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Ostrovski (historical)

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  • Day17

    Alaska Day 17 Homer

    July 23 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    A short note today. A "work" day and a day off from tourism. We decided to stay another 2 nights here as there is a lot to see and do and we need a "day off". Did all the maintenance stuff today. Cleaned the RV, did laundry, went to the grocery, got gas, and went to the ATM. I said tonight when we were putting everything away, everything is clean but ourselves. No time for a shower. 😆. Special dinner tonight. Fresh halibut from the dock, Homer is the Halibut capital of the world! Pictures today are some from other days for "catch up".Read more

  • Day18

    Alaska Day 18

    July 24 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 57 °F

    A day to explore Homer. First off to the Oceans and Islands Visitor Center. Much more than the usual visitors center - a mini museum, nature walks, lectures, etc. Enjoyable several hours. Then to check out Old Town Homer. Not to much there except a well publicized bakery - Two Sisters. A fun stop for lunch - great baked goods and good sandwiches. Onward to checkout a winery - Bear Creek. All of their wines made from berries. Tasting for 8 wines - $5. 😂. They had 2 types of wines - those blended with grapes and those just berries. Alcohol content from 8-17%. Wines OK. I would consider all as a desert wine. Bought a bottle of my favorite, the Black Current. Alicebought a bottle of their Port.
    Then to checkout the hills around the town. The fireweed is in full bloom. And sooooo beautiful. A friend of a friend of Alice's told her about ts hills on the other side of the mountain. Spectacular scenery with the fireweed covering the hillsides. Next to the Pratt Museum, a local musem to Alaskan art and culture. I beggedoff of this one for a nap instead. ( Missed so e sleep last night). Alice enjoyed. And one more stepop at the Farmers Market which was just closing down and we did not see much.
    So a full-day of tourism, back to campground. Had had some rain last night but cleared this after noon and now sunshine at 9:30. Have gotten used to the many hours of daylight. Really love the long days. Just wear a sleep mask at night.
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  • Day14

    Homer

    June 20, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 48 °F

    Winding up this incredible trip on Homer, on the Kenai Peninsula. Long 4 hour drive from Whittier. However mother nature came through with several bald eagles and a huge Moose!

    The entire Peninsula is incredible and Homer is the crowning jewel for sure. We have some Alaska friends, and they grew up here so tomorrow is on their boat fishing.

    The beach photos were all taken from our campsite on "the spit" at the veery end of the line.... Of Alaska, essentially. They were taken after 11pm!
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  • Day15

    Day on the Water

    June 21, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 52 °F

    Visiting good friends who grew up here on Homer. By the way, check out the screenshot Katherine took of the Homer Spit where we are staying. It's so narrow that maps can't even pick it up!

    Andy and Roxanne have a small skiff, and we had an awesome day out on the water. Kids got to drive the boat! Went to Halibut Cove, an amazing village reachable only by boat.

    Tried some fishing (little luck), had a fire on a beach in the middle of nowhere, and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows. Kids LOVED it!

    Alaska has shown me so many things.... One is that folks who have immediate access to true wilderness are lucky, and they really cherish it.

    Super day...
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  • Day7

    On to Homer!

    May 22, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 50 °F

    We left Kenai under sunny skies! We headed south to Homer - about 90 miles from Kenai. The only road into Homer is the Sterling Highway which is Route 1. It was a beautiful drive - mostly coastal so the views were beautiful! We saw moose again crossing the roadway. This is the farthest south we will go on our trip. Homer is on the shore of Kachemak Bay on the southwest side of the Kenai Peninsula. Its distinguishing feature is the Homer Spit, a narrow 4.5 mi long gravel bar that extends into the bay, on which is located the Homer Harbor. We are camping on the Homer spit and our view is pretty nice! Much of the coastline as well as the Homer Spit sank during the Good Friday earthquake in March 1964. (This is the same earthquake that effected Seward). After the earthquake, very little vegetation was able to survive on the Homer Spit.

    Pictures 7 and 8 are views from our camp site. Pictures 9 and 10 are of the Salty Dawg. Your visit to Homer is not complete unless you visit here. The Salty Dawg Saloon was originally one of the first cabins built here in 1897, just after the town was established. It has been a post office, railroad station, grocery store and a coal mining office. A second building was added in 1909 and it too served many purposes including a post office, store and schoolhouse. In 1957, the Salty Dawg Saloon officially opened. The building was moved to its present location on the Spit after the 1964 earthquake. The lighthouse was added to cover a water storage tank. It’s now one of Homer’s most recognizable landmarks. The walls and ceilings are covered with paper money (that started when fishermen pinned up notes and drink money for other fishermen still at sea), life rings, some of which serve as memorials to fishermen lost at sea and others who were well loved and respected. Also adorning the walls are other maritime trophies, some from boats that went down at sea.
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  • Day8

    Another day in Homer

    May 23, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 54 °F

    It is another beautiful day in Homer! The sun is out with light winds making the 50 degree weather very comfortable. We walked along the beach and then to the harbor where we talked to a local fisherman as he was cleaning his catch of halibut and cod. The tide is unbelievable - at least a 100 foot difference! While at the harbor we caught sight of a ship docked - the Time Bandit. This is one of the ships that the Discovery Channel follows in the tv show, Deadliest Catch! We saw an ice rink in the main part of town. While sitting outside admiring the view we noticed two eagles down on the beach. We were able to walk pretty close to them without having them fly away.

    Homer's the "Halibut Fishing Capital of Alaska," and is about 26 square miles with half being land and the other half water. The population Is about 5000. Homer spit is 4.5 miles long and is between Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay. Kachemak Bay is among the richest marine estuaries in the world. Homer was named for Homer Pennock, a gold-mining company promoter, who arrived in 1896 on the Homer Spit and built living quarters for his crew of 50 men. However, gold mining was never profitable in the area. Homer has a moderate subarctic coastal climate which causes its weather to be moderate compared to interior Alaska. Winters are snowy and long but not particularly cold, with the average January high only slightly below freezing. Snow averages 50 inches, falling primarily from November through March. Homer receives only about 25 inches of rainfall annually due to the influence of the Chugach Mountains to the southeast which shelters it from the Gulf of Alaska.

    We had dinner at a local restaurant- Captain Pattie's Fish House. I had locally caught salmon and Rod had Alaskan King crab legs. Both were delicious.
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  • Day21

    "First Class Camping by the Sea", Homer

    July 16 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 54 °F

    Arrived in Homer during torrential downpour. Staying at the well known Heritage RV Park located on the Homer Spit for next two nights.

    The Spit is a peninsula that extends into the ocean. The Spit should have washed away long ago if man had not intervened and saved the land mass. Way to go man. Very cool place.

    https://www.homeralaska.org/the-homer-spit.html

    We are right next to the "Fishing Hole" which is a man made lagoon that contains salmon, so we are told. Way to go man.

    Looking forward to charter fishing for King Salmon tomorrow morning.
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