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Jun 16, 2017 - Back in Soldotna after Homer June 16, 2017

I am supposed to be nice, but really, I must be somewhat critical about my latest fishing adventure. Homer, Alaska is known around the world for it's giant halibut catches. My halibut fishing trip out of Homer turned into more of a boat ride than a real exciting fishing trip. A twelve hour plus boat ride to be exact. Maybe I was spoiled from my charter out of Valdez and my expectations were too high. We were on the water at 0545 hours and returned to port at 1815 hours (that is almost 6 am to a little after 6 pm for those who do not...

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Jun 14, 2017 - June 14, 2017 In Homer Alaska

We arrived in Homer to high winds and a very cold 48F breeze off the ocean. The next morning the sun was out and the winds were non existent. Nancy said, "I want to stay here a few days". We are "dry' camping which means no electric, water, or sewer hookups. The camper is self contained and has a Honda generator so we are good for a week or so. I fished hard for King salmon over the last twenty four hours without success. The locals are saying that the salmon count is down due to the commercial fishing that is going on in the bay. Oh well,...

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Jun 9, 2017 - Homer for 2 nights

Swam in the ocean first thing in the morning. Ran up and down the beach, it was great fun. Mom amd Dad decided to take a boat trip to Seldovia. We decided to rest after our long run. Also Abby was shivering and wanted to warm up. We got another swim and run when they got back. Had dinner and a warm fire with our beach front view. Lots of weekend campers to share our site, kids partying all night long. Mom and Dad loved Seldovia

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Jun 8, 2017 - Homer spit here we come

Pancakes and bacon for breakfast, a long walk around the campground before heading off to the Russian River.Wore our bear bells and Dad carried bear spray, don't want to take any chances after our encounter with the moose. At the Russian River we took 5 mile hike to the Russian Falls, it was beautiful but so tired. Did not see any salmon at The Falls. Mom and Dad walked the boardwalk and saw red salmon swimming up River. Season opens June 11th. Drove to Homer got beachfront camping. Hoping that we get to swim in the ocean tomorrow!

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Feb 26, 2017 - Homer Alaska

This was the best town we visited so far during the trip. The snowmobiling was great. It would have been better if it was a blue bird day. But great boondocking to say the least. We did a fishing charter and caught 40 pounds worth of salmon! Brooks Alaskan adventure Charter was awesome. Very down to earth captain and knowledgeable. He is good friends with the Hilstrands and grew up with them. He let us help him unload groceries from their ship the Time Bandit after getting back from their Opilio Crab season from Deadlist Catch. The engineer...

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Aug 14, 2016 - Kayaking Eco-Tour and Touring Homer

Today was Mary’s birthday, and we planned a special trip—a guided kayaking “ecotour” of the Herring Island system in Kachemak Bay. The Water Taxi took us across the bay, a half-hour trip, to the home of our guides, Rick and Dorla. They live on beachfront property on Little Kayak Island, overlooking Tutka Bay, surrounded by old growth forest. We were with another family, but altogether there were only eight of us in four boats so we all could see and hear what Rick and Dorla were telling us as we went kayaking along. Rick has been a guide...

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Aug 14, 2016 - Homer, AK

August 14, 2016 Up at 5:30 and on the boat by 6:45. Charter is North Country which has been around since 1973. There were 16 of us that included a family with two small girls, another couple, us and the rest seasoned fisher souls. The comradery on the boat with the non-serious fishermen was lots of fun in that we swapped travel stories, family stories etc. Family from Salt Lake, finance fellow and wife from Darien, CT that were well healed. Halibut fishing is strict in that you must hook and reel in your own fish. As a NYT article said, it...

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Aug 13, 2016 - Soldotna to Homer, AK

August 13, 2016 Is overcast but we may get a reprieve from the rain. (BTW, Klondike camp is excellent with wonderful bathrooms and grounds.) Off to the Soldotna farmer’s market that is near the original log post office. Not very big but definitely well attended. They had some amazing purple cauliflower and another that must have weighed 4 pounds. We bought some tomatoes and cucumber. We thought the Kalifornsky Beach Road would be more scenic than the Sterling Highway as it paralleled the Cook Inlet but there were so many spruce trees we...

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Aug 13, 2016 - Homer

Aug 13-15 We are on our way to Homer which is another 249 miles and 7.5 hours. We are staying on the Homer Spit, which is a thin piece of land in the middle of the Kachemak Bay. Beautiful views of the mountains across from our campground. The mountains peaks are part of the Harding Ice Field, named after President Harding. This ice field has over 30 glaciers covering over 300 sq. miles. The mountains valleys form their own moraine lakes. The town of Homer, is primarily a fishing village. The Athabascan Indian moved into Cooks Inlet over...

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Aug 12, 2016 - Anchorage to Homer

Now it’s on to Anchorage! We’re staying at a nice campground just north of Anchorage, called Eagle River State Park. It’s part of the Chugach State Park, which itself covers half a million acres! It’s right on the rushing Eagle River. Anchorage is a relatively big city, reminds us of home with all the typical chain stores. We spent a day in Anchorage and had time to see some of the sights. Anchorage is a big city, reminds us of home with all the typical chain stores. We participated in a Guided Walk, led by a federal Park Service employee,...

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Jul 25, 2016 - Homer Day 3 - Pratt Museum

It was a cold & rainy day, so a good day to sleep in and just hang out. We could have probably left Homer today, but we have a dinner rez at a restaurant that was highly recommended, and we had to wait 2 days to even get in, so we figured we'd better check it out. We spent the early part of the day at the Pratt Museum; art, science & cultural center. It was very nice and interesting, mostly history about early life on Kachemak Bay region. We then went to dinner at "The Little Mermaid", the food was very spendy, but very good, kind of...

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Jul 24, 2016 - Homer Day 2 - Halibut fishing for Ken

Ken left at 5:30 am for his Halibut fishing excursion, Jane slept in (there is a surprise, right?). MN friends, Mary & Frank Condon who are staying up the Peninsula a few miles, just happened to be coming down to Homer for the day, so they picked Jane up, went out to lunch, did a little shopping, walked the beach down on the Spit, and then went down and met Ken's boat when he came in from Halibut fishing. The Halibut fishing was a success, they each got their limit of fish (2 each). There were 4 other guys from WI on the fishing boat. Ken...

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