Tag Archives: Alaska

Homer, The Cosmic Fishing Hamlet by the Sea

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Homer Alaska is a special place unto itself. It breathes and thrives on it’s own energy generated by the locals, tourists and transients alike.  Here you will smell the ocean mixed with fish combined with the most amazing food aromas you have ever smelled all at once! Here the moods of the ocean and the weather dictate the way you will live your life that day.

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Either view is breathtaking of course! Homer overlooks Kachemak Bay, and some of the most beautiful views on the planet! They change hourly sometimes just to keep it new. Homer is typically cooler and wetter being a maritime community in Alaska. If you choose to visit make sure you come prepared for everything between 80 degrees f and 40 degrees f though, you never quite know what the day will bring.

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Homer’s beaches are all beautiful beyond belief. In the early spring through early summer you can view hundreds of species of shorebirds as well as the year round bounty of sea otters, bald eagles and seals. If you are lucky enough to get out on the water then the chances of seeing one of a few different whale species are good as well.

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Speaking of being on the water, Homer is known as the Halibut fishing capital of the world! At any time during our long Alaskan days you can see folks cleaning their catch at the harbor front fish cleaning stations. You can also fish for salmon and rockfish in the icy waters of Kachemak Bay. There is nothing quite like grilling up some fresh fish tacos on the beach after a long day fishing.

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It’s tough to mention fishing out of Homer without mentioning some of Homer’s very own celebrities. The Hillstrand family have lived there for a long time and you can see the Time Bandit in the harbor during their few downtimes during the year. You may also catch sight of some of the other boats from the Deadliest Catch.  Homer is also home to the reality show Alaska the Last Frontier which follows a family living out east end road living the homesteader lifestyle. I have heard from a friend of mine in Homer that the Kilchers are pretty sweet people.

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Speaking of celebrity, if you find yourself on Homer Spit, stop into the Salty Dawg Saloon. This old lighthouse has been standing guard on the Spit serving decades of salty dawgs coming in off the tumultuous Pacific ocean.  Their adjoining gift shop, The Salty Girls, is where you can buy the iconic Salty Dawg hoodie that nearly every Alaskan owns.  The Blue Urchin and the Alaska Starfish Company are two of my other favorite shops on the Spit. All of them are worth stepping into though.

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Homer is one of those once in a lifetime, magical little towns that you should visit at least once in your life. There is so much to do, see, and eat that you could be busy there all summer long.

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As someone with Celiac with a very food allergic son we don’t get to eat out much. I will recommend the gluten free pizza at the Little Mermaid on the boardwalk by the harbor though, it’s excellent and I have eaten it a few times without issue.

I am also going to recommend three other places on the word of others and knowing the chef personally at two of them. First, Two Sister’s bakery is a must stop, I have never eaten their food, but it is a unanimous resounding yes from anyone who has eaten there. The other two are Fat Olive’s and Maura’s cafe. Again I have never had the pleasure of eating at either, but their chef is a picking buddy of mine and he’s amazing with food. You can see some of his creations on Instagram @big_alaskan_foodie. He is a whiz with local and wild harvest ingredients. So while I haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying either establishment, I will recommend them with flying colors, because I have been privileged enough to been fed by Jimbo.

Happy travels!! Maybe you will see me in Homer.

Alaskan Summer Days, Happy Independence Day!!

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Alaskan summers are magical things. They are fleeting, and yet they will imprint you with the most lasting memories of your lifetime. Whether you are a local or a visitor, you will experience things here that can only exist here in this wonderful season of madness! Alaska summers are also manic. They will love you until you have nothing left and leave you to sleep it off until the following spring.  For those lucky enough to get to understand this, cheers! For those who are curious, let me share it with you here as best as I can.

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I will try my best to post as much as possible, and I have a few adventures to catch you up on. It is now July though, and July means fish! I am filling up the smoker tomorrow and we will be filling the freezers all month. I knew I had to post this on this gift of a dreary day before an exciting weekend.

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So enjoy the campfire smoke and fish scales! Alaskan summer is in full swing! Go out and play, find a trail, walk a beach! Do something to bring you closer to nature and don’t forget to brink snacks and water so there is no disappointment at the end of a long wonderful day. Even the best days can be tainted by hunger.

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So with all of the Alaska love I have to offer, Have a happy fun and safe Independence weekend!

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Busy, Busy Beaver

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Yesterday was a gorgeous day! We decided to take a little journey. When we arrived, we discovered a beaver or multiple beavers have been incredibly busy this winter so far! Here is what we found.

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We looked around for a little while for the culprit. All we found was more busy beaver work and a quick smell of him.

There’s always something new to find on a beautiful sunny day at the lake! You just have to get up and go! I hope everybody has an incredible day!

A Sneak Peek!

Kenai mountains
Kenai mountains

Join me on my adventures this year! Here’s a sneak peek of some of the places we will go!

In the woods
In the woods

We will be hiking,  fishing, beach combing and so much more!

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Let me guide you around the state of Alaska, gluten-free!!

Mt. Redoubt Vocano in the sunset
Mt. Redoubt Volcano in the sunset

Please feel free to suggest any adventures that you might like to experience, from the comfort of your own home.

Thanks for stopping by!