Alaska 2007 travel blog

A Unique Planter on the Homer Spit Boardwalk

Cabin at Otter Cove Resort

Otter Cove Resort with the Kayaks

Kayaks Ready to Go

Homer and the Spit


Saturday started off with rain so we went to the US Fish and Wildlife Island and Ocean Center. It turned out to be a really great place to visit. Even though they did not have any live sea mammals or fish, the displays about the area were done very well and kept us there for about 3 hours. We also saw 2 movies and 1 lecture at the Center. The first movie was on their research vessel that is used to take wildlife biologist to the Alutenian Islands in the summer to conduct wildlife studies. The second movie was a special movie on migratory birds from all over the earth. This movie took 4 years to produce and was really spectacular--lots of close ups of the birds while in flight. The lecture was on the wildlife in the area by a biologist who made it very interesting. After that rainy morning, the day started to clear so we decided to take a dinner cruise across the bay to Otter Cove Resort.

The trip across the bay was very pleasant with a very nice dinner at the Otter Cove Resort. The Resort is set up for kayakers and their needs. We saw a few come in for dinner and return with us to Homer on the boat. On the way home we spotted a sea otter taking a nap and then the humpback whale caught our attention until he showed us his large tail as the dove for dinner.

Sunday turned out sunny and warm, so we toured the Pratt Museum and went to a few art galleries. The Pratt is a MUST SEE in Homer. The displays of early life in Homer as well as a good display on the oil spill was interesting. The second reason for going to the Pratt was to see the bear cam at McNeil Falls. One of the staff was operating the camera from the museum so we watched about 6 bears fishing for salmon. Unfortunately, most of the salmon had come up the river a few weeks ago. So the bears were out of luck!

We drove down the road to Anchor Point--the western most spot in the US that can be reached by a highway. I guess Hawaii is excluded or it is to the east.

On the way back we drove the Skyline Drive for spectacular views of Homer and the Spit.

Monday, the wind was up from the southwest to about 20mph with good size waves hitting the beach and the sun was out. What a beautiful day. The volcanoes across the Cook Inlet were visible without any clouds. So we took off for Anchorage with a stop in Soldotna for some soup and in Sterling at Susies for lunch. If you are in the Sterling area--we recommend Susies for lunch or dinner.



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