FLY ALASKA 2004
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September 13, 2004
Upon leaving Cordova, we continued down the coast to Icy Bay where we own a cabinsite that we homesteaded in 1965. It is located on the Chaix Hills which are foothills of Mt. St. Elias with its majestic peak towering 18,008 feet above. The site overlooks the Malispina Glacier which with its 35 miles width is the largest Piedmont Glacier in the world.
Although the old abandoned Chaix Hills airstrip appeared usable for bush airplanes, we could not consider landing with our small wheels and tricycle gear. Instead we continued on to Yakutat for lunch and fuel and then continued on down the coast in marginal weather to Sitka.
The flight from Cordova to Yakutat was 220 miles and another 210 miles took us to Sitka for a total of 430 miles in 5 hours flying time.
September 14, 2004
Upon leaving Sitka, we continued down the coast on the outside of Baranof before going inland to Ketchikan where we took on fuel. We then continued to Prince Rupert for fuel and an overnight stop.The weather continued to be marginal but when clear spots were encountered, the scenery was spectacular.
The distance flown during the day was approximately 190 miles from Sitka to Ketchikan and then another 100 miles to Prince Rupert for a total of 290 miles and 3 hours flying time.
September 15, 2004
Upon leaving Prince Rupert, the weather again favored offshore as we flew south and we passed by Bella Bella and continued to Port Hardy for a fuel stop.
At Port Hardy, we were delayed by weather and finally obtained clearance to Qualicum Beach, just north of Nanaimo.
After several hours delay we were cleared to Friday Harbor and we were able to revise our clearance on to Port Townsend in the air. We were met by a Customs agent at Port Townsend and David took off to continue to Auburn.
Total distance for the day to Port Townsend was 320 to Port Hardy and an additional 240 from Port Hardy to Port Townsend for a day total of 560 miles.
Total distance for the Fly Alaska 2004 was 4,035 nautical miles or 4,640 statute miles.
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