A Journal, with Pictures

Alaska Trip Ketchican and then North

by on Jul.26, 2010, under Flying

June 30, July 1

We get up early and discover that the weather has changed again and our original plan looks feasible, so we scrap plan “B” and head for Ketchikan. We climb out over beautiful Vancouver Island and the waters of British Columbia, but soon are above the clouds. Not much flight seeing, but we are on our way to Alaska. The clouds came up to meet us, and we started picking up ice so we climb higher. When we near Ketchikan, we prepare for an instrument approach but see a hole in the clouds and dive through. This turns out to have a good result, but in retrospect, we should have done the approach because of the high terrain and tons of sea plane traffic. We tie down at a very interesting airport, take the ferry across the channel and check into the hotel. We rent a car and drive to an area where bears can be seen fishing for salmon. We see lots of salmon and eagles, but no bears. We then visit the old area of town that once was the red light district, then off to a totem park.

The next morning, we fly to Yakutat avoiding the ice and then again flying above the clouds. No flight seeing. We make a instrument approach into Yakutat in a light drizzle. Yakutat is a fishing lodge, with self service fuel on a big airport, which was most likely built in WWII. The lodge is rustic but the food is good, so we fuel up and are on our way to Seward. We find that Anchorage radar can’t let us down to get into Seward, so we head for our alternate, Anchorage International. We fly on top of clouds and soon start to see big mountains rising above the cloud level. We land, rent a car and enjoy the drive to Seward along a very scenic highway.

We check into our motel, a real dump, but with the holiday weekend the best available and get ready to explore Seward tomorrow.

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