Here are some pictures and details of stuff that we did in Homer. This is mostly for mom who has a gnarly long day at work today.
On our way to Homer we stopped in Girdwood, which is about thirty minutes south of Anchorage, and ate lunch at the Bake Shop which is a well known breakfast and lunch place at the base of the Aleyska ski resort. They make the best sourdough bread ever and serve bottomless bowls of soup.
After lunch we drove around the peninsula to Homer. The drive went well and it was super pretty.
People describe Homer as a quaint drinking town with a fishing problem.
The other thing that Homer has is really stunning views of Kenai Mountains on the other side of the Kachemak bay.
The first night we had pizza. It was really good. The place was out on the spit (this weird little strip of land that sticks straight out in the bay) so it had awesome views.
Afterwards we walked on the beach some because the tide was going out. Alaska has really strong tides. The difference between hightide and lowtide is a good forty feet and the tides move FAST.
The beach is really rocky and all the rocks are covered with these little barnacles.
The next day we went kayaking on the otherside of the bay. I did take pictures but they are on Sandy’s camera since I didn’t want to risk mine on the water. We saw some see otters, harbor porpoises, a jellyfish, a bunch of bald eagles and other sea birds including puffins! We all had a great time though I am not sure that Sandy will ever want to go kayaking again.
For dinner we went to this place Mermaids and had the absolute best mussels. Actually the whole dinner was awesome. I didn’t take my camera.
The next day it rained in the morning but in the afternoon we went on a hike through a reseeded demonstration forest. It was grown to as an educational tool and was suppose to be cut down afterwards but the community liked it so much they left it standing.
On our way there we found out that Doctor Who likes Alaska too when Sandy spotted the Tardis.
It was pretty awesome.
Some pictures from our walk.
I’ll put more pictures of the rest of our trip up later.