26 - Heritage RV Park, Homer Alaska

Sunday 7/24 we arrived at Heritage RV Park in Homer. The park is rightly on the Homer Spit which is surrounded by the Kachemak Bay. On the way there Abby got to run in a field when we stopped for lunch. She was in absolute GSP Happy Land. Then once we got there and realized she could run on the beach and the water she was deliriously happy.

That evening we walked around the tourist area and went to Captain Patti’s for dinner. It was very crowded by had several nice shops.

Monday 7/25

On , we went to the Alaskan Maritime National Wildlife Refuge & Visitor Center. After visiting the center, we took a short walk down near the water. Before Dinner we went to the Salty Dawg Saloon. It’s a tiny little bar that has been there since 1957 (before statehood) and people sign dollars and put them up on the wall. We did not disappoint.

We went to Lands End for dinner. It is at the tip of the spit and a wonderful setting as we watched the otters out in the water. Unfortunately the menu was very limited (nothing I saw online and decided on was on the menu) and service was not great. In the kitchen they were working with 4 people when they usually have 10-12 at this point in the season. We have seen this issue consistently in our travels this year and last.

Tuesday 7/26, Mike and I went bear viewing. It was the highlight of our trip and decided it was worth a page of it’s own. Please look at 26a Katami National Park for the fabulous pictures Mike got.

Wednesday 7/27, was a quiet day from a tourist perspective. I spent a few hours cleaning the RV for our company starting the next day. Mike took Abby for a long walk on the water and ran errands taking Abby to keep her out as much as possible while I cleaned. In the late afternoon we went for an early dinner at AJ’s Steakhouse. We could only get a reservation at 4:15 or 8:30. Since Mike and I were getting up at 4:00am the next morning we thought the early one was best. The dinner was very good, certainly better than the night before.

Interesting Facts about Homer, Alaska

Homer is a city in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is 218 mi southwest of Anchorage. According to the 2020 Census, the population is 5,522, up from 5,003 in 2010. Long known as the "Halibut Fishing Capital of the World", Homer is also nicknamed "the end of the road".

The only road into Homer is the Sterling Highway. Homer is on the shore of Kachemak Bay on the southwest side of the Kenai Peninsula. Its distinguishing feature is the Homer Spit, a narrow 4.5 mi long gravel bar that extends into the bay, on which is located the Homer Harbor.

Much of the coastline, as well as the Homer Spit, sank dramatically during the Good Friday earthquake in March 1964. After the earthquake, very little vegetation was able to survive on the Homer Spit.

The town has a total area of 25.5 square miles, of which 15 square miles are land and 10.5 square miles are covered by water.

Homer has a moderate subarctic coastal climate, which causes its weather to be moderate compared to interior Alaska. Winters are snowy and long, but not particularly cold, with the average January high only slightly below freezing.

The annual snowfall averages 50 inches per season, falling primarily from November through March, with some accumulation in October and April but rarely in May.

Homer receives only about 25 inches of rainfall annually due to the influence of the Chugach Mountains to the southeast, which shelter it from the Gulf of Alaska.

Notable person from Homer in Jewel, the singer/songwriter.

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