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Alaska Trip across the U.S. to Bellingham,WA

by on Jul.26, 2010, under Flying

June 27, 28 and 29

Bill McNabb, a pilot friend of mine, and I have been planning a flying trip across the United States. We would then go up the west coast of Alaska, visit Ketchikan, Seward and Denali, then through the Yukon Territory, across British Columbia, then back from Montana to Dayton, Ohio our starting point.

On our day of departure a huge ugly storm system across the upper Midwest caused us to re-plan our first day and fly south to Chanute, Kansas to refuel. We then flew to our initial destination Laramie, Wyoming. We skirt the storm the whole way and buck headwinds and arrive in Laramie after a long day. We over night and leave the next morning first stop Boise, Idaho. We get a great view of the continental divide with the Tetons in the distance.

It’s very hot in Boise, Idaho and after refueling and lunch we are off to Bellingham, Washington. We encounter clouds and turbulence as we fly over the Cascade range, but make a visual approach into our destination for the day.

Our plan is to fly to Ketchikan, Alaska tomorrow, but mother nature has other ideas. When we get up, low icing levels over our route cause us to start looking at an alternative plan. After giving up on plan“A”, we start planning another route up the east side of the Alaska Range. We lose a day, but we think we can rejoin our original itinerary in Alaska. We go to bed thinking that we will skip Ketchikan and go to Whitehorse in the Yukon tomorrow, then on to Anchorage the next day.

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