Sunday, July 21, 2013

Going Off the Grid at La Caleta: Saying Goodbye to Paradise and Exploring Homer

We had actually been scheduled to leave at 0930 to leave Marcee time to get the place ready for the next tenants who would be coming in at 1130.  Unfortunately, the winds made it hell for those in the bay and Willie made the judgement call to call over a friend and their enclosed cabin water taxi (on his dime) to shuttle us back to Homer because he didn't want the girls to get scared. What a sweetheart, right?

At 1330, the M/V Beowulf roared alongside the beach to collect us.  The girls LOVED Tugger the sea dog was there to accompany us.

This gave us a chance to get to know these two lovely people: Tom and Tammy, the owners of Red Mountain Marine. They provide fjord tours, water taxi service to hiking trails across the bay, and wildlife tours. (907-399-8230) They are just such great personable people with a top-notch vessel. If you ever are in need of services in Homer, they are THE people to go with.

A quick picture of the kids and our new friends Marcee and Willie.  The awesome thing about the shuttle delay was that it gave us an opportunity to visit more extensively with these two.  Such a great story, living the dream. Louie and I have just fallen in love with them.

 We were finally in Homer, a little seasick to our stomachs. After a quick bite to eat, we headed straight to the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitors Center to get the girls their maritime biologist patch (much like the national park junior ranger program).

Then, of course, we had to stop by this charming bookstore, The Old Inlet Bookshop, right next to the Mermaid Cafe.

Old books, new books, everywhere!

We checked into the Driftwood Inn. Charming OLD place with European style layout (as in shared bathrooms down the hall). We didn't mind much since we were just staying for one night.

We walked across the street to the Old Tyme Steakhouse and ate dinner. Meh. It was ok.

And turned in for the night.

The next day, we took some last minute photo ops by the spit while it wasn't as crowded.

 We even fit in some geocaching!

It was sad leaving the place. But we're pretty confident this will be an annual trip.  For any of you who want to see La Caleta for yourselves...DO IT.  You will not regret it.

Reserve your dates for next year ASAP. They are booked every single day until the end of this season. 

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