A couple of days ago we went to Halibut Cove with Mike (the stud in the plaid) (I just realized we are all wearing plaid....He's the one that's not us).
We took Matt Byrd's boat across Kachemak Bay. (Who is Matt Byrd you ask? Another awesome dude who lives in Homer & lets people use his stuff for free. True to form.)
On the way across the Bay we saw about a hundred otters, some eagles, & a big island/rock where tons of gulls and puffins nest. It smelled crisp.
When we got to Halibut Cove we pulled into what I would basically compare to an ocean cul de sac--cute little houses surrounding a big cove of water, with a boardwalk connecting everything.
Founded right after WWII, the Cove was homesteaded by three or four families and is now in its third or fourth generation (we actually brushed shoulders with Clem, the patriarch of the town!).
During the winter, no more than 20 or so people from those families, plus a few hermit artists, live in the Cove, & during Summer the number of residents may only be 120.
We had food and libations at the Saltry, the only restaurant, and then wandered around talking to locals & taking pictures.
We hiked up to the top of the cove & sat over looking the town & the water. We were overwhelmed with humility & so thankful.
If you ever get the chance to visit this part of Alaska, Halibut Cove is cuter than anything ever, more unique than Cinque Terra, & only a boat-ride away from Homer.