Wasilla to Homer

Posted on Jul 8, 2012 | 3 comments

Wasilla to Homer

Just north of Anchorage is the town of Wasilla. Maybe you’ve heard of it? The former mayor, Sarah Palin, and her family still live in town. Thanks to Google, I noticed their house was just down the road from my campground. I had to go check it out! I drove up to the driveway expecting to find a gate, a security outpost, something. All I found were a few “No Trespassing” signs on a nondescript wooden fence just off the main nondescript highway full of chain restaurants and retail stores. The best word to describe everything would be–you guessed it–nondescript.

The next morning I waved goodbye to the Palins as I drove by again, starting my trek down to the Kenai Peninsula. The Seward Highway, rated one of the best drives in all of America, follows the ocean inlet and turns inland over a series of gentle mountain passes. Well, at least I think it does, because all I saw were clouds, fog, and sideways rain. For the next three days, I had some of the worst Alaskan summer weather yet.

I eventually rolled into Homer with plans to stay on the Homer Spit. Sticking out into the ocean on a skinny piece of land only a few hundred yards wide and a few miles in length, I finally reached the famed spit–only to find Alaska’s dirtiest tourist trap. Needless to say, after a long drive in horrible weather, I wasn’t too happy when I saw the overcrowded, overpriced, and entirely overrated campgrounds on the spit. I took a deep breath, did some quick internet research, and found a decent campground with a great view back on the mainland part of Homer. And when the weather did turn better for a few hours, I did have some incredible views of the surrounding seaside mountains. The town of Homer definitely grew on me as I stayed longer, but I still think the actual Homer Spit isn’t worth the high prices–at all.

With continued bad weather in all the forecasts, I made a quick decision to retreat and head back up north to a town I had read about in my travel research. This town would end up as one of my absolute favorite towns in all of Alaska.

Just another glacier!
Just another glacier!
Glenn Highway
Glenn Highway
Matanuska Glacier
Matanuska Glacier
Glenn Highway
Glenn Highway
Dinner break along the Matanuska River
Dinner break along the Matanuska River
Sarah Palin's driveway
Sarah Palin's driveway
Dall sheep along Seward Highway
Dall sheep along Seward Highway
Along Seward Highway
Along Seward Highway
Along Seward Highway
Along Seward Highway
Along Seward Highway
Along Seward Highway
Kenai Peninsula
Kenai Peninsula
Homer Spit
Homer Spit
View at Bayside RV
View at Bayside RV
Beach at Bayside RV
Beach at Bayside RV
Salty Dawg Saloon
Salty Dawg Saloon
Touristy shops in Homer
Touristy shops in Homer
  • Findingfernweh

    My gosh, its so beautiful!  Alaska is def on our must visit places.

    http://findingfernweh.blogspot.com

  • David

    Just got back last month.  I totally agree about the spit.  Glad you got to see the elusive dall sheep.  Not one sighting.

  • http://bicoastaltravelingdog.blogspot.com/ David

    I have that same image of Sarah Palin’s “house”