Monday June 25th
(Weather changed our plans)
But first I must post some pictures from last night. In
Homer we had to stop for a drink or two at the Salty Dawg Saloon (first three
pix). This famous bar with a great old history is near the end of the Homer Spit, which I
It was a cloudy day this morning. I checked with a local pilot and with
the Flight Service Specialist and came up with the best route to fly to Seward.
We had reservations for a Tour Boat of the Glaciers. The route was over
the lower valleys, lakes and rivers to wind our way to Seward. We could
not go on an IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) Flight Plan into Seward as they had
no published Instrument Approach, nor was there radar coverage. As we
scooted along the route, the clouds got lower (pictures four five and six).
We finally got up the river far enough so that it was obvious to me that we
could not get into Seward. We were only eight miles away when I turned
back and eventually climbed up to 7,500 feet. I then flew toward the
Seward Airport, on top of the clouds, and never saw a hole large enough thorough
thought it was safe to descend.
I called Anchorage Approach Control and requested an IFR flight plan to
Anchorage. I was disappointed. I thought we were going to see
Upon arriving at Anchorage and picking up our rental car, the people at
Signature Flight Support (where I parked the plane) made an excellent
suggestion, and they made the reservations to make it happen.
We now had reservations for a Tour Boat to see the Glaciers from Whittier.
It is about a one and one-quarter hour drive to Whittier, however you have to
watch your time. There is a one lane tunnel into and out of Whittier that
is shared by cars and trains. First 15 minutes of the hour is reserved for
cars leaving Whittier. Second 15 minutes is for trains leaving Whittier.
Third 15 minutes is for cars entering Whittier and the final 15 minutes is for
trains entering Whittier. It is very well organized. Pictures seven
and eight show us entering Whittier. Picture nine is our Tour Boat (where
they served EXCELLENT crab cakes!! Picture ten shows the perspective of
another tour boat in front of a Glacier and picture eleven is that Glacier.
When a Glacier Calves, it makes quite a loud noise, however once you hear it, it
has already happened. Picture twelve is this Glacier Calving. You
can see some of the ice coming down and a chunk of that ice in the water below.
It gets quite cold on the boat (pix thirteen). On the way back, we saw a raft of otters (pix fourteen).
In a way, we were very fortunate today. One moment we were going to miss
this opportunity to see Glaciers and the next, we had the opportunity to do so.
People are just so helpful here. A couple of months ago, when I called the
tour people in Seward to make arrangements they said their cancellation policy
was 15 days. I told them we were flying there ourselves and would there be
any consideration if we couldn't make it because of weather. They said
that there we be no problem. They would give us a full refund. When
I called them from over Seward (sat phone), they immediately said they would put
the full credit on my card.
Upon landing at Anchorage, the people at Signature East were very helpful.
them of our problem of not seeing glaciers. They immediately started making calls
and made our arrangements. The fuel at
Signature at Anchorage International is quite reasonable and the service is
Tomorrow we will spend the day with Andy and Angie. There are a couple of
places we would like to visit, some of which were recommended by Mark R.
Andy and Angie then leave for home on an 11:00 PM flight to Denver. Howard
Brown, a friend from Philadelphia is coming to Anchorage on Wednesday and we plan on meeting
him for dinner. On Thursday we will leave for Nome.
More later, and thanks for following us.
The Salty Dawg Saloon
Saddling Up to the Bar at the Dawg
Just another bunch of Locals at The Dawg
Enroute to Seward- 1
Enroute to Seward- 2
Enroute to Seward- 3
Lined up for the Tunnel to Whittier
Whittier Tunnel Entrance
The Tour "Yacht"
"Perspective." A tour boat in front of the Glacier
The Glacier - Calving
Five "Locals" - (Otters)