A seaside community nestled on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula, Homer sits on the shores of Kachemak Bay. We stayed in a wonderful cabin, Alaskan Suites, that sat atop a hill overlooking Cook Inlet. From our deck we had a spectacular view and could see an active volcano across the Inlet, and enjoy the view of bald eagle nest right behind our cabin. We sat in the hot tub and watched the mother eagle feed her eaglets!
The Homer Spit is a strange place. The “spit” is a long narrow peninsula . As we entered the business district, we saw dozens of tents on the beach where people were camping, and we passed the rusted out remnants of old fishing boats – not a very pretty landscape! We also noticed quite a few uprooted trees that had been replanted upside-down – with the root base high up in the air. We later learned that these make great nesting perches for bald eagles. And then further on we arrived at the fishing docks and lots of unique stores selling handmade sweaters and carvings made from whale bone. A quick stop at the Salty Dog revealed grizzly fishermen enjoying their grog in the bar that had walls covered with hundreds of signed dollar bills.
A few years earlier, Jim and Kenny placed a “Travelbug” in a Geocache in Pennsylvania. Travelbugs are registered and include a numbered dogtag and their travels are logged on the Geocaching website as people find one and move it to another location. Kenny’s Travelbug, Merry from Lord of the Rings travelled all over the country and then Kenny and Jim retrieved him in upstate New York. Kenny wanted to place him next in a Geocache in Alaska, and he found the perfect cache among the boulders on the Homer Spit.