Ed and Marilyn, summer trip 2005 travel blog

Leslie's shop on Homer Spit, "High Tide Arts".


Monday evening, August 22 in Homer, Alaska, on the north shore of Kachemak Bay, at the easterly side of the mouth of Cook Inlet.

Our campground tonight is another dry campground on the beach, actually on Homer Spit. It is operated by the town of Homer. There is one private campground up the road but since it is the only one with ALL the services, it is very expensive. We were able to dump our gray water here when arriving again, we applaud the state of Alaska (this time the town of Homer)for their fine camper oriented facilities. We had filled the camper with water at the last state campground, so we need nothing. Well, we sure could use an internet to send this travel journal along to you! My computer just informed me that there is one here, but I can't seem to log onto the Internet Explorer to get into AOL.

We fished this morning on the Anchor River and Dad/Ed caught another silver salmon. I tried but no hook-up for me. Myrna and Butch have not connected with the big fish yet, but we hope they do soon. We left after lunch and headed here to Homer - another 15 miles south.

Homer Spit juts out for 4 miles from the Homer shore. The Spit has had quite a history, and it continues to be a center of activity for the town. In 1964, after the earthquake, the Spit sank 4-6 feet, requiring several buildings to be moved to higher ground. Today, the Spit is the site of a major dock facility for boat loading, unloading, servicing and refrigerating. The deep-water dock can accommodate 340 foot vessels with up to 30 foot drafts, making it accessible to cruise and cargo ships. Along the Spit, on boardwalks, are many shops, catering especially to artists such as potters, sculptors, painters and jewelers. Homer is known as the halibut capital of the world, so here's hoping!

We found our friend's shop, called High Tide Arts. We met Leslie and Jens Klaar in Key Largo campground 3 years ago. Leslie is an accomplished artist, especially with water colors, and makes jewelry as well. Jens, her Swedish husband makes wonderful Sammi knives, some of the handles being made from Swedish reindeer antlers and bone that he procures from the Sammi. The Sammi are the once nomadic reindeer herders of the Lappland portion of Sweden. Jens built a nice little shop for them to sell their products. We visited with Leslie at her shop and will see them again tomorrow.

Pizza at a small café on the beach here on the Spit was our supper tonight. A new, delicious pear pizza was my choice and I hope to attempt to make one at home.

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