This week’s guest post is from travel blogger, Payje Bier who’s currently living in and blogging about Homer Alaska.
I grew up in a small town in Colorado. Aside from having a high school football team named “the Sailors” (WHY?) I had no experience at all with life on the coast. It led me to believe that oceans, beaches, fresh seafood and saltwater air were for vacations only, and were to be revered. So, when my boyfriend and I decided to move to Alaska, I knew I wanted to aim for water. We threw a dart at Google maps, and ended up in Homer. Thank God.
Homer is the world’s most epic and perfect mix of mountains and ocean. Blue rivers from the glaciers that sprawl across the area drain into a sea that, on a clear day, shines a brilliant shade of green that I haven’t seen on a color palette anywhere in the world. Massive jagged peaks surround the other side of the bay, giving the illusion, when you can’t see the ocean that you are in the middle of an inland mountain range. As a cherry on top of the Homer Alaska cake, bald eagles perch on driftwood by the dozens.
You probably think I’m making this up, don’t you?
Now I’ll get to the point. I was dying to see a starfish. I made a little list of things I wanted to find and see while we were in Alaska, and you might be surprised by how short it is:
- An octopus
A trip across the bay to Otter Cove provided me with my first demand. Justin (my boyfriend) and I scrambled over some rocks, and were walking around the beach when he yelled “Come check this out! Hurry!” As if starfish move like cheetahs or something. He pointed into the water, where he had espied a family of four different colored starfish. AWWW!
I turned back around the way we came, and it was like I had new eyes. There were starfish EVERYWHERE. Seriously everywhere! I must have been stepping all over them on the way to the beach. It was like an incredible fiesta of starfish. I don’t know if I’ve ever been so happy (only a slight exaggeration). The starfish were every different color you can imagine, and they clung to every rock and every surface along the beach.
There were other crazy sea creatures in the tide pools there too, but this post is dedicated to my favorites, the starfish.
I basically felt like Christmas had come early that day. If you are still wondering about the octopus and the gold, we haven’t come across those yet, but I have no doubt in my mind that we will. Justin said maybe we’ll kill two birds with one stone and find a golden octopus. Maybe we will Justin, maybe we will.
Payje Bier is an adventurer… to take the words out of Van Morrison’s mouth she has a “gypsy soul.” She loves to travel, and she loves photography, but mostly she loves travel photography. Her most recent journey has brought her (and her boyfriend Justin who is her partner in adventure crime) to Homer, Alaska. You can live vicariously though Payje and Justin (or just keep up with their trip) on her blog, Life All Over, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.