Homer is almost at the end of the road in the South Kenai Peninsula and the beginning of the great Kachemak Bay with one of the largest tides in the US with a whopping 28 feet span in a day. There’s a lot to be said about living at the end of the road and people here are proud of it.
Usually when I think of a bay, I think of a nice safe part of the ocean kids can swim in, but not here. It’s massive and I would never imagine people swimming here, even kids. I was laying down at the beach in the sun and it was breezy. I felt like I was not in the sun at all b/c the air was that cold. It was so weird to know that there was sun on me, but I did not feel it. But then you look across at the endless, still snow-peaked mts, you realize it’s just a different kind of beach here.
I am tempted, at times, to do a winter here b/c it will be like none other for me. It’s not as brutally cold in Homer as it is further up North in AK. I hear Fairbanks peeps are the real tough guys and the city is the true wild western Alaska.
I think the crazy winter is what binds and makes the people here so interesting. They do quirky things to make the best of it. Enjoy and embrace it. The other day I was in the cold, sunny, wind at the Farmers Market where I work, I could not believe how chilly the wind made it. One woman said to me, “Live it up, it’s as good as it gets”.
Some locals prefer winter b/c its less people and the snow is just beautiful here. Will see what happens. For now I am enjoying what I can and looking for job opps here and there. I recently was treated to a charter plane over a glacier and next day a boat ride to hike near the same glacier 2x. Click here for those pix.