Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Hello from Homer, Alaska!


Start time: 1015

Start odometer: 12984

Weather:  Cloudy, wet, temperature 54 F.


The town of Homer, located at the end of the Sterling Highway, was named after an early settler of this area.  Approximately 6000 people live here for the winter, mostly involved in the fishing industry, and in businesses to provide typical public services.  It is very popular in the summer, being known as the best place to fish for halibut.  The Alaska record catch for halibut is 459 pounds and the fish can be more than eight feet in length.  Other water sports are enjoyed, including boat trips to water bound communities surrounding the town.



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On the Seward Highway, this rest stop provided information about Beluga whales.

Typical transportation for Alaska.

I drove through Girdwood and visited the Alyeska Ski Resort.

This interesting home was located on the road to Girdwood.

More interesting glaciers off of  the Seward Highway.

I stopped for a return visit to Portage Lake.

A view of the Portage Lake tunnel.

After arriving on the Kenai Peninsula, I stopped in the town of Hope, a historic gold rush town.

From the end of Hope, looking northwest towards Turnagain Arm.

Mountains near Hope.

This is the bar side of Seaview Cafe and Bar...

...And this is the cafe side, with their Trading Post to the right.

The town Social Hall.

Further west of Hope, I stopped to take a hike to an overlook.  Here the fall colors were becoming more apparent.

The view of Turnagain Arm from the overlook.


Routes traveled today: Ak 1

Hotel: Driftwood Inn -


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