Thursday, July 30, 2009

Summer Road Trip to Homer

It had been quite a while since our last trip down to Homer. It's one of our favorite places. It's about a 5 hour drive from Anchorage.
Fireweed blooming in Johnson Pass,

made the mountains look pink in places.
We took our old van, & camped for 2 nights out on the Spit. I explored the tide pools at low tide, while Warren took a nap in the van. Exhausted from the long drive.
Here are some barnacles on a rock.

Colorful & mysterious seaweed in the tide pool.
I liked this little girl's shock of pink against the misty greys.
These kids were fun to watch, splashing in the frigid water.
I loved the atmospheric perspective of the mountains across the Kachemak Bay.

It was misty & rainy the whole time we were there. I loved it. It felt good to be cool, & breathing moist air. My lungs were pretty abused from the smoke we camped in up at Denali a couple of weeks ago. This was a relief.
This eagle posed nicely for me.
I loved these flowers, growing out of an old boot.

One evening we went to the Bear Creek Winery, just to check it out.
They had several of these cement bowls made from Rhubarb leaves.
I was pleasantly surprised at how good the wines tasted. We ended up buying 3 bottles. I've been having a glass of Blueberry almost every evening since we got home.
I liked the old fashioned till.
This was the view of the bay from the winery. They also have a couple of Suites for rent. We may stay there next trip.
The tide was in when we got back to the Spit. There was an otter floating right where I had been walking the tide pool earlier.
I'd swear I saw him waving.
Out last morning we ate a nice breakfast & had the best coffee we'd had all weekend at the Mermaid Cafe'.

As we left Homer, we stopped at the scenic view park & I snapped the last couple pictures.

Besides the wine, we also bought this bell, that has the most wonderful deep resonating sound.
& a trip to Homer wouldn't be complete without a Halibut.

After we got home, Warren started putting our salmon on the deck rails. He's getting close to being really finished!
Next post will have some fiber content!


Kay said...

Beautiful pictures--thanks. Your new header is lovely too.

Marsel said...

You certainly have some beautiful scenery way up there! Thanks for sharing.

Delighted Hands said...

It was so nice to see the trip-stunning scenery! The deck looks wonderful-the salmon are a perfect touch!

Kathy -MIQuilter said...

Keep the van fired up for next year, I love Homer! Why is that girl in a winter coat??? Seeing all those pictures has me so excited (as we're ready to leave for the Southwest). The new halibut platter is great and your fence looks wonderful.

Elaine Adair said...

Thank you for this lovely photo tour - I'm saving this as NEW for MORE loveliness.

No fiber content - that's OK as long as you keep showing these kinds of beauty. 8-)))

Elaine Adair said...

Oh yes, I forgot about that beauty of a Header!!! That got my attention right away - LUSCIOUS.

Deb Geyer said...

Awesome!! Looks like my kind of trip! I'm so envious!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

HELLO DEB, Love all your photos of Homer. The otter pic was sooo sweet, Of course I fall in love with Alaska again every time I see these kinds of photos. Hugs Judy

Michelle said...

I love your deck! It is gorgeous!