We are back in Homer, Alaska, again. We really enjoy Homer. It always draws us back. We are again staying in the city campground, out on the Homer Spit. I like to look at the boats and go fishing.
During the winter and into the spring, there were boats, ships, and barges pulled up out of the water onto the flat surface of the campground for refit and maintenance. We were here this spring, with all the activity. Some people may have thought of it as a nuisance, but I enjoyed watching the work on the boats, and especially the launching of a large powered barge.
The barge was on blocking for the work being done. When it came time to launch it, they placed several long air bags under the barge and inflated them. These round air bags looked like giant black salamis. Then, they took out the blocking. They could then roll this 40-foot by 200-foot barge down to the water.
The boats and barges are out of the campground now and the contractors have cleaned up the area better than I have ever seen it. The beach area is bladed smooth, and the pile of metal and weeds that has always been in the corner of the beachfront is gone.
If you like to look at boats, the harbor is right next to the campground. You can walk over and watch people launching and pulling out their boats.
The city has just put a paved walkway around the harbor. You can walk around looking at the tenders, fishing boats, and workboats on one side. Or, walk along the other side, past the pleasure boats to the gift shops, restaurants, fishing charter offices, and other venders. Keep walking to the end, and you may be able to see fishing boats unloading their catches of halibut or salmon with the big yellow cranes at the fish dock.
Homer is excellent for fishing. If you want to fish from shore, you can fish in the spit lagoon for salmon. Or, go out to the end of the spit and fish for Pollock, flounder, an occasional halibut, and several other species. Fishing from shore is free, except for your fishing license and supplies
There are also many charters, for halibut, salmon, or rockfish. You can go out on a half-day or full day charter. They charter private party “six-packs” with six passengers, or party boat of 20 or more. Some charters will take observers, who don’t fish, but who want to enjoy a day on the water, for a reduced rate.
It’s always beautiful in Homer. When it’s sunny and clear, you can see the snow covered mountains and glaciers across the bay. When it’s rainy, it’s snarly, with breakers hitting the shoreline along the edge of the campground, and fog shrouding the view.
If you get a chance to get to Homer, enjoy all the commercial attractions. But also slow down and just enjoy Homer through your eyes, soaking in everything there is to see. That’s a lot of what we do when we go back to Homer, time and time again.
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