The nicest part of road trips is being able to stop whenever you see something pretty. The problem in Alaska is that everything is gorgeous. It is hard to drive anywhere because you are stopping all of the time. It already takes a long time to get anywhere here. We headed to Homer for an overnight birthday trip.We stopped if we felt like it. If we saw a cliff and wanted to know what was on the other side, we went to check it out.Eventually, we made it all the way to Homer. We found our cabin and admired the view. Homer is beautiful with water everywhere and big mountains and glaciers visible from town.Homer spit is a big draw and we headed there immediately. Going into the Salty Dawg is mandatory.We found a great restaurant at the recommendation of our cabin owners. What a beautiful place. The decorations are one of a kind and the food was outstanding. We ate enough to keep us full for our adventures the next day. The next day, we looked off the balcony and figured we should get to the glacier that we could see while eating breakfast.The biggest problem is that it is on the other side of Kachemak Bay. Luckily, there are a few boat owners around that were willing to drop us off near Halibut Cove so we could hike to the glacier.
We jumped out like a relaxed D-day and watched the boat leave.
That is when you start hoping they will come back when they promised. Or that you will make it to the extraction point. Or that you should have brought some bear deterrent. Although we did have cell phone service the whole time. There are many well maintained trails on the opposite side of the bay. The hike was beautiful.
While there were no Humpies (pink salmon), there was a beautiful view and a rare way to cross the creek. Well, it is rare for us before moving to Alaska. This is the second hike we have been on with a hand tram used to cross a river.
Eventually, we hiked to the glacier. It turns out we hiked to the lake that is made by the glacier. We couldn’t actually get to the glacier from where we were if we wanted to get picked up today.
Amanda did get to touch the glacier. In her own way.
Happy Birthday Amanda!