Next, it was off to Homer, the Halibut fishing capital of the world. Along the way, we were treated to more spectacular landscapes and what should have been a 2 ½ hour drive ended up taking most of the day.
Homer has a population of just over 5000 people and it’s position on the Kachemack Bay made for some incredible photography, particular in the higher parts of town.
The Homer Spit is a 7km long gravel bar, which we were told was a great spot to find Bald Eagles. The spit houses a number of restaurants, the Salty Dog Saloon and a number of quaint shops, many of which had already closed in preparation for the change in season. We found a couple of Bald Eagles, but this time they were a little far away for a clear, sharp shot. But the buildings on the spit made for some very interesting photography.
A must on any visit to Homer is a meal at the Fat Olive restaurant, which is owned by an artist who spent some time in Australia and whose art is largely influenced by Aboriginal dot art. The food and service were fantastic.
But like every journey, there is an ending and after a night in Homer, it was time to make our way back to Anchorage. But not before another shot of a Bald Eagle!
The drive from Homer to Anchorage was like most drives we’d taken in Alaska, breathtaking. Again we didn’t rush the drive and made frequent stops along the way to take photos of the incredible landscapes including lakes that reflected like mirrors and the snow-capped peaks of the mountain ranges.
Arriving back in Anchorage it was somewhat cooler than almost 14 days earlier and there was a lot more snow on the mountains around Anchorage. Our arrival also coincided with the annual Anchorage Pirate Pub Crawl, dinner that night was entertaining!
The journey home to Brisbane would take 31hrs. An early morning flight from Anchorage to Seattle, Seattle to LA and LA to Brisbane. Thankfully, an upgrade to business class made the LA to Brisbane leg so much more comfortable. But the 31hrs also provided a great opportunity to reflect on an incredible journey. I’d stood in front of landscapes of immense beauty, visited unique and out of the way places and along the way met some amazing people. There is so much beauty in this world….explore it.
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