By Allison Hovanec
After getting hitched at the Anchorage courthouse this summer, my husband and I pondered an out-of-state honeymoon. It was early August and the weather had turned favorable again, offering a respite from dreary rain that had stretched on for weeks.
Alaskans are greedy with our summers: we play hard, fish, camp and find any reason at all to stay outside until the snow flies. Traveling out of state in the summer is a decision that weighs heavily—especially with the potential of an Indian summer at hand. Taking both the weather and our empty freezer into account, we decided on a Homermoon—a quick weekend honeymoon/fishing trip to Homer, Alaska.
After driving half the night, we awoke refreshed on Saturday and set out to play tourist. Stops at Homer Brewing Company, the now-defunct Ring of Fire Meadery and Bear Creek Winery were high on our list. The afternoon was spent lazily on the famous Homer Spit— walking the beach, perusing local galleries, eating freshly caught mussels and having a drink at the notorious Salty Dawg Saloon. We spotted several “visitors” from the balcony of our oceanfront room at the edge of the Spit: eagles, otters and the occasional fish jumping out of the water. With an early-morning fishing charter departure of 7 a.m., we bid the midnight sun an early goodnight.
The next morning, we set off into Kachemak Bay to fish the day away. The trip was long (about 10 hours) but we were successful. We both caught our limit of two halibut each and were lucky enough to hook three salmon between us. The weather was calm, the views unmatched, and the fishing was fair. Our quaint Homermoon came to an end far too quickly. We returned to Anchorage with a cooler full of fish, a couple of pieces of local art and some bottles of mead/ We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and the fish will be much needed over the winter. However, visions of a traditional tropical honeymoon—one spent sipping Mai Tais poolside at a resort—remain. Many Alaskans who are wed in the beautiful summer months celebrate their anniversaries at the half-year mark, when the weather is cold and the days are short. Hawaii in February? The tickets are as good as booked!