Arriving in Homer we stayed in Homer at the (end of) Homer Spit Campground. www.homerspitcampground.com/sites-amenities-1 We stayed at a Beach View spot with only electricity for $45/night. There is water available for the freshwater tank and showers, laundry, and dump as well. This is Homer; you pay what you pay. We were going to boondock at the Municipal Fishing Hole CG with no hookups, but fresh water for $20/night, but I acquiesced to my wife and her desire for comfort this stop. (That means I gave in). Apparently age may not be equal to appreciation to boondocking over time. Love her anyway, she puts up with a lot. This is a clean campground VERY centrally located, but nothing special.....a large gravel area with several levels and some hookups. LOTS of RVs in here with not much room in between. We also found the dump station, rest rooms, and showers to be very much IN DEMAND so timing was critical.
We booked our bear adventure through Smokey Bay Air www.smokeybayair.com/bear-viewing/It is not a cheap trip, but this was one of our only two extravagances this trip. We were scheduled to go to Katmai NP, but foggy weather changed our plans. We diverted into Lake Clark NP, which turned out just fine. Our flight crew Brittany and Andrew were great pilots (landing on that sloping beach can't be easy) and our Naturalist Daniel was helpful all afternoon. After our 1 hour flight across Cook Inlet we deplaned and set out on foot with our rubber boots and camera gear in hand. Our hearts were filled with awe, wonder, fear, and even a bit of thankfulness this day. We were within 20 yards of the most magnificent and beautiful beasts all afternoon and sometimes a bit closer. God and cohort, Mother Nature, are pretty amazing folks. It is probably just easier to post several of our better shots than talk about it.
www.cityofseldovia.com/ This village was once the hub of the Great Alaskan Crab Fleet, but that eventually moved to Dutch Harbor. At it's heyday Seldovia was at one time bigger than Homer.
Diesel was $3.15 here. There is a Petro Marine Services diesel pump at their on shore facility at the corner of the Beluga Refuge Road and the main highway. A standard credit card prepay pump with diesel at just $3.04. They have another station out on East End Drive about 4 miles if you get out that way. Propane was $3.89 per gallon and laundry at the campground was $2 each for wash and dry. All not too terribly bad. We stayed here 11 days. I love Homer. It is easily my favorite town in Alaska. Many come close, but for me this is it. I don't know if I'll ever be back this way again or not, but I have added many more cherished memories this trip.
"I'm becoming more and more myself with time. I guess that's what grace is. The refinement of your soul through time."
WiFi courtesy of Homer Spit Campground