We drove south from Anchorage along the Turnagain Arm and spent two days in Kenai. The second evening was clear, so we could see the eruption of the Mount Redoubt volcano, thirty miles to the west on the other side of the Cook Inlet. Luckily, the ash plume was blowing south and so not affecting the Anchorage airport.
Homer, at the southwest tip of the Kenai Peninsula, is an art colony in the summer, as well as a popular fishing spot. We hired a water taxi from Homer Spit to photograph sea otters and seabirds. The tidal variation here is about 25 feet; hence the tall pilings on the docks. The cones on top of the pilings are to prevent bald eagles from perching on them.
Exit Glacier, near Seward, is rapidly retreating. You can walk right up to the toe of the glacier, at least if you do not mind fording the outflow streams.
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