Camping on the Spit

As soon as we got service when we were leaving McCarthy our friends called and asked if we wanting to go camping in Homer. We figured we could kill two birds with one stone. We had promised our little friend, Silas, when we were in Ajo, AZ visiting them that we would walk along the beach in Homer with him while he was visiting his father. So we got home on Sunday and left again on Friday for Homer.

We camped at the Homer Spit Campground which is not the kind of place I would normally camp but it is where our friends like to stay. It is a great place to stay if you want to do the things on the Spit. You can walk everywhere from here. It is also a great place to stay if you are going out fishing with a charter or on your own.

https://www.homerspitcampground.com/

We didn’t arrive until almost 8pm, so we ate dinner and spent the rest of the evening visiting with our friends. We couldn’t have a campfire due to the fire ban because of the Swan Lake fire.

https://www.ktva.com/story/40719042/live-updates-latest-information-on-the-swan-lake-fire

The next morning we met up with our friends and they were going to take the ferry to Seldovia. We were going to hang out in hopes of getting to see Silas. As we waited we took a nice long walk along the beach.

We even got to see an otter as it dived for it’s food then laid on it’s back to eat. They just amaze me on how deep they dive and how they get their food opened.

We found a memorial for Jean Keene better known as the Eagle Lady at the very tip of the Spit where she can watch out for her eagles.

She moved to Homer in 1977 and lived in a small travel trailer on the Spit. She went to work at a cannery. She had 2 eagles that were wintering near her, so she asked if she could take the scraps and freezer burnt fish home to feed them. The bald eagle winter population grew from 2 to 300 eagles every winter. She was a remarkable woman. She fed them until she died January 13, 2009 at the age of 85.

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/article/homers-eagle-lady-dead-85/2009/01/14/

My first husband and I used to go and watch the eagles in the winter. It was so amazing. I mean we had bald eagles around our house but to see that many in one place was amazing. The only other place I have seen that many eagles was in Tongass National Forest. We visited there also in the winter but it was not a day out like going to Homer. Anyway there are some cool you tubes to check out here.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=eagle+lady+homer+alaska

We continued on around the point and down the other side to the marina. On the way we came across some nesting sea gulls.

Well Silas showed up after lunch for a little bit and we got to walk the beach as I promised him. First we played find Silas

Then we played at putting the driftwood back into the sea, some were boats and some were submarines. I just love his imagination.

One log/boat was even going out to save the otter.

The next morning we visited the Seafarer’s Memorial before we left for home.

As we drove off the Spit we stopped at a float plane lake for a few photo ops.

I had to take David to the great restaurant that Stella and I found when we went to Homer earlier in the summer, Lighthouse Grill and Smokehouse. David enjoyed it at much as we did. He had the brisket and I have to say it was wonderful.

I took this last photo there. It is the tools of the local fisherman.

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did writing it.

Thanks for stopping by!

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