Aug. 18, 2012 – Homer, Alaska
A wet and wonderful day! This morning we woke up to bright skies and a glimpse of Mt. McKinley. As we leave Homer, it’s rain, mist, fog, and a brief squall.
As you walk off the ship, you’re given a raucous greeting but hundreds of gulls and kittiwakes. we took the free shuttle to the spit and wandered around, taking pictures of some of the quirky sights and folks, and of the busy harbor. It’s definitely a working harbor, full of fishing boats, as well as the Alaska State Ferry, a NOAA ship and a Coast Guard ship.
Took an amazing, exhilarating tour of Gull Island and Kachemak Bay with Red Mountain Marine. This was a ship’s excursion that turned out way better than either of us had anticipated. The Beowulf held 10 passengers (plus Tammy and Ellie – both captains, but Tammy was functioning as deck hand this go…
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Homer Alaska – At “The End of The Road” – The Adventure Begins!
Homer, also known as the “Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea” is accessible by road or daily flights, located on the shores of beautiful Kachemak Bay and surrounded by glaciers and mountains. A home base for great fishing, kayaking, bear viewing, hiking, foodie and art vacations, Homer can make every Alaska vacation dream come true!
Nestled among rolling hills, this seaside – and truly seagoing – community has many unique attractions. Home port to the “Time Bandit” of Deadliest Catch fame, Homer’s museums, art galleries, fine dining and deluxe accommodations all help to fill your visit with memories of a lifetime.
Famous for its access to Bear Viewing, Homer has many great companies with some of the best guides on the planet!
The Homer Spit (“spit” is a geological term) is the second longest in the world and was recently named as one of the best 100 beaches in the United States. Not for swimming, but for the incredible views and wildlife to be found along its entire length!
With many types of outdoor activities and outfitters offering guided and unguided access to the wilderness areas of Kachemak Bay and beyond. Homer is quickly becoming “The Ecotourism Capitol of Alaska”!
We sometimes laugh at many Alaskan “historic sites” which date all the way back to the 1940s or 1950s. Saint Nicholas Memorial Chapel sits atop the graves of Igumen Nicolai, his assistant Makari Ivanov, and an unrecorded monk, on the site of Soldotna’s original Russian Orthodox Church from 1840s.
The Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church was built 1894, and still holds church services regularly. The church community recently completed major preservation work and the church looks great. This is a real historic site, said to be the oldest Russian Orthodox Church in America.
The priest explained this church’s history and significance here and explained many of the icons and saints. We enjoyed listening to his explanations and answers to our many questions.
We followed the Old Town Kenai walking tour to view the eighteen named sites. Along the way we stumbled into Scout Park atop a…
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Kenai, Alaska – Where the Kenai River Ends and Adventure Begins
The city of Kenai is located in the heart of the Kenai Peninsula and boasts wonderful views of the Kenai River, Cook Inlet, miles of sandy beaches, two mountain ranges and four active volcanoes. Discover the rich experience.
What awaits you: breathtaking wilderness, majestic wildlife, outdoor adventure, cultural heritage and most of all, some of the friendliest people in the world. Kenai’s culture and history that coexist with its modern growth characterize Kenai, the largest and oldest city on the peninsula. Let your travels bring you to the city of Kenai, and find out what others have come to know.