If I was going to move to Alaska, I would buy myself a little cottage by the sea in Homer, and spend my days watching sandpipers and sea otters play. Homer is a sweet little town (or maybe I should say salty?), about 220 miles south of Anchorage, surrounded by mountains and water.
Several readers have asked how I got to Homer from Juneau. The only way out from Juneau is either by air or by sea. The main road in Juneau leads to nowhere -- it literally just dead ends, with mountains and wilderness beyond. I flew to Anchorage, then transferred to a smaller plane operated by Ravn Air for the flight to Homer. There is a ferry that runs from Juneau also, but it only goes a couple times a week to Homer and takes 10 hours. I will be trying out the Alaska ferry (formally known as the Alaska Marine Highway System) next weekend, on a Memorial Day trip to Skagway and then on to Whitehorse, Canada.
This is the boat that brought me to those adorable sea otters.
Another day, another glorious rainbow.
A popular destination in Homer is the Homer Spit, a five-mile sliver of land stretching out into the bay, at the end of which is a cluster of local hangouts with names like Homer Sapiens and Spit Sisters. It was the first hike I've done in Alaska, where I wasn't worried about bears!
Homer, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska