A visit to Homer Spit on this warm summer day.
Homer, AK is at the end of the Sterling Highway on the Kenai Peninsula with a population of over 5000 people that enjoy the beautiful scenery and the fun activities available here.
|Homer Spit, Alaska|
|Marina on Kachemak Bay|
There are also sightseeing and charter fishing businesses that line Homer’s small boat harbour and port facilities. Commercial fishing is an important part of the local economy. The marina shows there are all sizes and kinds of boats which are used to enjoy the waters here. We were told, unofficially, that most fish caught in past years were much bigger than what is being caught these days. There is one big halibut shown in the next photo with others that are much smaller.
|Halibut catch in Homer, AK|
Homer is known as the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World” because it lands more halibut than any other port in the world. This photo shows a catch of the day from one of the charters. They are hung for the photos being taken by passers-by and the fishermen. The fish will be cleaned and packaged before being given back to those who caught them and we watched some of that being done.
|Salty Dawg Saloon of Homer Spit, AK|
|Seafarer's Memorial at Homer, AK|
The Seafarer’s Memorial was created as “A tribute to the living and the lost”. There are more than 70 names of fishermen and the dates they died engraved on plaques inside the memorial. They date back to 1934 and also commemorate the loss of lives at sea that did not involve commercial fishing. It is an ongoing project and continues to expand.
|RV park in Homer, AK|
|Our morning view on Homer Spit, AK|
|Kite-surfing on Kachemak Bay|
We’d spent the day wandering and enjoying the sights on Homer Spit then moved our chairs down onto the beach to watch our own kite-surfing show, a common sight on these beaches. There were several of them out there having a great time. This time of our day is usually spent relaxing, talking about the sights we'd seen and enjoying the view and that is what we did while the young-uns did the kite-surfing.
|Kenai Mountains of Alaska|
This was our amazing view from the beach in front of our RV. Homer is on the southeast side of the Kenai Peninsula and these are the Kenai Mountains. It is not hard to believe what draws the tourism in with all the sights and activities available. Homer is the hometown of the singer Jewel and for those fans of reality television, this is also the home of her family, the Kilcher’s of Alaska: The Last Frontier.