Friday, 4 September 2015

Homer, Alaska

Arriving in Homer, even on a grey, cloudy day the view over Kachemak Bay is absolutely stunning.

Once in town we drove along the East End drive, more gorgeous views and for a little while the sun even came out.

We stayed at Ocean Shores and our room, while very nice, didn’t quite have the view (our view of the bay was over another building) we thought we’d have when we made the booking.   I mentioned this in passing, while chatting with a chap who turned out to be the owner, he said he’d look into it and the next day we moved to an even nicer room that had a fabulous, totally unobstructed view across the bay.   Now that’s what I call service!

This the view from our new room, isn’t it fabulous?

Despite the cloudy day, later that evening there was a most gorgeous sunset.

I forget who recommended it, but we were told that we really shouldn’t miss the Oceans and Islands Visitor Centre, they were right.   The centre is fascinating, with very helpful and informative staff and lots of information about the area. 

A trail from the centre leads down onto wetlands with a boardwalk and birding area, we stood for quite a while watching a sandhill crane poking about in the grass.

We’ve seen sandhill cranes in Arizona, but never quite as up close and personal as this. 

Our reason for walking this way was to find a coffee shop (another recommendation) called The Two Sisters Bakery.   The cakes were truly scrumptious!

From the Skyline Drive we had a great view of Homer Spit.

and across Kachemak Bay.

Down on Homer Spit we enjoyed a walk around the harbor,

the Time Bandit – from Deadliest Catch - was in dock.

Instead of seagulls watching as you sit overlooking the ocean, in Homer there are eagles, which, I have to say, is somewhat unnerving!

We often watched sea otters, which were rather cute, as they drifted along nibbling on their catch.

Although the sun only peeped out a couple of times, before just as quickly disappearing, we had a great time in Homer and definitely hope to return one day.

Have fun, we are!

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