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Homer, Alaska


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a historic village in Alaska, with wooden house shops along a land spit into the sea

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Homer, Alaska

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. City of Homer
  3. 3. <ul><li>Homer data: </li></ul><ul><li>Longitude 151° 25' W </li></ul><ul><li>Latitude 59° 36' N </li></ul><ul><li>population 5 400 </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Whether you come by land… </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>By air… </li></ul>
  6. 6. Or by water…
  7. 7. Getting to Homer is an odyssey ! All routes cross a region of natural wonders:
  8. 8. Kachemak bay
  9. 9. <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>
  10. 12. <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>
  11. 13. <ul><li>The 1 260 m high volcano has created its own island of past eruptions’ debris. Images are from 2006 eruption. </li></ul>
  12. 18. Homer : mountains, glaciers, dense evergreen forests, the 4½ mile long sand spit, and a thriving community.
  13. 19. The Homer spit with the Kachemak Bay and snowy peaks.
  14. 21. <ul><li>The Homer Spit is the exposed part of an underwater moraine from an extinct tidewater glacier. </li></ul>
  15. 26. 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.
  16. 27. <ul><li>The old post office </li></ul>
  17. 28. and the new one.
  18. 29. <ul><li>Kbbi, Homer radio station “ Where the Sound Meets The Sea ” </li></ul>
  19. 30. 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.
  20. 31. Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center http:// / <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>
  21. 33. <ul><li>Seal skin kayak on display at the Ocean & Islands Visitor Center </li></ul>
  22. 34. <ul><li>Includes outdoor botanic garden, Harrington historic cabin… </li></ul><ul><li>http :// </li></ul>
  23. 35. <ul><li>The Pratt Museum shows the Kachemak Bay wildlife and a marine gallery, alaskan art, native peoples culture displays. </li></ul>
  24. 39. <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>
  25. 41. <ul><li>Orthodox mission church in Homer </li></ul>
  26. 45. <ul><li>Homer theatre </li></ul>
  27. 46. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Theater, movies, shows </li></ul>
  28. 47. <ul><li>Bunnell Street Arts Center </li></ul>
  29. 48. <ul><li>Bunnell Street Arts Center exhibiting center for innovative contemporary Alaskan artwork, lectures, discussions and concerts. </li></ul>
  30. 49. <ul><li>Homer Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>Opened the doors at September 16, 2006 </li></ul>
  31. 50. <ul><li>“ All through the house” , shop on Pioneer Avenue </li></ul>
  32. 51. <ul><li>Landmark bar and party room </li></ul>Alice's Champagne Palace
  33. 53. <ul><li>Historic Hotel in the heart of downtown Homer, Pioneer Avenue </li></ul>
  34. 54. <ul><li>Duncan House Diner </li></ul><ul><li>Homely local restraunt, filled with antiques </li></ul>
  35. 56. <ul><li>Beluga lake </li></ul>
  36. 57. <ul><li>A 1968 Helio H-295 in Homer. </li></ul><ul><li>This aircraft is typically seen at the west end of Beluga Lake along Lake Drive. </li></ul>
  37. 58. <ul><li>Kachemack Bay Air Service Beluga Lake </li></ul>
  38. 59. <ul><li>This Travel Air 6000 has been working continuously since 1929. </li></ul><ul><li>It's based in Homer. </li></ul>
  39. 60. <ul><li>Floatplane Lodge, B&B by the water at Beluga lake. </li></ul>
  40. 61. <ul><li>Beluga Lake drive </li></ul>
  41. 62. <ul><li>Café Cups </li></ul>
  42. 67. <ul><li>Café Cups , </li></ul><ul><li>on Pioneer Avenue </li></ul><ul><li>Coulored mosaics and large cups reminiscent of the “Alice in Wonderland” </li></ul>
  43. 68. Cafe cups is a charming, eclectic restaurant in Homer
  44. 70. <ul><li>Serves creative sandwiches and wonderful desserts </li></ul>
  45. 71. <ul><li>The Homer bookstore </li></ul><ul><li>with expresso </li></ul><ul><li>Also in Pioneer avenue. </li></ul>
  46. 73. <ul><li>Expresso to go ?! </li></ul>
  47. 74. The Sweet Berries Café In the heart of Homer, in one of its oldest buildings
  48. 76. <ul><li>The Tsunami café </li></ul>
  49. 77. <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>
  50. 78. <ul><li>The Mermaid Café </li></ul><ul><li>A charming Victorian style construction - features local artwork. </li></ul>
  51. 80. <ul><li>Since 1946 </li></ul>
  52. 81. Handmade wild berry jams and jellies, smoked salmon, ulu knives, souvenirs, gifts, and gift baskets from Alaska.
  53. 82. <ul><li>The Driftwood inn </li></ul>
  54. 83. <ul><li>Historic Inn l ocated next to the beach, in the area of downtown Homer. </li></ul>
