Rob and Syd's Western Canada and Alaska trip 2012 travel blog

The Homer Spit, "halibut fishing capital of the world"

Down town Homer

Glacier near Homer (Syd gave the name in narrative)

View from our camp. Nice sunny day after all.

Day 63, Tuesday, June 26, 2012

When we got up, it was still raining a little and very foggy. We can barely see the campground, let alone the water below us. About 11:00 the fog started to lift so we took advantage and headed out for a drive. We started on the East End Road which goes to the end of Kachemak Bay. The clouds were still low and occasionally we went into them but we could still see the water, the shore on the other side and Grewingk Glacier which flows into the bay. At the end of the road are a couple of Russian Orthodox villages where they wear traditional garb and still speak Russian. Next, we drove Skyline Road through the hills above Homer. There is a viewpoint with panoramic views of the town, the Homer Spit, and the Bay. What a place. We followed some back roads into the hills where it is green and quiet with views of water and forests and volcanoes. Back in town, we drove out onto the Spit which is a skinny four and a half mile stretch of sand and gravel that separates the Cook Inlet and the Kachemak Bay. The marina and the deep water ports are out there along with several campgrounds and rows of shops and fishing and tour charters and restaurants. It gets really hopping in the summer. We ate dinner at Don Jose’s and I had seafood. No surprise. Our waiter lives in Tempe. He is up here for the summer hoping to make enough money to buy his girlfriend an engagement ring. When we got back to camp, the sun was shining and we had happy hour outside with drinks and chips. I looked over my shoulder and there were 15 crows lined up on the split rail fence next to us waiting for a chance at a chip. We really do have an awesome view once the fog lifted and the rain stopped. For now. We can watch the fishing boats coming and going and the ferry going to Soldovia on the other side. We have not seen any signs of whales though. That would be nice.

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