Homer- final day of fun

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Beautiful Homer

8.10.08 Homer

 

Another terrific day!

 

We met Mike at The Fish Factory this morning - in spite of working a load of black cod with an entire team of workers, Mike was gracious in talking with us and letting us view the process.  Lia described every detail of fish processing to Ned on the phone later - surprisingly she noticed and remembered everything- what a great learning experience!  That was a really special visit and our thanks go to Mike, his Dad, and Barbara A for making that happen!

 

We are hooked on fishing and returned to the “fishing hole” for more fun.

Homer Wildlife Refuge
  Some locals provided tips and we again had a good time trying.  It seems like a form of gambling, where you think, “If I just cast ONE more time, I’ll hook the big one!”  But alas, we did not and returned our poles to the Sport Shed, embarrassingly with yet another tangled line (which they graciously took in stride).  The people of Homer seem to really be easy-going, fun-loving people.  It is a laidback, beachy environment.

 

Finally we reluctantly left the Homer Spit and decided to go visit Ken and Sherry, our Caravan friends in downtown Homer.  They had called this morning and said their Caravan leader, who we met yesterday, invited us to join their fish fry tonight.  I hemmed and hawed.  That was such a nice kindness and sounded like so much fun, but we were already a day late leaving Homer.  However, when they mentioned hushpuppies and Charles’ eyes lit up, I surely didn’t want to add that to his list of “mean Mom” items to share later in life with a therapist.  So we enthusiastically agreed to come and could relax with that decision settled.

Homer Wildlife Refuge

 

Ken gave us a big hunk of halibut for our freezer!  Sherry gave us good tips on cooking in in aluminum foil and with lemon, so we shall really enjoy that delicious fish.  I could not belive how big their halibut fish were from yesterday's pictures!  One lady in the caravan took a postcard-quality picture of a whale on that trip!

 

So before the cookout, we ran to down to the National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center and enjoyed their movie and exhibits, contributed to the research and efforts to maintain wildlife in the National Refuges.  Those are dedicated scientists who make a measurable difference to repopulating nearly extinct bird and mammal species.

 

We drove through the town of Homer, which is a real artist-enclave and visited the Wildberry Shop.

Homer Wildlife Refuge
  They have been a family business since before Alaska was a state!  They buy berries from pickers, who usually get the berries off Alaska State Land (which is an area larger than the state of California), but most pickers keep their spot top-secret.  Then the Wildberry place processes the berries in Anchorage.  We got some double-chocolate covered blueberries and chocolate-covered espresso beans to share at the fish fry.  http://www.alaskawildberryproducts.com/

 

Then we headed back to the Caravan’s Fish Fry, which was delicious and great fun.  Ken and Sherry and all the Caravan folks are very nice and we can certainly see where a caravan would be great on at least 3 counts:

  1. The camaraderie creates lifelong friendships (and they have a nightly social, fun activities, and organization down to an art)
  2. You don’t have to spend half your waking hours researching where to go, what to do, what to see, and making reservations
  3. One price covers all- the campgrounds, many of the meals, tours, activities, etc which saves you the worry of having to decide if things are worth it (the only things not included are fuel for the rig and border crossing fees

All that being said, the caravan’s $12,200 price tag that the 4 of us is cost-prohibitive for 2 months of travel.

  But I would certainly enjoy going on a caravan when it’s just Ned and me.  And that was very kind of them to include us this evening.

 

After dinner we drove up the road, stopping at the western-most highway in North America in Anchor Point, so named when Captain Cook lost a boat anchor there years ago in his effort to find the Northwest Passage.  It was really beautiful at almost sunset. ("North America’s Most Westerly Highway Point" accessible by a continuous road system. http://www.anchorpointchamber.org/sightseeAP.htm )  Thus, on this trip, we've now been to the farthest north (Inuvik, NWT) and the farthest west points in North America via public roads!  On a clear day you can see 5 active volcanos, but we could see just 2 this evening.  Still, they were impressive sights to us.

 

Finally we stopped at the largest “campground” in Soldotna:  the Fred Meyer’s where they offer RV parking, fresh water, a dump station, a board listing the “overnight” rules (i.

e.  Don’t drag out all your gear and look like you’re camping) and nearby gas, food, and everything we need inside the store (which we shop in to support such RV friendly places).  There are many rigs here.

 

We are tickled pink when we have full water tank and empty holding tanks.  We're completely self-sufficient.  We can take hot showers, cook up a gourmet dinner, whatever we want to do- I love it!

 

In the morning, we’ll drive 10 miles on the spur road (off the highway) to Kenai and then head on to Seward.  I hate to rush, but we also want to get up and down to Valdez- maybe I should look into the ferry to Valdez

 

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful Homer
Beautiful Homer
Homer Wildlife Refuge
Homer Wildlife Refuge
Homer Wildlife Refuge
Homer Wildlife Refuge
Homer Wildlife Refuge
Homer Wildlife Refuge
Ken at Adventure Caravans fishfry
Ken at Adventure Caravan's fishfry
Adventure Caravans fishfry
Adventure Caravan's fishfry
Fellow Texan at Adventure Caravan…
Fellow Texan at Adventure Caravan…
Daddy-on-a-stick loves the hush pu…
Daddy-on-a-stick loves the hush p…
Sherry teaches Lia finger weaving …
Sherry teaches Lia finger weaving…
Charles helps by drawing numbers f…
Charles helps by drawing numbers …
Leaving the fishfry campground
Leaving the fishfry campground
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