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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.

1. Anchorage Downtown
2. Lucky Wishbone Restaurant (1960's Favorite)
3. Anchorage From New earthquake Park
4. Site of Whitney Home Lost in 1964 Earthquake
6. Whitney Anchorage Home After Quake
9. Dave with Neighbor Friends
10. PA-12 At Lake Hood
11. Another PA-12
12. Another PA-12
13. PA-12 For Sale At Lake Hood
14. Price Info on PA-12 For Sale
15. Air Museum Photos ; Includes Jack Peck and Bob Reeves
16. Air Museum Photos; Merle "Mudhole" Smith
17. Travelair 6000 Formerly Owned by Jack Peck and others
18. Seward Highway
19. Alyeska Chalet Formerly Owned by Locke Jacobs
20. Alyeska Hotel
21. Turnagain Arm From Alyeska Ski Lift
22. Chugach Range From Ski Lift
23. Upper Ski Lift Terminal
24. Hang Glider Taking Off
25. Alyeska Hotel
26. Site of Receding Portage Glacier
27. Whittier Tunnel
28. Whittier Tunnel
29. Scene From Whittier Dock
30. Scene From Whittier Dock
31. Petroleum Storage at Whittier
32. Cruise Ship at Whittier

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.

33. Abandoned Swanson River Oilfield Airstrip
34. Well Site at Swanson River
35. Swanson River Gas Plant
36. Homer Spit
38. Homer
40. River at Head of Kachemak Bay
41. Glacier Flowing From Kenai Ice Field
44. Seward Airport
46. Prince William Sound
53. Columbia Glacier
54. Columbia Glacier
55. Valdez Oil Terminal
56. Valdez Airport
60. Shoreline Near Valdez
61. Downtown Cordova And Airstrip
62. Downtown Cordova Airstrip
63. Cordova Main Street
64. Cordova Prince William Hotel

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