The Homer Boat Harbor photographed on Aug. 8, 2020. (Emily Mesner / ADN)

HOMER — Heavy rain that soaked the Kenai Peninsula Saturday let up just in time for sunset on the Homer Spit. Clouds with the occasional drizzle softened the sunlight, spreading pink, gold and blue hues across the sky. Noise from gathering seagulls filled the air at the Homer Boat Harbor, visited by a lone seal and a handful of people loading and offloading fishing gear.

Although the clouds cleared and exposed Mount Redoubt, while the sun brightened roadside fireweed, signs of the times were sprinkled in everyday life.

A woman takes one last look at Mount Redoubt before walking back to her vehicle at a pullout along the Sterling Highway, near Ninilchik, on Aug. 9, 2020. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
Large patches of fireweed grows along the Sterling Highway, near Anchor Point, photographed on Aug. 9, 2020. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
A seal swims in the Homer Boat Harbor on Aug. 8, 2020. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
Droplets of rain land on water in the Homer Boat Harbor on Aug. 8, 2020. (Emily Mesner / ADN)

In Homer, used face masks, forgotten and littered, found solace in the grass as an electronic construction sign flashed reminders to passing cars of social distancing. Just north along the highway, a white “R.I.P.” sign tacked to the corner of a large Gary Knopp campaign sign reflected brightly in the sun.

A ’Rest in Peace ’ sign was added to a Gary Knopp campaign sign along the Sterling Highway, photographed on Aug. 9, 2020. Knopp, a state representative, was killed in a midair plane crash above Soldotna on July 31. He was a candidate in this year’s Republican primary for House District 30. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
A coronavirus-related sign posted on the side of the Homer Spit Road on Aug. 8, 2020. (Emily Mesner / ADN)

Still, daily life carried on. Kids eagerly popped bubbles and missed the occasional few that, carried by the wind, floated across the road and into the harbor. People fished, walked the beaches and posed for photos in the mermaid cutout next to Homer Liquor and Wine.

Steve Fuson stood in the sun, facemask dangling from his wrist, waiting for customers to enter the store. He shook his head and stated that business in August has been slow.

Employee Steve Fuson stands on the boardwalk outside Homer Liquor and Wine, on the Homer Spit, as he waits for customers on Aug. 8, 2020. Fuson, shaking his head, said business has been really slow in August. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
A girl carries her folding chair as she follows her family to their next fishing spot on the beach at the end of the Homer Spit on Aug. 8, 2020. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
The wind carries bubbles east into the Homer Boat Harbor on Aug. 8, 2020. (Emily Mesner / ADN)

On Sunday afternoon, women gathered next to the Homer Skate Park and attended a Homer Dog Trainers lesson outside while boys skated up and over the ramps in the park.

By late evening people were still out fishing the Kenai River as rain returned. Thunder and lightning closed out the weekend, shaking Anchorage late Sunday night.

Ethan Carroll skates in the Homer Skateboard Park on Aug. 9, 2020. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
Abigail Schneiders, right, flies a kite as she sits with Donna Schneiders, left, and their dog, Elka, on a beach along the Homer Spit on Aug. 8, 2020. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
Sandhill cranes wander into the front yard of a home on W. Bayview Avenue in Homer on Aug. 8, 2020. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
People camp as tents line the beach on the Homer Spit on Aug. 8, 2020. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
A man fishes on the beach at the end of the Homer Spit on Aug. 8, 2020. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
A boat is reflected in the water as fireweed grows along the slope across from the Homer Boat Harbor on Aug. 8, 2020. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
A couple walks on the sidewalk next to the Homer Boat Harbor on Aug. 8, 2020. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
Sunlight casts shadows on layers of mountains along the Seward Highway on Aug. 9, 2020. (Emily Mesner / ADN)

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