Outdoor Features

  • It takes a special place — and a special person — to host a whole crew of children and their parents for an afternoon.  On April 4, more than 200 kids and parents attended Family Farm Day, sponsored by Nature Rocks Homer and hosted by Mossy Kilcher and Seaside Farm. Kilcher began hosting th...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:08pm
  • It WILL snow. Do not fear it. Our environment needs water and snow is one way to get it. However much we get won’t last long. Think of it as adding nitrogen to the soil. Think of it as a plus. Or don’t think about it at all.  The greenhouse is providing sufficient shelter for the tomatoes, ...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:02pm
  • “... and o, the winds do blow. ...” Cold winds. Single digits for the next five days or so. Who knows?  I have been coaching my plants: “Don’t listen to the varied thrush. They’re early. Don’t you follow suit. Hang on. Wait. Patience. Survive. Pleasepleaseplease ...” ...

    Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:20am
  • Fat bikes. Fat-tire bikes. Snow bikes. Omni-terrain vehicles. Ask Chase Warren and they’re all the same. They also are the centerpiece of the Big Fat Bike Festival 2015. Warren and other members of the Homer Cycling Club have created a festival agenda that begins Friday and continues through Sunda...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 1:41pm
  • So there I am, fussing around in the west garden and I get buzzed by a hummingbird. This is October. Granted, we had a family of four in residence all summer. I think there may be a nest to be seen when the leaves are gone.  Little is known about the migratory habits of hummingbirds, but Alaska...

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:24am
  • Sarah Outen touches the Seafarers Memorial statue after she and Justine Curgenven landed on the Homer Spit on Aug. 14 after a 1,300-mile kayak journey from Adak. Outen speaks at 7 p.m. today at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center about her London2London journey. She restarts her trip this we...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:18am
  • British adventurer Sarah Outen speaks at 7 p.m. today at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center about her  “London2London: Via the World” journey. With Justine Curgenven, Outen, 29, of Oxfordshire, England, recently completed a 1,300-mile kayak trip from Adak to Homer through the Alask...

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:23pm
  • For hunters heading out at the start of the fall moose hunting season this week, as in 2013, the odds of getting a moose should be better compared to 2012. Moose hunting opened on Wednesday, Aug. 20, and continues through Sept. 20. After restrictions limiting the take of younger bulls, the bull-cow ...

    Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:25pm
  • If Captain Kirk and his gang from the starship Enterprise had popped out of a reverse time warp above the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon over the weekend, they would have stumbled onto a scene that would have spawned serious flashbacks. Only this time around it would have been “The Trouble with Treble...

    Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:21pm
  • She tried three times in three years, but after 3,700 miles, at 8 p.m. last Thursday, British adventurer Sarah Outen paddled her kayak, Krissy, up to the Homer Spit and finished a Pacific Ocean crossing from Japan to North America. “It took a bit, a wee while,” Outen said. “I need some rest, s...

    Thu, 08/21/2014 - 9:56am

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