Day 41, 7/9/15, Thursday
Weather: Sunny all day, temperatures were in the low 70s.
Early this morning, Paul decided to go down to the beach to see how many surf fishermen would be there bringing in the catch. To his surprise no one was fishing. What a big difference from back home. Gail’s early morning walk on the beach would find fishermen nine days out of ten surf fishing.
Before leaving the camp site, Paul decided it was time to do some service on the motorhome. Just before we left home for this vacation, he had checked all six tires to be sure they had the recommended air pressure. We had brought a portable compressor as part of the maintenance supplies. When this was completed, the slide-out mechanism was lubricated to be sure it continued to work smoothly.
With the above completed, we drove to the Alaska ferry terminal that was near the campgrounds. We met with the agent and made arrangements for our trip back to “the lower 48” in September. We will take a ferry out of Skagway to Prince Rupert, along the southeast panhandle of Alaska. With stops, this will take a week. These areas are only accessible by boat, so we are booked to follow a route similar to cruise ships but on a smaller boat. This boat will follow the coast more closely and we will get to see places such as Sitka, Juneau, and Ketchikan. If there is a cancelation we will take the ferry from Whittier, which is where Beth, Billy and Ryan cruised from on their Alaska trip. We also checked the information and schedule for a multi-day ferry trip out the Aleutian Islands to Dutch Harbor, the western terminus of the Marine Highway (aka state ferry). On checking the reservation, we noticed that one segment, being the departure from Juneau, was missing so when the office reopened we returned and they fixed it. Being stranded in Juneau with a 25’ RV would not have been pretty!
From the ferry terminal we drove back on the Homer Spit to a new campground that was better situated for surf fishing (N 59° 36’ 31” W 151° 26’ 09”, elevation 52 ft.). We decided to walk to the fishing supply store to purchase the necessary bait and lures as well as the state required fishing license. Salmon fishing will be the order of the day tomorrow. Later in the afternoon, Paul rigged the fishing rods for tomorrow’s use.
G & P