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Flying in Ketchikan, Alaska
Flying SeaPlanes in Ketchikan, Alaska has been the highlight of my career in Aviation. Began flying up there when I was 17 years old. Literally flew around the area, that many of us termed as, “God’s Country”. Which seemed to fit as a perfect description of this region. The sheer beauty of it.
Here I am helping my passenger off my plane. Circa 1987. I was a 19 year old Commercial Seaplane pilot. 🙂
Here are a few of the aircraft I flew in the 1980’s. With Temsco Airlines, Inc.
These are incredible machines. The DHC – 2 (Beaver) and the DHC – 3 (Otter) The work horses of South East Alaska. Really great machines to fly. This is when the DHC-3 Otters had radial engines, before they were all converted to the Turbine Engines.
Seeing Southeast Alaska from the Sky was an amazing time. And some truly beautiful Country.
This is how we go lake fishing in Alaska.
And the flight seeing really began to take shape in the 80’s. A big draw was, and still is, the Misty Fjords.
When you close your eyes and picture Alaska, you are in the Misty Fjords National Monument. Icy blue lakes, waterfalls, snowcapped peaks, glacial valleys … literally everywhere you point your camera, it’s a postcard. There are two ways to experience “the Mistys,” as we affectionately call them: from a floatplane, where you get a true eagle’s eye view; and on a cruise tour, where you can actually feel the vibration of nature. Both are jaw-droppingly incredible.
The Entrance to Rudyard Bay.
Big Goat Lake
And on the mountain tops, many times on snow caps, we were have a chance to see herds of mountain goat, up at at 3,000 – 4,000 foot mark, on the mountain sides.
Truly saw some amazing territory. One that, I have seen, many times, passengers seeing this with me, with tears in their eyes, or streaming down their face, at the sheer beauty of it all. Breathtaking.
Yes, I miss flying up in Alaska, and will cherish the times I flew up there. Flew with some amazing people, many of whom I still remain in contact with. Great pilots.
The birds, back at the ranch, getting ready for the next load of passengers, mail, groceries and or supplies.
Campers, tourists, the Locals going home, hunters, fisherman and loggers. Yes, great times indeed.
One day, I will tell the story about the Super Pod of Killerwhales we saw one morning.
#Seaplanes #Ketchikan #Temsco Airlines #Misty Fjords
Finding new friends is like discovering gold, and or finding a diamond. Something that is rare and valuable. Something that can be cherished and protected. It is in the unexpected moments in life that, we make these discoveries. And at times, in a very timely manner.
This quote is so very true. When you find a true kindred spirit, a friend who really listens, who works to understand, who shares in your joys, your fears, your laughter and your tears. When you make that discovery, it really does bring new energy to your soul. Actually the BEST feeling ever. There really are only a handful people in my life that can be called “Friends”. The Circle around me is very tight. And prefer it that way. Only allow people in, who can challenge me, help keep me accountable, who cheer me on, and sometimes, who are just, “There”.
A true friend will always speak an encouraging word, and at times, is comforting and others, is a great challenge.
Pay attention, there is a friend just around the corner, who’s friendship will fit your personality, just like a glove. 🙂
#just some random thoughts #friends
This season, I have discovered that I like to Garden and play in the Dirt. Actually have raised Garden bed that I am working. The plan is to grow a small harvest for this spring / fall. We will have strawberries, two types of Tomatoes, Green Peppers, Red Peppers, Zuchinni and Cucumber. Also, we have an Apple tree that we are hoping will yield this fall. I am so excited about this. Weeding out the bed, and prepping the soil and getting the ground ready. So much fun, and a lot of work. But know, it will all be worth it in the end.
WHY HAVE A GARDEN?
Below are some of the planes I flew in SouthEast Alaska. Based out of Kethikan, Alaska. These beautiful, Dehavilland Beavers and Otters. This was during the Radial Engine days. Will Always cherish those memories and those adventures of flying around God’s Country. I mean it was incredible. This was in the Mid 1980’s. I was just a little puppy pilot back then. 🙂
Just sitting at my desk working.
Pondering a great many things today. Taking a moment to reflect on my life, and what I have done, where I have been. And the great many friends that have been there. The current thought is being thankful for the great “Wise Men” in my life that helped me when it felt like my world fell apart. They encouraged me, spoke into my life and were there for me when I just needed to vent and talk. Ken, Larry, Mark L. Mark N, Art, Jim. For you see, they have been down many trails in life and were able to help me to get back on my trail. Jim was tough on me, and will always appreciate that. A part of me believes that I am where I am today, because of these men. “Thank You Guys”.
Also missing my boys. That is a daily thing for me. I harbor in my heart the memories and shadow of memories of my kids when they were young, playing in the back yard, laughing, pretending, having fun. And yes, evening crying, as they were learning how to share Leadership roles. Now, they are all grown young men. And I miss them dearly. They all live in Southern California. They are great young men and am proud of each of them. One day, it is my hope they will talk with me again. My Son Michael is talking to me and for that am eternally happy. I pray everyday for them and for their safety and for the decisions they are making as they walk down their own trails of life. I am here for them should they ever want to talk to me.
Yes, pondering and praying today.