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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 - 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 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 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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Jul 23, 2016 - Day 27 Homer

Day 27. This am the kids went down to the beach and played in the water. Then we walked to Farmers market (LONG mile). Drove down to the Spit and spent some $. Saw the Salty Dog Saloon which has $bills tacked all over ceiling and walls. All sorts of shops along Boardwalk, including an ice cream shop. Naturally, I zoned in on that. After ice cream we drove to the Bear Creek winery (1 daughter in law wanted some more glasses from there) so we bought glasses, sampled wines and bought some wine. While I worked on dinner John and everyone went...

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Alaska...Again 2016

Jul 23, 2016 - Homer - Day 1, getting accquainted w/Homer

We went down to the spit and walked the beach at the "Lands End", took some pics, found the Salty Dawg Saloon(a unique bar), shopped, and booked a Halibut fishing trip for Ken to go tomorrow (Sunday). We had a late lunch/early dinner at Captain Patti's on the spit, and watched some wind surfers (it looked cold but they had wet suits on). Later in the evening, we walked the beach in front of our RV Park, picked up some driftwood to decorate Jane's gardens.

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Jul 22, 2016 - Day 26 Homer

Day 26 Driftwood RV Park. Karen and Wade picked up their motorhome (the lady actually picked them up from the motel) then came to our campground. We had done a huge grocery shop yesterday, so just needed milk which I didn't have room for. Drove to Homer. Rained most of the way. The kids are really excited to be in AK and in the motorhome. Last trip here I said do not camp at this campground, but I remembered there were a few sites that faced the bay, so I requested them. The rest of the campground was not so great. It was a great view of...

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Alaska...Again 2016

Jul 22, 2016 - On the road again, headed to Homer

After 17 days "dry camping" at the Russian River overflow parking lot, we are ON THE ROAD AGAIN, it feels good!! We got the truck back on Wednesday (with new transmission, for anyone who may have missed that tale of woe), but we decided to stay a couple of extra days "in the area" to get some miles on it, and make sure everything is working properly before we hook up the trailer and go. One doesn't realize how dependent we are on that truck until something like this happens, not only for transportation to get us from point A to B, but to...

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