Anchorage to Homer

Trip Start May 25, 2008
Trip End Aug 03, 2008

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Ocean View RV Park

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Today marks the halfway point on our trip. 35 days in and it seems like time has just flown by. We have hardly had a down moment during this time. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation, this is not it. So far this has been an adventure - but that is what we like. We left Anchorage in the morning and the drive for the first couple of hours was one of the most scenic of the entire trip. Alaska Hwy. 1 runs down the coast toward the Kenai Peninsula next to what is called the Turnagain Arm which is a large tidal inlet. To me it looks like a fjord with all the high mountains coming right down into the water. There were several beautiful turnouts but it was quiet cloudy and rainy. There are a few trials up here to. We might hit those coming back after our one week on the Kenai Peninsula. With all the views, the five hour drive to Homer was far from boring. I was so intrigued by the views that I did not even turn on my IPod. We reached Homer, which is at the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, around two. We are staying at Ocean View RV park which is one of the most expensive places we are staying at $49 a night and that does not included sewer.  However, we are the third RV from the coast - or at least the cliff (hope no major earthquakes go on). The farther in the day it got, the better the weather became. Across the bay you can see high, snowcapped mountains with a few glaciers mixed in. When we first arrived, you could only see the bottom half. But after dinner, the clouds left for the most part and you could see them in all their glory. We snacked around for lunch with Pooh having the last of our leftover salmon and me with the traditional Indian Ramin Noodles. Now it was time to do a little tour of the town. Of course being Homer, you have to go to the spit. A spit is a geographical term. It is kinda like a peninsula, but made of sand due to the currents of the water. The Homer spit juts out into the bay for 4 miles and is about 200 yards wide. At the end of the spit is a small boat harbor with around 300 boats and a couple of blocks of shopping, restaurants, fishing charters & bear viewing charters. Homer is supposedly the Halibut capital of the world. So if you like to fish in the ocean, this is your place. Too bad Pooh and I are not into fishing. We walked the area for a few hours. If was very windy with occasional rain mixed in. But the shops were nice and all the excursions really tempted me to pluck down a few hundred bucks to do everything. Maybe next time. Pooh did het a really nice knitted sweater (made in Ecuador).  All of the shops are built on stilts so the sometimes large waves don't carry them out into the sea. Next we drove through the actual town of Homer and up a 1,000 foot ledge that overlooks the town. Many nice houses up here with awesome views of the spit and the bay. Our drive took us to a nature center where we though there was going to be a guided walk. However, it turned out that there was going to be a pot-luck supper in an hour. So for that hour, we did the trails on our own through the forest, wildflowers, and bogs - yes, some nice spungy ground. We did not see any moose or the like, but plenty of wildflowers. After this nice hike, there were a few people at the pot-luck and we talked to them for a while about everything from the controversial open-pit mine vote coming up to education and what to do in Homer. We had a little food but did not take much as we did not bring any ourselves. Pooh did taste a little kelp. Afterwards we walked back to the truck to drive through town and back to the RV Park for the night. I cooked some Indian Tikka Chicken that had been marinating overnight which turned out great. Then I blogged for a bit until the Wi-Fi knocked out. As I said earlier, this was when you could see the awesome views across the bay and 70 miles away is St. Augustine Volcano.
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