  55. 85. <ul><li>The Homer Lighthouse </li></ul><ul><li>It never worked, and is now part of cabin tourist complex. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s located at the beginning of the Homer Spit. </li></ul>
  56. 86. <ul><li>At low tide </li></ul>
  57. 90. <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 &quot; 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>
  58. 91. Shopping Map
  59. 92. <ul><li>Homer Harbour </li></ul>
  60. 97. <ul><li>Low tide, at the dock on the Spit, to off-load fish. </li></ul>
  61. 99. <ul><li>116 pound halibut, the main source of income </li></ul>
  62. 101. <ul><li>Homer restaurants specialised in halibut gourmand cooking… </li></ul>
  63. 102. <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>
  64. 103. <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> </li></ul>Pier One theater
  65. 104. <ul><li>To the famous Homer Spit Boardwalk </li></ul>
  66. 117. Cute storefronts along the Homer Spit .
  67. 119. <ul><li>The Boardwalk bakery </li></ul>
  68. 120. <ul><li>Jimmy, ivory carver </li></ul><ul><li>a Homer ivory carver working to keep Aleut’s art alive </li></ul>
  69. 122. To keep your north
  70. 123. <ul><li>Coal point trading, seafood </li></ul>
  71. 124. <ul><li>Alaskan seafood: </li></ul><ul><li>The halibut , mild tasting fish, or the wilder taste of salmon. </li></ul>
  72. 126. <ul><li>The Roadhouse </li></ul><ul><li>Jewelry, gifts, souvenirs </li></ul>
  73. 127. Cool looking building…
  74. 129. <ul><li>Shops align along the boardwalk </li></ul>
  75. 130. <ul><li>Homer Clayworks </li></ul>
  76. 133. <ul><li>The Spirit of Alaska </li></ul><ul><li>Native crafts in a museum where the displays are for sale. </li></ul>
  77. 134. Fish and Chips anywhere
  78. 136. <ul><li>Lazerette, gifts </li></ul>
  79. 140. <ul><li>The new Time Bandit gift shop. </li></ul>
  80. 141. <ul><li>The Spit Sisters Cafe </li></ul><ul><li>serves locally roasted coffee and espresso </li></ul>
  81. 146. <ul><li>Fresh seafood, fish and chips with a view… </li></ul>
  82. 147. <ul><li>Lazy M, leather </li></ul><ul><li>Still on the boardwalk </li></ul>
  83. 148. <ul><li>Flowerpots </li></ul><ul><li>A local decoration syle </li></ul>
  84. 151. <ul><li>Gold Mine Gifts </li></ul><ul><li>Huge gift shop, with snow covered roof. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  85. 152. Wild Alaskan Berry jams, jellies, honeys, and syrups
  86. 153. 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.
  87. 154. <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>
  88. 158.
  89. 160. <ul><li>The Seafarer's Memorial </li></ul>
  90. 163. <ul><li>Land’s End Resort </li></ul><ul><li>Homer's only seafront hotel with p anoramic views of Kachemak Bay , the Kenai Mountains and it's glaciers </li></ul>
  91. 165. <ul><li>Room with </li></ul><ul><li>a view </li></ul>
  92. 168. The Spit at dusk
  93. 171. <ul><li>Homer’s Wooden Boat Show </li></ul>
  94. 172. <ul><li>Each year in early May the citizens of Homer put on a wooden boat show, known officially as the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Festival . </li></ul>
  95. 177. <ul><li>Some Native crafts </li></ul>
  96. 180. <ul><li>Ulu knife </li></ul>
  97. 181. <ul><li>Puffin brooch </li></ul>
  98. 182. Homer in winter
  99. 184. <ul><li>The orthodox church </li></ul>
  100. 185. <ul><li>Around Homer </li></ul>
  101. 186. <ul><li>The Roundhouse of Homer is nestled in a quiet neighborhood across the road from one of the best walking beaches on Kachemak Bay. A cabin for tourist lodging. </li></ul>
  102. 187. <ul><li>9 miles north of Homer, a must-see pottery </li></ul>
  103. 188. <ul><li>The Russian villages: </li></ul><ul><li>Nicolaevsk and Ninilchik </li></ul>
  104. 189. <ul><li>Samovar café and gift shop, Nicolaevsk , </li></ul><ul><li>25 miles from Homer </li></ul>
  105. 192. <ul><li>Service is unbelievable! </li></ul>
  106. 193. <ul><li>And dessert… </li></ul>
  107. 194. <ul><li>The Transfiguration of Our Lord russian Orthodox Church, Ninilchik </li></ul>
  108. 201. <ul><li>Landscapes, flora and fauna </li></ul>
  109. 204. Lupine and Kachemak Bay
  110. 208. <ul><li>Rriding a wave during a cold winter surf. The snowy Kenai mountain range rises from Kachemak Bay , </li></ul>
  111. 209. <ul><li>Homer beach </li></ul>Sit and watch the eagles fight over their salmon catch
  112. 215. <ul><li>Alaska Marine Ferry Tustumena. </li></ul>
  113. 217. <ul><li>Sources: </li></ul><ul><li>Photos and text excerpts from </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>http :// </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>http :// </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>© Mario Ricca, 2009