While driving home to Chez Betster, yours truly passed a caravan of Land Rover campers with French flag decals that looked like they had come from Patagonia. In fact, as the Betster later found out after catching up with the campers on the Spit, one family had driven to Homer from the other end of the world, way down there in South America.
Sacre bleu! You’d think that for some who had come all that way we’d be popping champagne corks. Apparently, this happens all the time. You’ll see a dusty old BMW driven by a tough woman, riding chaps frayed, mosquitoes in her teeth and one fender held on with Gorilla glue. There she is, dipping her front tire in Kachemak Bay, a 10,000-mile journey over. And what does she get?
Well, glory, that’s what she gets. Dozens of people end their End of the Road travels here and they go unnoticed. Maybe they want it that way. Maybe in the rough-and-tumble world of modern journalism we miss these adventures. We shouldn’t. Wouldn’t it be cool if Homer became Destination’s End, officially, not geographically, and if you wound up here from some other end of the road, you got to sign a special book at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Someone would take your photo and it would wind up here in the paper. Maybe you’d get a patch or a cool T-shirt.
What matters, though, is that someone dared. Someone put traveling to Homer on their bucket list and checked it off. If you’ve come from Trondheim, Norway, or Toulouse, France, or even just Talkeetna, hurrah to you for recognizing what we Homerites know: this is an awesome place to visit — and live.
So make the best of your visit, perhaps with these Best Bets:
BEST DIP YOUR TOES BET: After that 10k run or walk from Homer High School to Land’s End, there will be lots of tired feet looking to cool off in the bay. Yep, it’s the annual 10k to the Bay Spit Run. Registration is 8-9:15 a.m. The run starts at 9:30 a.m. for walkers and at 10 a.m. for runners at the high school. Cheer on the runners or sign up at the last minute.
BEST MAKE IT SO BET: The Maker Movement has been sweeping the nation with all sorts of tinkerers and thinkers cobbling together cool stuff. From 3-D printing to upcycling, well, heck, almost anything is possible. Oh wait — that’s sort of the Alaska way, isn’t? If you have a young maker in your house, send her or him over to Summer Maker Camp starting today at the Homer Public Library. For ages 8-15, it meets 2-4 p.m.
BEST BREAKIN’ BREAD BET: If you’re passing through and want to meet some Homer folks in a casual setting, stop by the free Community Meal from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at Homer United Methodist Church. Practice votre Anglais, get some hot tips from locals on the real Homer and learn about how we care for each other.
BEST TESTING TESTING BET: Amateur radio operators saved the day during the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake, connecting the state when everything else pretty much fell apart. Learn about modern HAM radio from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for the South Peninsula Amateur Radio Club field day, with demonstrations of HAM radio.