Whittier from the ferry. Note the tall building...
A couple of hundred people live in Whittier. All in this building, which also houses the post office, city government offices, a restaurant and small grocery store.
He was just sitting there watching the enormous bonfire.
Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel. The only way out.
Whitter is unique. It was founded during World War II by the Army because the port was ice-free and relatively close to the Alaska Railroad. Relatively close once they drilled a 2.5 mile tunnel through a mountain. Until recently, the tunnel was the longest highway tunnel in North America. Now it has to settle for being the longest combined rail-highway tunnel in North America.
Sometime after the war the town outlived its military usefulness. People stayed on, however. It wasn't until 2000 that the tunnel was improved so that it could hand vehicular traffic. There is still just one lane. Cars and trucks take turns going in each direction as do the trains. Cruise ships have recently started coming to Whittier, so small shops, much like those on the Homer Spit, have begun to open.
I intended to walk around and take pictures after I got off the ferry but a) although small, Whittier isn't a very walking friendly sort of place and b) I was totally burnt out on the vacation.
Speaking of Homer, the city has asked the state to install the city's first traffic light.