Kayak Fishing

After getting off the Kongakut, rest certainly was not an option! We’re in Alaska for crying out loud! So, after the 6 hour drive from Fairbanks to Anchorage, we unpacked the car, re-packed the car, loaded kayaks, dropped off rented bear barrels at REI and started the 4 hour drive to Homer.

With the summer solstice having just passed by only the overcast sky really made it seem dark, but we never needed flashlights, even while setting tents up in the rain about halfway to Homer. We must have pulled into the campground around 1am and slept until 9am.

Once in Homer Nathaniel and I put our boats in the water while Sune and Lindsay went to check out the cabin a friend was letting us use. Nathaniel picked up some bait to catch some Halibut for dinner and after dropping his line a dozen or so times from his kayak out in Kachemak Bay with no success we called it a day and paddled the mile or so back to shore where Lindsay and Sune greeted us.

We found a pizza place for dinner right along the shore and watched the perpetual sunset reflect on the mountains and clouds across the bay.

The next day was lazy with visits to cozy coffee shops, bookstores and exploring the town of Homer. Nathaniel and I were scheduled to fly to Denver the next day so we had to hit the road that afternoon.

Time for another Alaska adventure.

HOMER, AK - Nathaniel and Cameron go out to catch some halibut for dinner... but the timing seems to be off and in the end we have to suffer with an afternoon paddle in Kachemak Bay. Oh, well.

About the author

Adventure Correspondent Cameron L. Martindell is a freelance adventure travel and expedition writer, photographer and filmmaker who founded Offyonder.com in 2000. He has contributed to Elevation Outdoors Magazine, The Gear Junkie, National Geographic, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Outside, Backpacker, Wired, Australian Geographic, Mountainzone.com and others. He has been to all seven continents and lived on five of them, including a four-month stint at the South Pole. Cameron has more than 10 years of mountain search and rescue experience, is an Eagle Scout, has been an Australian bush firefighter, competes in sailing regattas, plans national and international youth programs, guides Oregon rafting trips and Australian bush backpacking trips.

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