Blogs from Homer, Alaska, United States, North America - page 5


North America » United States » Alaska » Homer August 1st 2012

As I mentioned we went to Homer yesterday and to the Homer Spit. As I said, the spit is a narrow piece of land extending into Kachemak Bay. All along the road that goes down the middle of the spit are restaurants, fishing charter businesses and little shops. The large docks are also there. I am attaching a picture of the fishing boats at the dock. In the background of the picture, the town of Homer is located on the bluff overlooking the spit. Whenever we mentioned to anyone that we were going to Homer, they said that we had to go inside the Salty Dawg Saloon. This is a very small building. So, we went inside and there are dollar bills attached everywhere, ceiling, walls, etc. All of the dollar bills are signed by the ... read more
Jim at the Salty Dawg Saloon
Fishing Boats at Homer Spit
Carolyn at Seafarer's Memorial

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer July 31st 2012

The end of the road. We went to Homer Alaska today which is at the end of the Sterling Hwy. on the Kenai Pennisula. This is about 80 miles from where we are in Kenai. Homer is the Halibut Fishiing Capital of the World. At the end of the road in Homer, there is a narrow piece of land called a spit that extends about 2 1/2 miles into Kachemak Bay of Cook Inlet. The spit has a road running through it with widths of the spit being approx. 50 ft. to maybe 500 ft. The harbor of Homer is at the spit. I imagine the main industry there is fishing. Big ferries come in there and also big commercial boats come in there. On the road to Homer, we stopped at Anchor Point. It is ... read more
Log skidder pulling boat
Kachemak Bay of Cook Inlet

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer September 30th 2011

Talk about a rest day. Dan and I got up at about 8 am and got to the free continental breakfast before it closed but then we were back in bed, me watching a movie and Dan catching up on some sleep. That saw us through till lunch at which time we decided to see what we could find off the resort. This lead us to the Salty Dawg. Unfortunately, they didn’t serve food (unless you count microwave hot dogs and potato chips food. We did not. So we went next door to the Asian-American place before headed into town to see what was there. First though we went looking for the Time Bandit from the TV show Deadliest Catch. We found it, and we saw a couple of crew members. Dan got them on video. ... read more
Dan and Time Bandit

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer September 29th 2011

We got right up to a glacier. Wow! It was amazing. When we got up in the morning we decided that the only thing Seward had left that we couldn’t leave without seeing was a glacier up close and personal. Exit Glacier was the place to do it. The park turn-off was just a couple of miles down the road. We then drove 20 minutes through mountain passes to get to the parking area. You could see the glacier getting bigger and bigger as we drove closer and closer. Hard to believe we still had another 20 minute hike to get to the base of the glacier. There were three groups of kids on a field trip being lead around by rangers. Along the road leading into the parking area and along the hiking trail there ... read more
D & D at Exit Glacier
Exit Glacier 2
Danielle at Exit Glacier

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer September 15th 2011

We left Denali on Thursday morning to drive to Talkeetna where we stopped the night in an Alaska State Park. It started raining again while we were walking around Talkeetna and it rained all night and into the next morning and the rain stayed with us until we got into Anchorage. The sky started to clear and we stopped for lunch in the first view-point south of Anchorage and there was Mount McKinley. The remainder of our trip to Soldotna was wonderful, clear blue skies through some great scenery. We planned to stay in the Fred Meyer store parking lot in Soldotna. The store generously provides proper parking spaces for RVs as well as a dump station and potable water. We took the opportunity to drive to Kenai and visit the Moose Lodge that we had ... read more
Salmon Roe

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer September 10th 2011

Huffin’ and Puffin’ in Homer John got adventurous and had the Dutch Breakfast, eggs sunny side up over Gouda cheese, a slice of ham and a thick slice of toast, but sausage and hashed browns were added to that. Sharon had French toast. We disembarked in Homer at 9:45AM, assembled ashore, and later walked to the pier where our boat The Discovery was berthed. All other tours were bussed by school busses. And then we saw “the ramp” down to the tour boat. We had received a letter with pictures warning people about the ramp so they could cancel the tour if they didn’t think they could navigate it. But they didn’t do what we saw justice. The ramp was a steep iron mesh walkway, with the right side with triangular bars added to prevent slipping. ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer July 26th 2011

July 23-24, 2011 ANCHORAGE, AK Our first night in Anchorage after we all got settled, a bus picked us up and took us to dinner at the Sourdough Mining Company Restaurant which is a replica of an old mill house. Here we were treated to a delicious dinner which included Sourdough Corn rolls, Fries, BBQ Baby Ribs, BBQ chicken, Baked Salmon and soft ice-cream for dessert. Following dinner we were entertained by Dusty Sourdough in the tent city theater. Dusty, who used to sing with Glen Campbell, took us back to the gold rush days with song, storytelling and humor. It was here we also visited the chocolate factory. Next morning found us in the Emergency room of Providence Hospital to see a doctor about a medical problem. This beautiful hospital is part of the University ... read more
2011-07-26 HOMER, AK 009

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer July 24th 2011

We left Whitehorse early and after stopping at the rapids below the lake I got an extreme case of drowsiness and told the others to drive on while I napped and that I would catch up with them later. I drove on til I was 60 miles from Dawson City where I parked at a place called Gravel Lake for the night and donated blood to the local mosquito population. Next morning it took an hour to drive to Dawson City where I drove around, did some shopping, took some pictures and then rode the free ferry accros the Yukon River to the provincial park where I had a nice campsite right on the river. Just downstream from the campground was a sternwheeler graveyard where three large boats were rotting away in the underbrush. It turns ... read more
Sternwheeler Graveyard.

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer July 20th 2011

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 ... read more
The Fishing Hole
Red (Sockeye) salmon

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer July 15th 2011

Day 10-Friday, July 15, 2011 We decided to go to the Russian Village in Anchor Point and then go north to Nikiski and then up to Captain Cook State Park. The Russian village was not much. We drove north to Kenai and tried unsuccessfully to secure an RV site. Drove to west entrance of Skilak Lake Loop and stayed at Upper Skilak State Campgrounds. It was a great place to camp but we had a rather loud family next to us. ... read more

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