Day 40, 7/8/15, Wednesday
Weather: Sun with some clouds and temperatures in the 70s.
We left Soldotna this morning and proceeded on to Homer. In viewing a map of the Kenai Peninsula, Homer is at the very end of the Kenai and the Sterling Highway. It is also the port from which the state ferry leaves to begin the trip out to Kodiak Island and the Aleutian Islands chain.
On our way, we stopped to visit the city of Kenai. Although some of these communities in Alaska have the title of city, they do not have the population or physical size of what we are familiar with from our home localities. Kenai is a lovely community. As it turned out, Kenai was the first European settlement on mainland Alaska when it was colonized by Russian fur traders. There was a section of the city that had some of the early buildings of that time still standing. One of the buildings was the original Russian Orthodox St. Nicholas chapel built 150 years ago, during the fur trading period. The church is still in use today for two dozen parishioners.
We moved on from Kenai and passed through Kasilof, Clam Gulch, Ninilchik, Anchor Point, and finally Homer, “where the land ends and the sea begins”. Of course, stop one was the visitors center run by the Chamber of Commerce. Paul was anxious to get particular information about the salmon fishing since this was the most famous fishing area of the peninsula. It was also necessary to find out what the current government regulations were for fishing. The rules in Alaska are far more limiting that those back home. They stipulate types of hook, lures, type of casting and all this changes by date. From here, we drove through town and out onto the Homer Spit, the longest spit in the world, which is a narrow peninsula of the peninsula. Everybody is famous for something.
This area did not at all match what we had expected. It turned out to be a typical summer get-away spot that was wall-to-wall people and campers. Although the thought was to turn around and head back to Kenai or Soldotna we did decide to hang in and give it a try. We selected a site in the Homer Spit Campground. After having dinner, we walked to the boardwalk area and checked out the area. The businesses were primarily tours, fishing of different types, bear sighting, preparing fish to be shipped home, etc.
It actually looked dusky, approaching dark about 1-2 am! Tomorrow we plan on checking the ferry schedule to get information on traveling to a part of the Aleutians.
G & P