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view from Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive

Moose!

More Moose

Bear Creek Winery

Cleaning salmon

Alaskan humor


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sunshine, glorious sunshine! 53⁰ this AM and puddles all around us but the sun is shining. Promises of a beautiful day.

Off we go to Homer. Homer is another quirky town on the Kenai Peninsula. It is literally the end of the road. The Sterling Hwy stops at the end of the Spit at Lands’ End Hotel. The spit is a 5 mil peninsula that extends from Homer. The spit is the main “tourist” area of Homer. Homer is known for its great fishing. Trophy size halibut have been caught in these waters. A local asked us “what do you call an out of work fisherman?” A construction worker. The economy revolves around fishing and the tourist season. There are more than 20 fishing charter companies represented in Homer.

As always the first stop is the Visitors Center. Two Sisters Bakery happened to be around the corner from the Visitors Center. We remembered the delicious rolls we purchased there on our first trip so of course we had to stop. We had their lunch special, a salad that filled a dinner plate and half a focaccia turkey sandwich. We polished it off by splitting a sticky bun – pure heaven!

Next destination was Skyline Drive. A drive we missed on our first trip. We wound our way up the mountaintop road and were rewarded with a spectacular view of Homer, the Spit, Kachemak Bay and the surrounding mountains and glaciers – Wow! The pictures didn’t turn out that great because of the sun glare but I will not complain about the beautiful sunshine.

When we went back to the RV a couple was waiting for us. They wanted to know about the RV. They now have a 5th-wheel and have decided they are ready for something smaller. We spent about a half hour showing them the RV and talking about our experiences with it.

As we finished our spiel and were getting in the RV I saw a couple on the side road behind the pullout holding their dog and looking down the road. A Mama Moose and her calf were crossing the road. We have driven probably a hundred miles with moose warnings and haven’t seen even one. Here in the residential section high above Homer two walk within a 100 feet of us! My pics aren’t the greatest because the camera disc decided it was full and I had to hurriedly delete one or two pics to use the camera. Oh well, we know we saw them!

Since we were out East End Drive we headed to the Bear creek Winery. We had discovered the winery on our first visit and it proved to be just as good this time. After the required wine tasting we decided on a couple flavors that suited our palates.

The area was very crowded with RVs so we decided to make reservations for Wednesday night. When we pulled into the campground we were approached by a man who had questions about the RV. We spent another half doing our salesman pitch (wish PleasureWay would give us a commission). I think we have them sold on it.

It was then time for dinner. We settled on the Cosmic Kitchen – not at all what we expected. Quite an eclectic restaurant. Their menu filled 5 whiteboards. They had American, Greek, Mexican and seafood. Tom ordered a hamburger and I settled on a chicken quesadilla (no fish & chips!), both very good. We enjoyed watching the flow of customers. Most were locals called by their first names when they came in.

The Homer Spit was then calling our name. Luckily we found a parking spot and started wandering the shops. Lots of very nice souvenir shops. Many were selling only items made in Alaska. One store in particular had beautiful carved ivory figures, most the artistry of Native Americans. We found several spots where fish were being cleaned. When you book a fish charter they also make arrangements to have the fish cleaned. Then you pay extra to have them processed, frozen and shipped back home - several hundred dollars.

The wonderful sunshine stayed the whole day! Settled down for the evening in the Homer Harbor Parking Lot. Another nice quiet night.



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