We are looking for a housecarer for two weeks in early winter to take care of our house and an unusually affectionate cat: Mr. Mellow. This is a perfect place for a husband and wife team. We have glass window panes at both levels of the house. Even in the winter the sun pours into our home and nourishes the plants that are everywhere. We built our home ourselves over the course of many years.
We have running hot and cold water, electricity, and several sources of heat--a gas burning stove in the livingroom and a woodstove as well. You should keep in mind that normal high temperature is 45 degrees F in October and normal low is 32 degrees. The snows usually do not come that early for winter sports. Our home is warm and cozy tucked in among trees, a 5 minute ride to the beach on south Cook Inlet. The moose tromp through our yard all year round. October is rutting time for them, and one must be careful around the bulls particularly. They do not go out of their way to hurt people, but they will defend their cow. The bears will be getting ready for hibernation. There may be bear-viewing tours available.
Homer is a fishing town and artist colony about 1/2 hour drive south of Anchor Point. There is a breathtaking lookout just before you descend the hill on the highway that drops down to Homer. You can see active volcanos across Cook Inlet which is quite wide this far south. In Homer there are bakeries, bookstores, gift shops, groceries, fancy restaurants, McDonalds, etc. There may be fishing opportunities for halibut, lingcod, and rockfish. The Homer Spit reaches out into Kachemak Bay, and you can take a small passenger ferry to visit Seldovia a tribal village that welcomes tourists and are famous for their berry jams.
One way to do this is to fly into Anchorage and rent a car. You may need to stay overnight in Anchorage at a hotel, and then drive 5-7 hours south onto the Kenai Peninsula. As you leave Anchorage, you will be going around Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet where sheep are high on the mountain bluffs to your left and vigrous Cook Inlet is on your right where you may be able to see beluga whales. There is a strong bore tide on Cook Inlet this far north--the second largest in the world next to the Bay of Fundi in Norva Scotia. When you go through the mountain pass on the way here, you will pass small lakes along the road where you may see swans resting on the migration south from their nesting places on the northern tundra. You will also see tundra at the rest stop at the mountain pass, fast moving streams along the road, and lakes on your way south from Anchorage with several small towns along the route. You will be in gorgeous wilderness, so make sure your car is full of gas before you make the drive. You cannot count on your cell working during the trip, but you can expect that if you wave another motorist for help that they will stop--a life-saving, cultural necessity of Alaskans.
Another way would be for you to drive up here in an RV. I do not recommend tent camping in the Yukon territory and Alaska, unless you are experienced and especailly savvy about bears. To drive to Alaska, you must go through Canada; Canadian officials will confiscate guns and bear spray at their borders, and on your return trip, U.S. officials require a passport to get back into the Staes even if you are a citizen with a driver's license. On the other hand, it is a gorgeous drive--allow plenty of time. Get an up-to-date Alaska road guide book called Milepost (Barnes & Noble). It is a great adventure into wilderness!