Homer, Alaska Homer is a small community at the end of Kachemak Bay, Alaska, surrounded by mountains, glaciers and volcanoes. Bald eagles fly and fish there by hundreds. Many of the locals are artists of several arts - painting, pottery, sculpture, music and more. There are fine galleries, a museum and several nature centers.
<ul><li>Grewingk Glacier is a 13-mile-long (21 km) glacier located in the Chugach Mountains, near Kachemak Bay, 24 km east-southeast of Homer. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Mt. Augustine volcano above Kachemak Bay . </li></ul><ul><li>Augustine is an active volcano. Each huge landslide coming off its flanks raises a tsunami upon reaching the sea, and these great waves may raise well higher than the surrounding coastal settlements. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The 1 260 m high volcano has created its own island of past eruptions’ debris. Images are from 2006 eruption. </li></ul>
Homer : mountains, glaciers, dense evergreen forests, the 4½ mile long sand spit, and a thriving community.
The Homer spit with the Kachemak Bay and snowy peaks.
<ul><li>The Homer Spit is the exposed part of an underwater moraine from an extinct tidewater glacier. </li></ul>
Homer town still displays some beautiful buildings and cabins, mainly shops, cafés and hotels along Pioneer Avenue . But new buildings also house some of the best attractions in town.
<ul><li>Kbbi, Homer radio station “ Where the Sound Meets The Sea ” </li></ul>
Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge This 37,000-square-foot facility offers trails, state-of-the-art exhibits, a refuge film, daily naturalist programs in summer, and a discovery lab.
Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center http:// www.islandsandocean.org / <ul><li>The Homer Maritime Refuge Museum visitor's center is really impressive. The building is an architectural jewel and the displays are beautiful and innovative. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Seal skin kayak on display at the Ocean & Islands Visitor Center </li></ul>
<ul><li>The Pratt Museum shows the Kachemak Bay wildlife and a marine gallery, alaskan art, native peoples culture displays. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Outside the Museum is the Harrington Homestead Cabin. It tells many stories about the hard-working people who homesteaded the Kachemak Bay area: hand tools, daily diaries, crochet work and kitchen supplies, the history of a self-reliant era. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Orthodox mission church in Homer </li></ul>
<ul><li>The Homer Spit sits about 19 feet above sea level, making it susceptible to storm surge. Tsunamis are also a known threat. An explosion from the nearby Augustine Volcano could bring a giant wave to the Spit within minutes, giving residents very little time to react. </li></ul><ul><li>Accounts of the 1883 eruption of the volcano describe 6- to 9-meter-high waves that struck the coastline. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The Mermaid Café </li></ul><ul><li>A charming Victorian style construction - features local artwork. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The Homer Spit is a piece of land that juts out 5 miles into Kachemak Bay . Numerous businesses are located on the spit, that plays an important part in Homer's economy. The Boat Harbour is located on The Spit. </li></ul><ul><li>In the 1960s, several hippies , known as " spit rats “, traveled from all around to camp on the Homer Spit, many of them becoming successful commercial fisherman over time. </li></ul><ul><li>The Spit features the longest road into ocean waters in the entire world, taking up 10 to 15 minutes to cover by car. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Low tide, at the dock on the Spit, to off-load fish. </li></ul>
<ul><li>116 pound halibut, the main source of income </li></ul>
<ul><li>Homer restaurants specialised in halibut gourmand cooking… </li></ul>
<ul><li>The harbour contains both deep and shallow water docks and serves up to 1500 commercial and pleasure boats at its summer peak . The Time Bandit from the Aleutian islands is a frequent visitor . </li></ul>
<ul><li>Live theater on the Homer spit. </li></ul><ul><li>Pier One is located on the Spit , and it is a community effort that guarantees fun and a variety of entertainment from dramatic plays to musicals. </li></ul><ul><li>http://pieronetheatre.art.officelive.com/default.aspx </li></ul>Pier One theater
<ul><li>To the famous Homer Spit Boardwalk </li></ul>
<ul><li>Fresh seafood, fish and chips with a view… </li></ul>
<ul><li>Lazy M, leather </li></ul><ul><li>Still on the boardwalk </li></ul>
<ul><li>Flowerpots </li></ul><ul><li>A local decoration syle </li></ul>
<ul><li>Gold Mine Gifts </li></ul><ul><li>Huge gift shop, with snow covered roof. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.alaska.net/~homergm/ </li></ul>
Wild Alaskan Berry jams, jellies, honeys, and syrups
The infamous Salty Dawg saloon The Salty Dawg was of the first cabins built in 1897, soon after Homer became a town. The distinctive lighthouse tower was added to cover a water storage tank, thus completing one of Homer's more historical and recognizable landmarks.
<ul><li>The cabin first served as the post office, a railroad station, a grocery store, then a coal mining office for twenty years. </li></ul>