A Day Trip to Homer

Trip Start Jun 18, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Short Version:

            Homer for the day.

Wordy Version:

Today is planned as a round trip drive to Homer about 90 miles away. We get on the road early so we can explore those interesting places along the way like Kasilof, Clam Gulch, Ninilchik (pronounced Ni-NILL-chick) and Anchor Point. Ok, I've never heard of them before either, but this is the fun and attraction of a trip like this; I guess you can chalk it up to the exploration and pioneer spirit in us.

As we make our way south to Homer, we see a continuation of the stream of people and their fishing paraphernalia we noticed yesterday. We’ve spotted a couple of turn outs and state parks where the cars, pickups and RV’s are packed and stacked. Soon, we get a glimpse of one of the streams where the shoulder to shoulder fishing is underway; I believe the term they use is Combat Fishing. How they keep from just catching each other or tangling their lines I’ll never know. One other sure sign that fishing season has descended upon the land it that we see a lighted marquee sign in for an emergency services clinic in Ninilchik that advertises, "Fish Hook Removal Here, No Waiting". Now you just don’t see that every day!

A couple of other interesting stops in Ninilchik were the Russian Orthodox Church and the five moose we spotted; although not at the same locations, both events occurred just about the same time. Three of the moose were a momma and two babies leisurely munching foliage along the turnoff to the state operated Ninilchick River Campground. We decided to follow the campground loop entrance to see if we could get some closer pictures and we were rewarded with many opportunities to watch and photograph this trio.

Just south of Anchor Point, the highway slowly drifts toward some cliffs overlooking the Cook Inlet and a very impressive scenic pull out; this is a must stop location. Further down the Sterling Highway, it divides to go to the city of Homer and the Homer Spit; we head to the spit which is a quarter mile wide, four mile long peninsula that extends into the Kachemak Bay. The Homer Spit, however, has become a thriving center for tourism and trade with the Alaskan Marine Highway ferry terminal and the deep water dock facility. This is where we spent most of our Homer time shopping, eating and exploring.

Interestingly enough the spit terminates at the Land’s End Resort and the morning haze and clouds have mostly burned off revealing a magnificent sea level view of the glaciers and mountains on the opposite side of the bay. We leave the spit late in the day only to be drawn back into the town of Homer to find an elevated view point to photograph this beautiful coastal area along the Cook Inlet.  On the whole, Homer has proven to be worth the drive; it gets the K&J Thumbs Up.
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