FLY ALASKA 2004
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DAY 6 & 7
September 10 & 11, 2004
After an overnight at the cabins of Dean & Joanne Young near Talkeetna, the flying trip continued to Merrill Field at Anchorage.
During the 2 day stay at Anchorage, visits were made to various spots remembered from our days there in the 1950 - 1960's. We first visited the site where our home was lost during the 1964 earthquake. Surprizingly, they have now stabilized (?) part of Earthquake Park and new homes have been constructed where our house had been.
We visited the home we built after the quake and while taking photos we were suddenly greeted by our old friends and next door neighbors during our Anchorage days in the 1960's. They are still living there in retirement.
We also visited the Bush Pilot Air Museum at Lake Hood and especially enjoyed the photos of old pilot friends and acquaintances. While in the area we checked numerous Piper PA-12 planes looking for the one we owned while in Alaska (N3861M). The PA-12 is still a very popular bush plane.
On the second day we drove to Alyeska where Dave had taken skiing lessons as a youngster. After a ride on the ski lift (amidst swarms of black flies), we proceeded to the Whittier tunnel and drove through to Whittier and back, returning to Anchorage. The tunnel was originally a railroad tunnel built duing WWII to access the year around open port at Whittier. About two years ago, it was converted to also accomodate automobile traffic on a one way basis, changing direction each hour. It is the longest vehicle tunnel in the U.S. (over 2 miles)
The flight from Talkeetna to Anchorage on day 6 was 75 miles in an hour flying time.
September 12, 2004
The flight left Anchorage and continued down over the Kenai Peninsula where Bill had been involved in drilling 53 oil and gas wells during the late 1950's and 1960's. The sight of an old airstrip that he had utilized during the drilling operations is now abandoned but easily seen.A stop was made at Homer for refueling and then flight continued to Seward and across the Prince William Sound glacier area before landing at Valdez for fuel. The flight continued to Cordova where a landing was made on the town gravel strip. We spent overnight at the Prince William Hotel.
The distance flown during the day was approximately 140 miles on a sightseeing route to Homer and then 230 miles to Valdez and another 50 miles to Cordova for a total of 420 miles and 5 hours flying time.
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