I left on June 9th 2007 to fly with Sharon to Alaska. I
met my younger son Andy and his wife Angie who arrived in Alaska before us.
They live in Denver and they did some hiking and camping first. They flew
to Alaska on one of those big planes without propellers.
Our proposed stops in Canada changed both on the way to Alaska
and on the way back. This was expected since wind, weather and other
factors were certainly going to affect our choices. I posted a day by day
log which I hope you will find interesting. My last entry was just some
thoughts on the trip and on Alaska. Click on the date and that will take
you to the page written and pictures taken on that day.
Wednesday June 13th - And Skagway
Whitehorse and a day without flying. We left extra time enroute in case of
weather but since we're a little ahead of schedule, we took the day off and
drove to Skagway, Alaska and back, and met a very interesting guy - an Alaskan
with a Philadelphia connection.
Monday June 18th - Barrow to Fairbanks
Flying low across the Tundra to Anaktuvuk Pass, the entry in the North to the
Brooks Range. The mountains there rise to about 7,500 feet, but since the
weather was clear we were able to fly low through the Pass.
Tuesday June 19th - McCarthy & Back
Today were were to pick up Andy and Angie in McCarthy and fly them back to
Fairbanks. We did fly to McCarthy, a gravel strip, but Andy and Angie
didn't show. The bush plane that was picking them up after their five day
hike couldn't get to where they were waiting. Winds were too high.
Wednesday June 20th
- To Talkeetna
We got word this morning that Andy and Angie are off the mountain. They
were picked up by the bush plane and flown back to McCarthy. We met up in
Talkeetna. We flew from Fairbanks to Talkeetna past Mount McKinley.
Thursday June 21st - Day in Talkeetna
This is the longest day of the year. All four of us took a ski plane ride
thru Denali and landed on a glacier. We went ito town tonight for the BIG
longest day of the year type celebration.
Friday June 22nd - Smoky Talkeetna
Our plans were changed today due to the fires about 50 miles North, and another
about 50 miles South. Visibility has been much reduced and you can smell
the smoke anywhere outside. It was reported that the fires were caused by
lightening. It also rained, but not hard, on and off all day.
Saturday June 23rd - Anchorage
Moving on. Andy and Angie drove this morning to Anchorage from Talkeetna
and Sharon and I flew. It took them 3 hours and us 47 minutes. They
left some of their stuff there to take home to Denver and the four of us flew to
Sunday June 24th - Homer
We spent the day in Homer. This place is really attractive, very friendly,
and we DIDN'T SEE A BUS. (There are quite a few RV's here however.)
Monday June 25th - Glaciers
This day involved a big change in plans. Although we took off for Seward,
weather caused us to change our destination, just 8 miles from Seward. We
did see some Glaciers anyway.
Tuesday June 26th - Anchorage Day 1
Today we spent the day in Anchorage with Andy and Angie. We took them to
the airport tonight for their flight home to Denver. I'm gonna miss them.
Monday July 2nd - Day in Cordova
A day in Cordova with the BEST view of a glacier. Intermittent Internet,
no long distance calls, no cell phone. Why it's almost like it used to
be!! I am not sure when I can post this page update. We plan on
leaving Cordova in the morning.
Tuesday July 3rd - Edmonton??
First we took off. Then we flew. Then we landed. Then we took
off. Then we didn't land. Then we flew. Then we landed.