Monday, July 20, 2015

Homer - Staying on the Spit

Homer is known as the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World. However, though we had thought about going on a fishing trip, we are just not fisherpeople. We just love to eat it and we have been going out a lot doing just that. We spent our first night here at a commercial campground, Heritage RV Resort. We stayed there mainly to do our laundry and have wifi. We weren't able to get a site right on the water and it is expensive, so the next day we headed out and got a great spot at a City Campground right on the water. Plus the price is right at 15 dollars a night versus 65 for the commercial one. Homer is a town of undr 6,000 people but very busy in the summer months. You drive through the main part of town and then continue on the spit which you can see in the picture below.

The area at the end of the Spit has a lot of shops and restauirants and places where you can set up charters for fishing and other activities. 

One of the restaurants we ate at
We had a drink at the famous Salty Dog, where it is a tradition to add dollar bills to the ceilings and walls.

I guess the dollar below could be the Oregon Ducks but I think it is the Anaheim Ducks, who are going to win the Stanley Cup next season. Go Ducks!!!

We enjoyed our time relaxing at our waterfront location. It rained the day we got there and was cold most of the time but that's okay. It was nice to just relax and read our kindles. We also got internet on Fox Fi, though the MiFi still doesn't work. 

Can you see the rain drops on this picture

We took lots of walks on the beach. Savannah is a true beach dog. She got to be off leash for awhile and just ran around having a great old time. 

The beach was pretty popular with lots of things goiing on. There were horseback riders every day and they had some kind of event one day.

One day we drove back up to Anchor Point, the town furthest west on the US Highway system, We also drove through the cute historic part of Homer and walked on the beach there..

We went to the Farmers Market on Wednesday and again on Saturday. We got some fresh items as well as some interesting jams, such as fireweed jam and sweet potato apple butter. I got some beets and fresh dill for a beet potato salad I made while in Homer. We also ate our at a few spots, including on my birthday. 

Crab and Cheese Fondue

The sushi we had at an asian restaurat was excellent. At first we weren't sure what to expect. The menu had chinese, japanese, fish and chip;s, etc etc. We shared the sushi roll and then shared some halibut fish and chips. The fish and chips were good but we wish we had gotten more sushi instead. The people next to us got several types of sushi and that also looked very good. The chef certainly knew his sushi. If that dinner hadn't been on our last night here, we would have gone back for more sushi. We also bought some smoked halibut and I made smoked halibut corn chowder whch came out very good.  I bought some extra to freeze so there will be more smoked halibut chowder in the future.

Well, we had a great week here in Homer and got a few days of sun which was nice though still cool. There average temp in the summer is only 60 degrees and that is what it was this weel. We are now headed back up north just a short way. Stay tune for further adventures of Nikki and Joe.

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