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Published: July 21st 2011
Heritage RV Park
Not quite as nice as our Heritage RV Resort in Orange Beach, but the view is awesome.
It was a short drive from Ninilchik to Homer, only 40 miles down the Sterling Highway. Homer is famous for many things: it is known as the "Halibut Fishing Capital of the World," it has the Salty Dawg Saloon, it was made famous in Tom Bodett’s book and radio show (you might remember him from the Motel 6 “We’ll keep the light on for you” ads) "End of the Road," it is home to the Hillstrand Brothers, Andy and Johnathan, famous co-Captains of the Deadliest Catch king crab boat – Time Bandit, and of course, The Homer Spit. The Spit, 4 ½ miles of road that ends in Kachemak Bay, is probably the exposed part of an underwater moraine for a tidewater glacier. A geologist from Soldotna dates the Spit at approximately 16,500 years old. During the 1964 earthquake, the Spit subsided 7’. The road had to be built back up so it would be passable at all times of the year.
We have another fabulous view out our front window overlooking Kachemak Bay at an RV park next to the “Fishing Hole,” a man-made lake stocked with King salmon, silvers and pinks, free fishing for anyone who has a
fishing license. The salmon that come in here have no place to spawn (but that's why they come in here), so it’s easy pickings. Tomorrow is our “easy pickings day.” Unfortunately, our little freezer is so full of halibut that there won’t be any room if we catch any salmon.
While my idea of fun is Friday’s bear-watching expedition, Jim’s idea of fun would be to go out on Time Bandit.
**A side note: you and four of your friends can have your very own experience on Time Bandit with Captain John and Captain Andy for 6 days for a mere $375,000 not counting airfare to get to Anchorage. Or you can get their book, "Time Bandit: Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World's Deadliest Jobs" to read about their experiences growing up in Homer and fishing around here. "The Spit's a good baby sitter," is how Johnathan put it.
Today, we walked the Spit, visiting the little shops along the way, popped into the Salty Dawg Saloon (too early for a drink!), bought tee-shirts and rode the hop off/hop on trolley around town. I even rode it to grocery shop later in the
Red (Sockeye) salmon
Alaska residents, like this guy, catch these by dip-netting in the Kenai River.
day. Talked to a local who had a Karelian Bear Dog. Her boyfriend was teaching the puppy named Rachmaninoff how to wade through the surf. This is a most interesting breed as it will hunt and fight any kind of animal.
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