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15 March 2015

Yukon and Alaska Bound Part 34. Homer and Homer Spit, Alaska


Homer Spit, Alaska
Homer Spit, Alaska


In and Around Homer Spit, Alaska


We decided to camp on Homer Spit at the Heritage RV Park on the 27th and 28th of July. Homer is on the southwestern Kenai Peninsula on the north shore of Kachemak Bay. Just over 5000 people live here not counting all the tourists and fishermen visiting at one time or another.


Homer Spit, views to Kenai Mountains
Homer Spit, views to Kenai Mountains

In the 1800 there was a coal mine operating at Bluff Point, and in the late 1800s gold seekers debarked at Homer bound for the goldfields.

Homer Spit juts about 7km ( 4.3 miles ) out from Homer. The Sterling Highway ends at the end of the Spit. In 1964, after an earthquake, the Spit sank ( 1.3 - 1.9 metres (4-6 feet). Today it is a tourist and vacation heaven.




Christian, Hansuli, Lisbeth and Annemarie  by ferry terminal, Homer Spit
Christian, Hansuli, Lisbeth and Annemarie  by ferry terminal, Homer Spit



In the morning, while Anders stayed behind to fix something on the 5th wheel and to marinate some steaks, Lisbeth, Hansuli, Annemarie and Christian  and I walked to the end of the spit. At the pond connected to the ocean everybody was fishing. The Salmon were jumping all over the place. Fishermen smiled. Homer calls itself the " Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.


Coho or Silver Salmon jumping at the inlet, Homer Spit
Coho or Silver Salmon jumping at the inlet, Homer Spit

Seafarer's Memorial
Seafarer's Memorial






Souvenir shops and excursion offices, a Seafood Factory, RV Parks, fancy Town homes and a Hotel were all busy.At the Pioneer Dock the Alaska State Ferry was loading. The Alaska Marine Highway System ferries connect Homer to Seldovia and Kodiak ( 91/2 hour ferry ride ). In summer, Kodiak is the departure port for the Aleutian Chain trips.


Anders, Fisherman and Halibut
Anders, Fisherman and Halibut










In the early afternoon, Anders and I just meandered around the Spit enjoying people watching and the beautiful sunshine.

We stopped and had a Halibut burger for lunch.













Later we all went into Homer and visited the Pratt Museum. Well worth a visit. This museum is helping people to explore the natural environment and human experiences around the Kachemak Bay regions. Very interesting.


Hansuli, Lisbeth, Christian and Anders at the Pratt Museum
Hansuli, Lisbeth, Christian and Anders at the Pratt Museum


















By a glorious sunset we ate Anders' BBQ cap steaks and corn on a comb. A wonderful day and evening.


Homer Spit, Alaska
Homer Spit, Alaska
For more pictures from this part of the trip, have a look at our album.


Our Campsite on Homer Spit
Our Campsite on Homer Spit

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