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ANOTHER TRIP TO ALASKA
SEPTEMBER, 2010
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The following webpage is again presented by days of the trip and with further breakdown into the flight landing legs. As indicated on Page 1, the trip was routed up the coast to Yakutat with intent to explore the status of property they own at Icy bay and afterward to continue up the coast to Prince William Sound and then inland to Talkeetna and Farewell Lake. The return route was first directed inland to visit Dawson City In the Yukon Territory and then return to the coast near Prince Rupert via the Casiar Highway. This provided the option of diverting inland if coastal weather was not friendly at the time of their return.


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DAY 5
YAKUTAT TO TALKEETNA
September 9, 2010

On Thursday, September 9, David and Bill took off from Yakutat and headed north, flying direcly across Yakutat Bay as fog precluded flying within reach of the shoreline. After crossing the bay,they proceeded along the shoreline past the moraine of the Malaspina Glacier which is the largest piedmont glacier in the world; about 35 miles across. They had hoped to make another pass by the Chaix Hills but fog and low clouds forced them to proceed across Icy Bay and to follow the beach past Yakataga and the Bering Glacier. As they approached Kayak Island and Cape St. Elias they were able to turn inland across the Copper River Delta toward the Cordova (Mud Hole Smith) Airport. Upon landing, they found that 100LL gasoline was not available and they had to fly to the Cordova Municipal airstrip, a gravel strip 8 miles further alongside the highway and Eyak Lake; adjacent to the city of Cordova. 100LL fuel was available at the floatplane dock and the hose reached up to the gravel road at the end of the airstrip.

After refueling at Cordova,they proceeded across Prince William Sound. They flew over Hawkins Island and across the sound to Eleanor Island. The weather was improving and they flew above the lower clouds directly toward Kenai They descended near Cooper Landing to the Kenai river and flew directly to the Kenai Airport. After refueling they had an excellent lunch at the airport cafe. (Bill said his milkshake was the finest he had ever had!).

From Kenai, they flew across Cook Inlet and the Susitna flats past Mt. Susitna to Talkeetna, where they were met by Dean and Joanne Young who have a summer home residence nearby in the Montana Creek area. Before proceeding to the Young's home , they stopped for dinner at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge which is a n outstanding deluxe resort with an excellent restaurant (Foraker Room) and the lodge has a fabulous view of Mt. McKinley.

The Youngs have a super Alaska home with outstanding view of Mt. McKinley. They have a very nice guest cabin where Dave and Bill stayed overnight.Their home enjoys commercial power, satellite TV and a DSL telephone connection. They have done a great job in furnishing their home for the Alaska environment. This was the third visit that Bill and David had made to their home.

Total distance flown during the day was about 430 miles in 4 hours flyig time.



ROUTE YAKUTAT TO CORDOVA

ROUTE CORDOVA TO KENAI
ROUTE KENAI TO TALKEETNA
GLACIER BEAR LODGE ROOMS
EAGLES ATOP OLD YAKUTAT HANGER
DC3 IN YAKUTAT HANGER
FOG AND LOW CLOUDS YAKUTAT BAY
NORTH SHORE YAKUTAT BAY
NORTH SHORE YAKUTAT BAY
ONE OF MANY GLACIERS YAKUTAT TO CORDOVA
APPROACHING MUDHOLE SMITH AIRPORT CORDOVA
GLACIER NEAR MHS AIRPORT
FINAL FOR RUNWAY 34 MUDHOLE SMITH AIRPORT (CDV)
CORDOVA AIRPORT BUILDINGS
CORDOVA AIRPORT BUILDINGS
CORDOVA AIRPORT TERMINAL
DAVID FUELING AIRPOLANE AT
CORDOVA MUNICIPAL (PCKU)
CORDOVA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT
CORDOVA HARBOR
MONTAGUE AND GREEN ISLANDS
PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND
PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND
PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND
KENAI PENINSULA MOUNTAINS
KENAI PENINSULA MOUNTAINS
KENAI PENINSULA MOUNTAINS
FISHING RESORT ON KENAI RIVER
RUSSIAN LAKE
KENAI AIRPORT ENA
PREP LAND KENAI 1L
HIGHWAY NORTH OF KENAI
SUSITNA RIVER
TIE DOWNS AT TALKEETNA
PLANE PARKING SIGN AT TALKEETNA
FIREPLACE IN MAIN TALKEETNA LODGE
TALKEETNA LODGE PARKING AND ROOM BUILDINGS
MAIN ENTRY TO TALKEETNA LODGE
DEAN & JOANNE YOUNGS
TALKEETNA GUEST CABIN
DAVID IN GUEST CABIN
MT. MCKINLEY FROM DEAN & JOANNES' LIVING ROOM
MODIFIED CESSNA 170B WITH 180 HP AT TALKEETNA


