Thursday June 28th
(The flight to Nome)
The flying (and walking around) weather varies greatly. Although it was beautiful in Anchorage, it hadn't been very good in
Nome lately. We called the Flight Service Station for a briefing in Anchorage and
then we called the one in Nome, since they were right on the ground there. I was
told that Alaska Airlines had a missed approach but landed the second time.
Frontier made a missed approach and was probably diverting to their alternate.
We took off. The Aztec has a very good range and I had selected Kotzebue
as our alternate. We first flew over the
Alaska Range (pix one and two) and finally our almost first view of the Bering
Sea (third pix), which we fly over for about an hour prior to arriving at Nome.
Just the tops of clouds. No Sea (see pix three).
As we approached Nome, the weather lifted and we had a beautiful view of the
city and the Bering Sea (fourth pix), and the Nome Airport (fifth pix).
The airport was quite busy. There are two commercial flights of Alaska
Airlines daily as well as other scheduled flights of Frontier. (Many of
these flights carry freight and goods for the four thousand plus residents of
Nome.) There are
also charter flights of course.
We took a cab from the airport to the hotel, picked up our rental car (Jeep
Wrangler) and headed back to the airport to get our "stuff." We refueled
(sixth pix), and THEN IT HAPPENED.
We met a guy at the airport who wanted only $1,000 cash (which I gladly paid)
and tomorrow he will pick us up at our hotel (seventh pix) and give us a TOUR OF
NOME. He promised we would see the Coliseum, The Noman Forum, drive on the
Bia Benito, and walk the Mexican Steps. He also promised I could toss
Sharon into the Trevi Fountain and make a wish!! This is really exciting.
(I have a feeling that my friend Myles is thinking right now that "There is no
place like Nome for the Holidays.")
(SORRY ABOUT THAT. I COULDN'T HELP IT.)
We drove around a little (8th pix), had dinner and stopped at the local
everything market (food, clothes, bicycles, etc. etc.) and again noticed that
this time the food was even more expensive here than it was in Barrow.
The last picture shows what this city is probably most famous for.
A couple of additional things. We DO have cellular phone service here as
well as wired Internet in the hotel. It is VERY slow. I don't think
we will be able to look at or return email, but I am going to try to upload the
Our First Almost View of the Bering Sea
Refueling in Nome
The cost of Food