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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Homer, Alaska... A Jewel of a Town!

Day #40
Date: 08/29/11
Traveled: Kasilof, AK - Homer, AK
Interstates / Roads:  AK-1
Miles Driven: 180
Weather: Sunny & 65 early, changing to cloudy & cooler in the evening

Well today we got a late start but it turned out to be a great day!  Around 10:30am, we headed southwest on the peninsula to Homer which is a place Robin has wanted to visit for years.  Homer is the hometown of Jewel, her favorite singer.  Along the way we traveled through several other smaller communities such as Clam Gulch, Ninilchik and Anchorpoint.  The smaller towns here are hard to explain... back home we would joke saying, "don't blink or you will drive right through (insert town) without knowing it".  The funny part about that is that here it is actually true.  A school, a post office, a grocery store and a gas station and you have yourself a town in AK.  However, each of these towns had something different to offer, from views of the ocean and beaches to views of the mountains and volcanoes across the bay.  I've posted a link to our pictures and videos below.  In many of them you can see Mt. Redoubt, a volcano which is 10,197' high and Mt. Iliama, a volcano which is 10,016' high.  Although we see them frequently, it's difficult to stop taking pictures of them each time we see pass by a view of them.  After stopping at some pull offs in between each of these towns to take a few pictures and videos, we made it to Homer.  Entering Homer there was a large pull off with some incredible views of Cook Inlet, the Gulf of Alaska and the volcanoes mentioned above.  While we were there we watched several birds, including a couple of bald eagles, flying around overhead. If you look closely in a few of the pictures you can see the bald eagles.  After our stop there, we descended down into the town of Homer, which was a nice little bay-town. We drove through town and out on the Homer Spit, a small stretch of land leading out into the bay.  Here there were boardwalks with shops, restaurants and several docks/marinas with hundreds of boats.  We stopped at some of the shops and ate lunch at a place called Captain Patties.  Here we sat 10' from the ocean watching the barges and fishing boats cruise by while eating some of the best fresh fish I have ever had.  After lunch, we headed back into the main part of town and the Ocean & Inland Marine Center.  Here we toured around the visitor type center looking at the different history items of AK and the inlet.  From there we took a stroll down some of the trails which lead to the beach.  According to the boys, this was the favorite part of their day as they got to play on the beach collecting shells and rocks.  After our time there, we loaded up and headed up to Skyview Drive.  This road gave us the best view of the inlet and surrounding area that we had seen.  You could look out for miles at the bay, the spit, the inlet, glaciers, volcanoes and the town of Homer.  After taking numerous pictures and videos there, we headed back toward home.  

When we reached Kasilof, we decided to take a detour on a road we had never been on before.  We traveled this road and found a secondary road that lead us right down on the beach.  Again the boys played for a little while while we looked around and took pictures.  After this we called it a day and headed home.  Today was a great day as it was one of the first days since our friend the Gilberts left that we got to get out and enjoy some more of wonderful scenery AK has to offer!  Thank you Lord for your many blessings!




Until Next Time, God Bless & Safe Travels!

The Moores

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