Tourists

Today we got some work done and then wandered around the Homer Spit grabbing lunch at the Lands End Restaurant’s – the Chart Room. Fairly tasty and reasonable value – more than we were expecting for what seems like a fairly touristy place.

The weather is better than yesterday giving us a view of the beautiful mountains in the distance. However, for the most part it has still continued to keep up it’s foggy, cloudy, dreary attitude. After a stroll along the beach we ducked into a few tour operators places to price out some tours. Depending on what you want, they’re not cheap.

2011-08-23-Beach.jpg2011-08-23-Near the harbour.jpg2011-08-23-Gulls.jpg2011-08-23-Some sunshine.jpg2011-08-23-More rain in between the sunshine.jpg2011-08-23-From shore.jpg2011-08-23-Looking for volcanos.jpgFishing tours are probably the big draw here. I wouldn’t mind going fishing but I am not so in love with the idea as to drag myself out on a boat all day in the rain. Perhaps we’ll save the fishing for some warmer seas.

2011-08-23-Fisherman.jpg2011-08-23-Shore fishing.jpg2011-08-23-Scavengers.jpg2011-08-23-Dumpster diving.jpgOne of the other popular options in Homer are bear tours because Katmai National Park is home to about 2000 grizzly’s. These tours fly you out for a day of bear viewing which sounds like it could be cool. After investigating further we found that the cost is pretty steep at about $600/person and for most operators, you must bring in everything you need. After checking some reviews, many said they loved it we also found several folks found the experience to be very restrictive, and some found it downright boring after a while. Generally, Andrew and I prefer to stay away from tours if possible because it can sometimes limit your freedom. Based on the reviews, it looks like others felt the same. Unfortunately, as in this case, tours are sometimes the only option. The one thing that did surprise me is the packing list includes bringing your own food – I’m not opposed to packing my own lunch but in the past we’ve done some amazing tours – like our Moonlight Paddle for a really reasonable price and they supplied us with a great spread of food and drink. Being 15 times more expensive than kayaking, I would have hoped they would at least supply some food for their guests. Unfortunately, most actually don’t, which is disappointing. Right now its not looking like we’re set on booking, but since it’s one of those things you would likely only get to do in Alaska, I wouldn’t rule it out completely as an option. At the same time, I’m also prepared to keep looking.

For the evening, we caved and got a campsite at the Homer Spit Campground to grab a shower and have some reliable wifi. After some more shopping around, we found a spot charging $20 per night with no power. Showers cost and extra $1/person/shower. (Power was an extra $20/night – which was a bit silly). It is still certainly better than $70+/night and we still managed a bit of a view, some wifi, showers, and ability to run the generator if needed. Not bad at all.2011-08-23-Camp for the night.jpg2011-08-23-Our view.jpg2011-08-23-Fantastic.jpg