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We left Homer bound for Denali after a short stop in Anchorage. We had gone a charter fishing trip and caught some halibut. At the Anchorage airport there is a freezer locker where you can store your fish, for a fee.

We stopped a few times to take in the sights. At once place, numerous people were dip netting for hooligan or smelt. We’d never seen that before. Most of the people were waiting for the tide to turn and were spread out on the rocks anticipating that the fish would soon arrive. We also stopped at Tern Lake and Potter Marsh where we saw courting Mew Gulls and Arctic Terns. Arctic Terns migrate between Antarctica and the Arctic, a distance of about 12,000 miles, twice a year!

Five of us and our dogs had another nice outing on Lopez Island. The weather was perfect for strolling along the bluff and clambering on rocks to watch the sea life. We like to watch the seals like visitors to our valley like to watch the deer.

The next day was a little more laid back. Don and Mary flew a kite while Molly tried to catch it. We all went for a walk on the south end of the island and enjoyed long views and watched birds and seals. Back at camp our friend Kim arrived with her boat and we had a lovely afternoon paddle before dinner.

A few birds from the beach. We also saw Marbled Godwits, Bald Eagles and a Peregrine Falcon that dived on a flock of peeps.

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