Homer and beyond

We left our campground via the Kenai Spur Hwy. back to Kenai. We visited the Visitor Center and then headed out on Kalifornsky Beach Road towards Homer. We were driving right along the coastline. This turned into the Sterling Highway which took us all the way into Homer.

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We decided to try camping on the Homer Spit, which people talk about. In most of the campgrounds rigs were stacked in like sardines. So, we decided on the City Campground for $15 a night. We got a great site on the water and thought we were really lucky. Unfortunately that afternoon a truck and older trailer pulled in with a family of 5. They turned on their generator, which was old and loud, and ran it for hours. Quiet time is 11:00 and they ran it until just before. So we decided to tell anyone if they stay on the Spit, go to Heritage RV Park and pay a little more for hookups and with no generators allowed.

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Moving on, we checked out the Homer Elks and decided to stay. They had hookups and a great view for $25.00. It was John’s birthday so we went to Boz Hoggs for dinner. The three of them had burgers , and we all had a milkshake. I later got a fabulous salmon sandwich at Mauras.

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The Elks was very centrally located so we walked to the library, Safeway (Starbucks, of course), 2 Sisters Bakery, and the Visitor Center. This was the most amazing Visitor Center I have ever been in.

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Leaving Homer we drove via the Sterling Hwy, towards Soldotna. At this point we have driven 4675 miles since leaving Longmont, CO. The city park in Soldotna was full of fishermen and the Fred Meyer (where many people stay) was a zoo so we decided to drive on the Glenn Highway to the Quartz Creek NFS cg that someone recommended to us. This was a great cg with nicely spaced spots and right along the Kenai Lake.

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After a 2 day stay at Quartz Creek we got back on the Sterling Hwy. to the Seward Hwy. heading to Seward. It was a beautiful drive to Seward. We walked around in downtown Seward and were amazed at the beautiful murals on the buildings.

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The Exit Glacier was located outside of Seward a little bit so we drove there. However when we got to the Visitor Center at the glacier, there was no more RV parking so we drove back and got some great pictures at a view stop. We had planned to eat lunch at the Salmon Bake, highly recommended by someone, but it was only open for early breakfast and dinner.

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We got back on the Seward Hwy and headed back to Williwaw campground for the night on our way back to Anchorage. Just a hint – don’t stay in Site 1 because the host has a commercial generator and runs it late into the night. However, we did get to have a fire, which was great.

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On the road to Anchorage, from Williwaw, we think we got a picture of Denali. You be the judge.

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In Anchorage we did laundry and then ate lunch at the Arctic Roadrunner, which was recommended by a local. It was fabulous. John had a hamburger, John/Zoe had chicken burgers and I had a halibut burger . I have since learned that they are celebrating 50 years this year. It was a cute restaurant and very busy.

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Hitting the road again, we drove on Glenn Hwy. towards Palmer. We drove through some gorgeous scenery and then arrived at King Mountain Recreation Site to spend the night.  This is a state campground for smaller RVs in a wooded setting next to the Matanuska River.

The next morning we started out on the Glenn Hwy. to the Richardson Hwy. towards Valdez. We had a great view of the Matanuska Glacier.

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We had heard about the sourdough pancakes in Copper Center so took the loop to find the place. The original Roadhouse had burner down and it had not all been rebuilt so it was just a little restaurant. We got an order of sourdough pancakes and an order of sourdough toast. They didn’t sell the bread, so decided getting the toast was just as good. Both of the items were fantastic – real sourdough taste.  Roadhouses were popular in the late 1800s among trappers and travelers, located every 50 miles for people to get supplies.  Many of them have since closed.

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It was a horrible road, but the scenery was beautiful. We came across Worthington Glacier as we drove along.  This is the only bad road we have experienced in Alaska.

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That night we stayed at Blueberry Lake Recreation Area and it was a really nice campground. This is a small campground, about 20 miles from Valdez.  It sits below the summit to Thompson Pass, surrounded by mountains and meadows.

Our stay in Valdez on the next post.

 

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