Homer, Alaska

Homer, Alaska

We decided to spend a couple nights in the small community of Homer, Alaska. It’s cool (40 – 50F) and very foggy, so my Kentucky body that left 93 degree behind has no idea what is going on!

Homer has a neat little artist community. We are staying with a potter and his family, friends of Jessica. They have spectacular mountain views right outside the huge glass windows in their living room, and the house has a greenhouse where they grow a lot of their own food. Everything in the kitchen is organic, and yes, there is no microwave oven (shudder).

I spent some time on the Homer “spit” — a narrow strip of land that sticks out of the coast and is lined with boat docks and shops/restaurants of all types. I had some great Halibut fish and chips in a small place that sat right on the ocean. The carts carrying huge halibuts up and down the dock let me know why it was so fresh! We stopped off at the Salty Dawg Saloon, a famous fishermen’s pub right on the water that has a wood chip floor, very low ceilings, and dollars with messages from all over the world pinned on the ceiling and walls — among a few pairs of sexy undies that were contributed.

The last ferry going over to Halibut Cove, a small shopping and eating place across the bay, was full so we bummed around the docks looking to hitch a ride with a fisherman over. No luck, so we ended up in a local pub watching pretty decent karaoke — surprise — and talking to the friendly local people, including one bear hunting guide.

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