""Is that it?" we all said. The tiny yellow box of a house didn't look like what we imagined, to tell you the truth. We were pulling our travel trailer (and had come from Tucson) and our friends had flown to Anchorage and taken the train to meet us in Denali. Both couples were celebrating 40th anniversaries. In Denali our friends tolerated sleeping in a tent for four nights and then riding in our cab-and-a-half truck on the drive to Anchorage. They also had to tolerate the one-day-late arrival at the cabin because the truck's power steering went out while in Anchorage. So the sight of the yellow box, was less than encouraging, I'm afraid.
It was tight, but we managed to back the 26-foot trailer down the driveway. This was an auspicious start to our anticipated relaxing week in Homer. As soon as we opened the door, however, we all breathed a sigh of relief. "OMG, it's wonderful!" we said. And it just got better. The house is well built; it even has an on-demand water heater (read that as enough water for four showers in succession and a load of laundry thrown in to boot with no lack of hot water), great front-loading washer and dryer, hot tub to die for, brand new barbecue, and everything else you need to make life easy. Just add wine.
Oh, and the mother moose and her two young blessed us with an appearance the day before and on the day we left.
While in Homer we toured the spit, of course, and we took the Discovery Cruise to Seldovia to see an incredible diversity of wildlife. The old boardwalk in Seldovia and the hike on the Otterbahn was fabulous, but on our way back to Homer on the boat we saw several humpback whales—one splashed its tail 16 times it was so happy—which, of course, made everyone aboard happy.
The other tour we took while in Homer was "A Seaside Adventure" Alaskan Ecotours with Rick and Dorla Harness. It was absolutely fantastic. If you like the idea of a perfectly safe kayak adventure where you learn about edible native plants, native artifacts, and see all the wildlife, we highly recommend it.
Thank you Ailsa and Tyson! We had an incredible five nights at your wonderful retreat."
Guest: Elizabeth K.
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: July 26, 2015