DAY 6
TALKEETNA TO GLENALLEN
September 10, 2010

The Youngs served a fine breakfast and took Dave and Bill to the airport for an early start on Friday, September 10. The weather was beautiful with not a cloud in the sky. After fueling they took off heading for Rainy Pass and Farewell Lake where Bill had guided for Dall Sheep and Grizzly during his vacations while working in the early Alaskan oil operations during the late 1950's and 1960's. The flight over Rainy Pass rekindled memories of those days.

After passing Rainy Pass and the Rhone cabin they were shocked to see miles of recent forest fire burned area. The real shock came when they reached the site of Farewell Lake Lodge where the fire had burned all of the buildings to the ground. After several passes over the ashen ruins they decided not to land at either the old guide strip or the Tin Creek airstrip and turned back over Rainy Pass and Rainy Pass Lodge heading for Palmer just north of Anchorage.

The flight over the Susitna valley was uneventful but both were impressed with all the housing expansion that has occured in the past 50 years since they lived in Alaska. After refueling at the Palmer Airport, the manager of Alaska Air Academy kindly loaned them a car to drive to town for lunch. While waiting on their luncheon they were reviewing charts when the waitress expressed interest and returned with the owners wife. Her husband has just purchased a Cessna 180 in California and flown it back to Alaska. They had quite a discussion and a very enjoyable lunch.

After reviewing several alternate routes, Dave and Bill decided to head for Dawson City before turning back south. For route they chose to fly up the the Glenn Highway route to the Glennallen/ Gulkana Airport. The weather was still beautiful and the route is quite scenic as it follows the Matanuska river with the Talkeetna Mountains on the north side and the Chugach mountains to the south. As they were leaving the Palmer airport , Bill oticed two C82 type aircraft which in the 1960's were operated by Bob sholton and Carson and which Bill had chartered for his company for north slope freight hauls.

About halfway the route passes the Matanuska Glacier followed by Sheep Mountain where they spotted several Dall sheep basking near the mountain summit..

At Gulkana they called for a hotel in Glennallen about 15 miles away. A man (Park Criner), came to pick them up who turned out to be a most interesting and entertaining man. He owns nearly all the business buildings in Glennallen, including the hotel, restaurant, bank building, grocery store building,etc.and does the airport pickups for enjoyment of meeting people and talking about flying . Most interesting was that he knew Bill's next door neighbor through a long time business relationaship. He also provided transport to the airport the following morning. they also found the Caribou hotel to offer very good accomodations.


