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Seward to Homer and Beyond

We left the Beach House and Seward in the morning, en route to Homer and the Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge. The drive traces a good part of the Kenai Peninsula, a fairly rugged area with thick forests and mountains meeting the sea. There are plenty of good spots along the way for hiking or picnicking. We didn’t have too much of a chance to stop though, as we had to catch a water shuttle in Homer. We ate lunch at Odie’s Deli in Soldotna and then continued along to Homer. We had been advised by Sadie Cove that we should get fishing licenses and bait in Homer to have for our time at the Lodge. To keep a King Salmon, it’s necessary to have a separate stamp on the license. They were fairly expensive, so we only got them for the day we planned to do a King charter in Soldotna on the trip back. For the lodge, we were told we’d be more likely to catch a halibut. Frozen herring is apparently the bait of choice for halibut, so we grabbed a bag and hoped for the best. We hauled all of our gear down a steep ramp to the water taxi. After we were loaded up, we headed out of the harbor and out onto the bay. Because so many of the areas near Homer are only accessible by boat, there were quite a few water taxi companies in town. We settled in and admired the scenery on the way out. The lodge owners, Keith and Randi, and their summer help, were waiting for us on the rocky shore next to the lodge. We pulled in, unloaded our gear, and were given a tour around the Lodge. It was a warm day (by coastal Alaska the upstairs rooms (with a great view overlooking the water) and Laura’s parents were adjacent to the dining area. We had a great salmon dinner that evening and did some fishing for salmon from shore. Apparently the wind was too strong to go out to the floating dock and fish for halibut. We didn’t have any bites, so we went up to our rooms to settle in for the evening.

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