Every city we visit on the Kenai Peninsula becomes our favorite and Homer is no different. We ended up at the Elks Lodge for a night before we headed down to the Homer Spit.
We lucked out with a spot right next to our buddies Tim & Kerri at Mariner’s Park. For 15 bucks a night for a waterfront spot, we quickly paid up through the following weekend and set up shop.
The view from our Airstream window.
Dan’s corner office isn’t so shabby this week. The office cat behind him agrees.
Mariner Park is near the start of the road that leads to the Homer Spit, which is actually the longest road into ocean waters in the entire world. How about that!
Since we are staying for over a week, the chairs, toys and blankets get taken out along with their art supplies.
The kids went straight to work by collecting sea shells, painting them and displaying them on our picnic table.
They also found the largest bullwhip seaweed and dragged it back to camp to decorate our fire pit. But before they new it, one of the dogs we were camping with ingested most of it. So, I guess it’s edible!
They kids were super excited to spend more time with their friend Bode of Bodeswell. Play outside all day, Minecraft all night.
At the end of each work day, the adults shut down their computers… walk their dogs…
… and play some tunes.
Slowly but surely we all gather together for some drinks, laughter and good company.
We were looking forward on meeting our online Instagram friends Ariana and Caleb in real life during our summer in Alaska. It just happened that our paths crossed while here in Homer. They also spending their summer in Alaska with their puppy Shawn in their Land Cruiser.
They actually got to park their rig on the beach for only $8 a night since they are classified as a tent site.
One of my favorite shots of the trip.
We were lucky to get a clear view of a blue moon during our stay.
I love this unplanned convergence in Homer. So many travelers in all kinds of rigs. It doesn’t matter what kind of rig you are in. If your dream is to travel, figure it out. Get out there and follow your dreams.
I love when people are worried that roadschool friends never have a chance to socialize. My kids love hanging out with all kinds of people, of all ages. Especially this little guy. And especially when someone offers him soda pop.
Life on the road doesn’t have to be lonely if you don’t want it to be. We had no idea this kind of traveling community was out here when we bought the Airstream 7 years ago but so glad there is.
We actually left a beach a few times during our stay. Twice to visit Two Sister’s Bakery. Everything we had there was delicious. I’m drooling just thinking about those cinnamon rolls.
And they had a cool play area for the kids outside. Ours of course dumped all of the toys out of the bucket and rolled each other with it instead. Haha.
Kids and dogs and laughter everywhere.
Luka and Wynne bonding over their love for Paw Patrol. Interesting spot to sit, Luka!
We also took a trip to the visitor’s center in town to learn more about Homer.
While we were out Kerri took a trip to farmer’s market and found a deal on oysters.
And was kind enough to share the bounty.
I love the randomness of what happens when we live on the road. A random ride on a horse buggy with a principal from one of the schools here? Sure, why not!
And the non-randomness of Lego playdates too.
Every morning, Luka starts his day by asking if he can go and play in the red bus.
And he tells us that he wishes he had a red VW bus like this.
During one of our sunsets around the campfire, we felt some shaking. And more shaking. And even more shaking. EARTHQUAKE! It ended up being a 6.3 magnitude earthquake, epicentered not too far from us. All of sat wide eyed. Peeking at the tsunami warning tower. No sound came out of it to warn us to head to higher ground so we stayed put, watching bald eagles frolic on the beach.
Luka also wanted to climb all over Ariana and Caleb’s Land Cruiser.
So the dog was kicked out to make room for this little guy and his fascination of the stickers scattered on their ARB fridge.
Luka loves giving people thumbs up or thumbs down for their rigs (but using his pointing finger). He jokingly gave the land cruiser a thumbs down before flipping it around and laughing.
We also made a couple treks out to the famous Salty Dawg Saloon. The building was one of the first buildings built in Homer back in 1897. It once served as a post office, school, grocery store and coal mining office. But now it’s a bar and no kids are allowed so we split up and had a dudes night and a ladies night.
The ladies sat outside in sun on graffiti-ed tables next to some loud and entertaining locals speaking Russian.
The dudes opted for a spot inside. Looks like Dan ordered a super fancy beer. 😉
Before we knew it our time in Homer was done, but before one more romp at low tide.
After leaving the campground on the spit, we headed to the city RV dump station. We dumped and then actually pulled over to the side, all showered in the Airstream and then dumped again. That’s what we call dump station showers. They are fantastic. Haha.
We’ve seen this thing all over town and finally were close and ready enough for a photo. A yurt on top of a Subaru. So not legal, I’m sure, but oh so good.
Before heading out of town, we meet also got to meet up with our new friend Karin, an Alaskan native who moved to California that has since turned nomadic who travels in her vanagon.
Once again, Luka begged to climb inside of her rig, making himself at home and giving her a thumbs up.
I getting all the feels reliving these Alaskan summers. Homer was amazing. Thanks for the memories.
Thanks for reading,