Canada & Alaska

Michele & Stephen's trip in 2013

It's All About the Fish

We are camped parked at Homer at the end of the Stirling Highway on Kechemak Bay. We and several hundred other RVs are parked in gravel car parks on a narrow spit of black land that juts out a couple of kilometers into the sea.

The camping area is not attractive, but that is not important.

It is raining, but that is not important.

The distant mountains are beautiful and snow covered, but that is not important.

There is an impressive free Alaska Islands and Ocean Centre here as well as an interesting museum. None of that is important.

What matters is the fishing!

If you have the money then you will have brought your boat with you.

If not you may want to charter one.

Failing that, anybody can fish in the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon, just behind where we are parked.

It is true that the lagoon is not attractive (it compares unfavorably with many a slag-heap).

But for a keen fisherman it does have one great advantage.

Whilst you are honing your sport fishing skills...

...they deliver your fish by tanker and pipe them straight into the lagoon!

Admittedly you are meant to wait a couple of years for them to return from the sea before you catch them.

Like much of Alaska there are a lot of interesting eccentrics in Homer.

This was one of the more interesting, and less rude bumper stickers seen in Homer.

Lots of birds hang around waiting for scraps from the many fish cleaning stations scattered around Homer Spit like this seagull (and bald eagle).

Lots of birds hang around waiting for scraps from the many fish cleaning stations scattered around Homer Spit like this bald eagle (and seagull).