As Far West as We Could Travel

Here we are. Notice anything about this unique geographic location? While there are other roads further west than this point in Alaska, those roads are not connected to the North American road system, so we have travelled as far west as we could get with truck and trailer.

Note the coat. The high temperature on this day was 58 degrees F in mid-July. Too hot where you are? Come to the Alaskan shores.

We passed this point on the way to Homer AK from our last stop in Seward. We arrived in Homer in a cold rain and mist, so we both got wet while setting ourselves up after arrival. Here it is in mid-July, and we had the propane heat turned on for awhile to get the chill off. We came as early as we could so that we could make it to the Homer Farmer’s Market before it closed at 3:00.

We had no advanced plans for things to do while in Homer. While almost twice as large as Seward, it is similar in that it has a year-round fishing industry and sightseeing boats and planes. I had only planned on a three night stay, but kind of wish I had given us four nights. I did look with a certain wistful desire at all of the de Haviland Beaver float planes in the area.

Our first full day in Homer started with overcast clouds and fog, but only very light rain which faded away in late morning. We eventually saw the sun again in the mid-afternoon. After stopping in town to buy new rain jackets, we headed out the Homer Spit to see the area and grab some lunch. As the sun appeared, we drove up to the top of town to Skyline Drive for the view.

The Homer Spit (at low tide) from Skyline Drive. At high tide, it is much narrower. The tides here in Homer average close to 20 feet. Downtown Homer is off to the right.
Grewingk Glacier, across the Kachemak Bay from Homer.

We also stopped by an interesting Russian Orthodox Church north of town.

It was not open for visitors though, so CA couldn’t get in to view their icons. Below is a picture of the inside from another person that did make it in a few days before our visit.

Inside the Church

On our second day, we had a leisurely morning then headed out to Bear Creek Winery to sample their fermented fruits concoctions. We enjoyed several of them, and left with almost a full case. And hey, they have a Koi pond! After lunch, we had a nice 5 mile walk along the Homer Spit beach, before heading back to the trailer for afternoon naps and dinner out. Overall, a nice day.

We drove back north this afternoon in heavy rain for a 5 night stay north of Anchorage in Palmer Alaska.

One thought on “As Far West as We Could Travel

  1. Ooh, Jim is enjoying tagging along with you as you cruise his favorite State. Kenai, Soldotna, Cooper River, the rule of letting cars pass you if you have more than 3 stacked up behind you…locals say its either 45 minutes or 45 miles to anywhere from where you are…
    And the awwwwesome halibut he sent home from Homer! Hunting was all done north of the Arctic Circle, but his brother lived in Soldotna for a while. Got Moose??

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