Blogs from Homer, Alaska, United States, North America - page 4


North America » United States » Alaska » Homer July 20th 2013

We headed into town to check out the local farmer's market. We had gone on Wednesday, but today there were four times as many vendors. Since we are from San Antonio, it's always fun to taste salsa in other parts of the country. Joe found one today that almost made him cry it was so hot. Needless to say I didn't try it. Yep, I am a woos. After the farmer's market we headed back towards the RV park where the city was having a street fair. Again, a lot of great vendors. This afternoon we took the dogs for a walk across the street to the high school football field. They were very excited to be off their leashes and running free for awhile. A quiet dinner at home and a relaxing evening ended our ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer July 19th 2013

Today we had a lazy morning and then headed out to check out a couple of the local museums. The guys fishing trip got cancelled because the seas were too rough. They will try again on Monday. We like the museums here since they have so many interactive exhibits to keep Joe busy learning. LOL.. We headed to have lunch on the spit at a place recommended by one of our RV park neighbors. The place was so crowded we ended up back at the Boardwalk Bakery. We are going to gain 10 pounds if we keep going in there, but it's so good. After dinner we took a drive up the scenic drive road. As you can see from the pictures, the views were spectacular. We can see why Jackie and her sister have fallen ... read more
Another great glacier
Big nose moose
I love these flowers - Fireweed

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer July 19th 2013

Our last full day in Seward we spent at the Ocean Sea Life Museum, and walked the bike path along the ocean. Homer is a small fascinating place, mostly known for its fishing charters, restaurants, and artists shops and galleries on "the Spit," a long narrow piece of land jutting out into the Katchemak Bay and Gulf of Alaska. We have explored both in trucks and on foot. Ron and Joe were to go halibut fishing this morning, but were cancelled due to 25 knots of wind and 7' waves. Carolyn joined Joe and Cindy at the Pratt Museum, then finding art and lunch in "old town" Homer, down by Bishop Beach. At the Museum, we met a guide who was from Portland, Maine, and had gone to college at Bowden. He then said that now ... read more
Ocean Sea Life Museum: cord made from mammal tendon
Ocean Sea Life Museum: artist's cards and complimentary jewelry
Pratt Museum: took a picture of live feed on salmon-catching bears at Katmai Park

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer July 18th 2013

After checking out the fishing status out on the Homer Spit and we headed to the Boardwalk Bakery. The bakery is owned by Jackie Johnson. Jackie is a family friend we met in San Antonio 5 years ago. Ten years ago she fell in love with Homer. Then four years ago she found the bakery for sale, so she quit her job, bought the bakery and moved to Homer. She is living out a life long dream. We all have dreams, but Jackie took the bull by the horns and made her dream happen. She stays in Homer from May to September and then comes back to Texas for the winter. She and her sister work 7 days a week getting up at 3 am to start making their wonderful goodies. I don't think I would ... read more
Jackie taking Ron's order
Inside the bakery
Jackie's view

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer July 17th 2013

Seward to Homer was the trip for the day. Again the scenery was spectacular. The guys booked their fishing trip, so now we will see how much halibut we can add to our fishing collection. We have a great ocean view from our front door. A week here will be awesome. Around 8:00 pm there were several people gathered outside obviously looking at something. It was the biggest eagle we had ever seen. Joe grabbed the camera and got some great shots. So many we had to post more than just a few pictures of him.... read more
Scenery 1
Scenery 2
Scenery 3

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer July 16th 2013

Geo: 59.6425, -151.548 We woke to a spectacular sunny morning in Homer, with a wonderful view of the snow-capped mountains across the Kachemak Bay from our motel - a perfect present on Janet's birthday. It was a far cry from how we started yesterday's ride out of Girdwood. The skies were grey and overcast when we left the Alyeska Hotel in Girdwood. We continued on Hwy 1 to the end of the Turnagain Arm, where the Portage Glacier partially showed itself from under the low clouds. Passing the turnoff to Whittier, we continued on the Seward Hwy winding west and south to the Hope Highway, where we took the 20 mile detour up to the old mining village of Hope on the south shore of the Turnagain Arm. The town is a quaint collection of homes ... read more
Portage Glacier
Main Street Hope
Along the Seward Highway

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer July 8th 2013

Wrote this 2 days ago but just getting around to posting. Sorry! I know you've been waiting with bated breath to know what we've been up to....It's 11:00 pm and really bright out, like noon time in NJ, on a sunny day. I guess that's how it's been since we got to Alaska with its 22 hours of daylight but since it's also the first day it didn't rain and the sun was out, I'm more aware of the brightness and it's harder to fall asleep. So instead I'll write an update. We started the day with a hike to the base of Exit Glacier. We were in touching distance of this glacier and once again saw both its blue majesty and its rapidly shrinking size. Signs on the hiking trail to its current base, showed ... read more
First view of Exit Glacier
Exit Glacier
What global warming has done

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer September 21st 2012

Homer and vicinity has been astounding for discovery - drives, walks, history, wildlife, and oh yes, plenty of rain. Yesterday was clouds and rain all day. There actually was sunshine most of this second morning followed by clouds this afternoon and then rain again. It was great to be out of the rain gear and boots for this one day though. I am thankful for myself and yet hope you'll join in prayer or at least send positive thoughts for all of the people throughout Alaska impacted by flooding creeks and rivers. There are a couple of closures on main highways but for the most part, it's the low lying towns and houses off the main track - so far. Today was a reprieve for many but it's unclear whether it's been enough receding of any ... read more
Sea Otter viewed from room
Storms blow in and out continuously
Rivers continue to expand

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer September 19th 2012

The SeaLife Center in Seward is extraordinary. Aside from rich informational displays about marine wildlife in Alaska and various educational movies, they have live rehabbed sea lions, birds, and right now had two rescued walrus youngsters. First some marine facts to enrich your day: · Alaska’s coastline stretches nearly 45,000 miles. It is bordered by two oceans, three seas, and the Gulf of Alaska. · Russia and Alaska are only 53 miles apart. The Bering Sea is bordered by Russia, Alaska’s mainland, the Aleutian Islands, and the Commander Islands. At the northernmost part lies the Bering Strait where Russia and Alaska almost touch. · The Bering Sea covers over 885,000 square miles – almost twice the size of Alaska · Over half the fish and shellfish caught in U.S. waters comes from the Bering Sea · ... read more
Steady stream along roadsides
SeaLife Center Seward Alaska
Beluga Whale info

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer September 3rd 2012

I can't write too much today..I am sitting next to the Library's bin as it's the only place in Skagway that offers wifi! is some pics of Homer.... Homer has a Spit.. now I did not know what that was until we drove on it.. like a little bit of land that stretches out into the Kachemak bay, it is also home to Homer harbor...and plenty of little touristy shops and restaurants. A large part of it reserved for RV's, where they can stop a night or few before travelling on. Homer is so so so pretty! It's surrounded by 5 glaciers and 3 or 4 volcanos! It really is breathtaking! We took a little boat out to Seldovia, a tiny little hidden town only accessable by seaplane or boat. About 250 people live there! ... read more
Moonrise over Homer
see some weird things...

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