Spit-ting Images

The Homer Spit is a popular spot for a lot of reasons — shopping, launching spot for charter fishing, ferry terminal, boat harbors, restaurants — and we found it full of all those things…

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We wandered through many of the shops, appreciating the sense of humor that spawned a local retailer to draw this on the inside of a window:

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And after reading a few of Sue Henry’s “The End of the Road” mystery (featuring her series heroine Maxie McNabb), I appreciated seeing the real “Better Sweater” shop she mentions in her description of the Spit:

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We stopped at the Seafarer’s Memorial to pay quiet respect. The etching on the arch over the bell reads: “This Bell Tolls For All the Souls Set Free Upon the Sea.” Sometimes we forget, when we bite into a succulent fish filet or snap open a crab leg, that people lose their lives bringing us food from the sea. Memorials such as this one remind us of their sacrifice.

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Of course we couldn’t resist strolling the small boat harbor, where a variety of vessels waited for someone to come along and take them out to sea:

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Just after snapping this photo, Bob gently took me by the arm, “Be careful where you step,” he said, pointing down. How could I have missed this? Too intent on taking a photo across the harbor, I was completely blind to the amazing sight right at my feet:

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We didn’t go any closer, and this seal seemed only a little annoyed we’d interrupted its nap:

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We apologized for waking it up and moved on. So much more to explore on this narrow but lengthy Spit…

…like this cluster of castaway boats. A boat junkyard?

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But this one looked lived in….

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…so we weren’t sure what to think about this ramshackle but intriguing neighborhood of boats.

A couple of parking areas toward the northern end of the Spit gave us a chance to get out and walk to the edge of the Spit on the Kachemak Bay side.

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With so many stunning views across the Bay toward the Kenai Mountains, it’s easy to forget to look down, look close. Plenty of beauty at our feet:

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As July ended and August began, we wandered these beautiful spots, thankful for blue skies and sunshine!

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About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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