Since moving back to Alaska, we’ve gone to the ‘beach’ more than we ever did living in North Carolina. As Memorial Day approached, we waffled about what we wanted to do for the long weekend that would allow us to relax and bring along the dogs.
So late Friday night, we found an amazing yurt on Airbnb that allowed us to bring the doggos. We packed up and by 7am Saturday morning we were on the road. After a brief stop in Coopers Landing to let the dogs and Bear stretch their legs, we made it to Fitz Creek in about 5 hours.
We had a lazy and wonderful weekend, playing in the tide pools and getting our feet wet by the lapping waves of the ocean. We played catchphrase over and over and over on our deck, overlooking Kachemak Bay and the mountain range behind it. We ate pancakes every morning, and wandered lazily along the Homer Spit. We let Bear lead us on a hike at Bishops Beach that had us looking at driftwood and finding crabs in the sand. We visited breweries and saw Bear play with other babies and ran into coworkers.
Alaska may be a big state, but it feels like a small town. No matter where you go, you can always find someone you know, or someone who knows someone you know. People are willing to tell you about their favourite restaurants and trails, and there is just such a friendliness of people who genuinely love where they live. It’s amazing.One great thing about Homer is that it’s just across the water from Kachemak Bay State Park – a water taxi can drop you off at a trail head for a day hike or an overnight backpacking trip. We’re adding a trip to Halibut Cove to eat dinner at The Saltry to our list, along with attempting Emerald Lake Loop Trail with a toddler.
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