Week 11: Anchor Point and Homer

We spent four days relaxing on the beach near Anchor Point in a fabulous free camp area with incredible sunsets and views of the volcanoes across Cook Inlet. Anchor Point bills itself as “America’s most westerly highway point”.

Next on to Homer, where we spent two nights in a campground at the end of the ‘spit’ near the famous Salty Dawg Saloon, and three nights in an AirBNB next to the lake where many of Homer’s sea planes are based. It was good to get out of the van for a few days.

We did a lot in Homer, including taking a water taxi to Kachemak Bay State Park to hike to the Grewingk Glacier (Brian), a 2 hour nature tour by boat (Christine), the weekly farmers market, the Pratt Museum and their history walking tour, and the excellent Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge visitor center.

The highlight of our stay in Homer was a day trip to Katmai National Park to see the Grizzly bears at Brooks Falls. Even though you can watch the bears anytime live on their webcam, we decided to splurge for a chance to see them in person. After a four hour weather delay, our six person sea plane made the bumpy two hour flight over to ‘Brooks Camp’, where Grizzlys are everywhere! Overall a very special day. After 2 months in Alaska, Christine still had not seen a bear, and I had only seen a few at a distance on my glacier trek. We sure made up for it today!

Check out the full set of photos of Anchor Point and Homer, and from Katmai National Park.

Brooks Falls Bear
Along the coast in Kechemak State Park
Grewingk Lake and Glacier

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