Cosmic Contentment and Happiness in Homer

Our last post included a few pictures of great begonias in Girdwood. We thought we could start this one with a lovely landscape photograph taken from the small road by the Russian Orthodox Church in Ninilchik, Transfiguration of Our Lord Church.

Four years ago we stopped here and gazed at the exterior and the surrounding cemetery. The church was built 1901 and seems to be in pretty good condition for its age and the climate.

Today the priest was inside and very graciously discussed the church, faith, history, and prospects with us. His talk was interesting, full of Gospel Scripture and local knowledge. He attended seminary in Kodiak.

Jim’s favorite sight in Homer is this Harrington homestead cabin. It sits beside the Pratt Museum, its fifth site in over sixty years and only a couple of blocks from original site. It is large enough for life while small enough to heat. We also like browsing NOMAR, a very cool manufacturing/sales place for heavy-duty outdoor gear and clothing.

Our favorite place to dine in Homer continues to be Fat Olives for their great pizzas and beers selection. It’s a fun place, with large art on the walls and friendly service. Our other place is Two Sisters Coffee and Bakery, down the hill from Fat Olives. Two Sisters is a neat hangout with great scones and coffee.

We think the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is a must-see while in Homer. The movie about U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s largest vessel, the M/V Tiglax, is fascinating. The movie weaves together history, biology, and wildlife management in the Aleutian Chain.

The M/V Tiglax (TEKH-lah) travels up to 20,000 miles per year transporting scientists and supplies throughout the Aleutian Chain and elsewhere in the Bering Sea. Fun fact: 37,000 gallons gives the M/V Tiglax a cruising range of 10,000 miles. Wow!

The weather during our visit four years ago wasn’t so fair and we spent no time on Homer Spit. This visit we stayed on the Spit awhile, walking along the rocky shore beyond Lands End. We met and talked awhile with a neat couple from Sweden/Ethiopia/Texas, they snapped this picture for us.

How do you feed 76 caravanners? You could start with five loaves and two fishes (Mark 6:30-44). We were very very fortunate, we started with forty pounds of fresh caught and cleaned halibut and two large boxes of rolls. A bunch of us fired up two large pots with hot oil, breaded the fish with Sandy’s yummy recipe, and fried the fish as quickly as they could eat it. No one went hungry!

Our Homer campground was Ocean View, as nice a campground as we’ve had on the caravan. Clean hot showers, nice laundry, super location for walking throughout Homer, and great views like this. We like Homer a lot, understand how people visit and end up staying. It’s a happy place with a lot going on.

Jim and Debbie
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3 responses to “Cosmic Contentment and Happiness in Homer

  1. I like that you come with the perspective of one who has been to Alaska before, and can share what is particularly worth doing again. I think I would have the problem of wanting to spend all the time at one of the campgrounds you describe, at least until winter arrives.

  2. Joe and Maria

    Look up Russell Fitzmorris, my brother in law while you are in Homer. Russell is one of those bigger than life people!

    Joe and Maria Gerry (W3GW)

    • Joe,
      I will have to try to see him next time, we are now in Soldotna heading NE to Palmer. I’m sorry I missed him.

      Thanks for the link on your QRZ page to QRQCW — looks interesting and maybe will help me. Hope to catch you on the radio sometime,

      Jim n5rtg & Debbie n4rtg

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