ROUTE TALKEETNA TO FAREWELL TO PALMER
ROUTE PALMER TO GLENNALLEN
MT. MCKINLEY SCENE
MT. MCKINLEY SCENE
MT. MCKINLEY SCENE
MT. MCKINLEY SCENE
MT. MCKINLEY SCENE
GURNEY & AUGUSTIN PEAKS
ALASKA RANGE NEAR RAINY PASS
ALASKA RANGE NEAR RAINY PASS
ALASKA RANGE NEAR RAINY PASS
ALASKA RANGE NEAR RAINY PASS
KUSKOKWIM RIVER
FAREWELL LAKE LODGE SITE
LODGE DESTROYED BY FOREST FIRE
FAREWELL LAKE LODGE SITE
LODGE DESTROYED BY FOREST FIRE
FAREWELL LAKE LODGE SITE
LODGE DESTROYED BY FOREST FIRE
RAINY PASS LODGE AND AIRSTRIP<
RAINY PASS LODGE AND AIRSTRIP
OVER BIG LAKE
NEAR PALMER
NEAR PALMER
PALMER AIRPORT
BEAUTIFUL DAY AT PALMER
DEPARTING PALMER
TWO C82'S PARKED AT STRIP END
MATANUSKA VALLEY
CHUGACH MOUNTAIN RANGE
MATANUSKA GLACIER
MATANUSKA GLACIER
MATANUSKA GLACIER
DALL SHEEP ON SHEEP MOUNTAIN
DALL SHEEP ON SHEEP MOUNTAIN
WRANGELL MOUNTAIN RANGE
GULKANA AIRPORT WITH GRAVEL STRIP ON LEFT
1946C AND DAVE AT GULKANA


DAY 7
GLENNALLEN TO DAWSON CITY, YUKON TERRITORY
September 11, 2010

On the morning of September 11, after waiting for fog to clear, Park Criner drove Bill and Dave to the Gulkana airport. They fueled the airplane and departed for Tok, Alaska. (Tok Junction Airport 6K8). After the fog cleared , flight conditions were excellent. While at Tok, Bill looked at a couple of Piper PA12's which brought back nostalgic memories since he had owned a highly modified PA12 in the 1960's while in Alaska.

They took off and flew directly to Dawson City airport which is about 10 miles up the river from Dawson City. No other airplanes were seen along the way. Not many touring planes were still in the region as morning temperatures were beginning to drop to freezing level.

Again the hotel sent another interesting man to pick them up. On the way to the Eldorado Holtel he drove around town pointing out various sites and relating their history. Upon reaching the hotel, he refused a tip , and advised that he again was the owner of the hotel. He also took Dave and Bill to the airport the following morning.

ROUTE GLENNALLEN TO TOK
ROUTE TOK TO DAWSON CITY
GULKANA AIRPORT
COPPER RIVER & VALDEZ HIGHWAY
SMALL LAKES
NEAR TOK
TOK AIRPORT
TOK AIRPORT BUILDINGS
PIPER PA12 AT TOK
PIPER PA12 AT TOK
YUKON RIVER NEAR ALASKA / CANADA BORDER
YUKON RIVER NEAR ALASKA / CANADA BORDER
HILLS NEAR DAWSON CITY
DAWSON CITY IN DISTANCE
KLONDIKE RIVER
DREDGE TAILINGS IN PANCAKE LAYERS
MINED HILLSIDES NEAR DAWSON CITY
CANADIAN CUSTOMS AT DAWSON CITY
CANADIAN CUSTOMS AT DAWSON CITY
ROBERT W. SERVICE CABIN
ROBERT W. SERVICE CABIN
ROBERT W. SERVICE CABIN
PLACARD AT SERVCE CABIN
SERVICES' CHAIR USED FOR READINGS
VERY ATTRACTIVE LOG HOME IN DAWSON CITY
JACK LONDON CABIN IN DAWSON CITY
DAVE AND JACK LONDON FOOD CACHE
CHEVRON SERVICE STATION!
PALACE GRAND THEATRE
YUKON RIVER WITH SMALL STERN WHEELER
YUKON RIVER
YUKON RIVER
FLORA DORA HOTEL
FLORA DORA WINDOW DISPLAY OF WARES
ELDORADO HOTEL
ELDORADO HOTEL
MAXIMILIANS EMPORIUM
DAWSON CITY GENERAL STORE
DIAMOND TOOTH GERTIES
CAN CAN DANCERS AT GERTIES




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