town. Until the 1964 earthquake that devastated much of southern Alaska, it was the fishing hub of the area. The earthquake devastated the town and destroyed the canneries there. The boardwalk, famous for its houses and shops, lay in ruins in the ocean. Much of the town was there as well. They rebuilt portions of the town by bulldozing a large hill and fixing a rock embankment, then built shops and houses on top. The population is about 250 now and residents there are very happy and enjoy visitors. There is water, electric, and paved roads, a police departments, and restaurants. We found the village very quaint and hospitable.

There was another Russian Orthodox church here, once again reflecting the heritage of the people from years ago.

There were a lot of eagles here as well. They perched on top of buildings and fished the waters surrounding the town.

The fog lifted some while we were in the town, but when we were ready to leave, we were once again shrouded in fog. Most of the journey back was the same. We had another enjoyable and relaxing trip back and when we arrived, we relocated to one of the city park campgrounds with Tab and Deanna.

Another enjoyable day!

Till next time. . .

Dale


2 comments:

Colleen Phipps said...

Great post. Dale, you can change the order of your posts by changing the post date and time. Just open the post to edit it and look on the right hand side where the areas to add labels and the post times are. Use the manual post button and adjust the date/time for posting so that it will appear where you want it to appear on the list of posts.

Dale said...

Thanks so much, Colleen. I didn't know that was possible. Thanks again!