pilot flew low all the way back giving us a great view of the ground.
I was surprised when the trees came into view at how much they had
changed while we were gone. Only a week ago they were almost completely
green but now there are huge
areas of brilliant fall yellow.
my 2 day layover in Fairbanks I stopped by the "Dairy" just on the
edge of Fairbanks, an old dairy farm converted to a wildlife reserve
that attracts Sandhill crane and Canada geese. The next day I drove
out the road and happened to come across a moose along the side
of the road.
I was off to the airport and headed back home but not before one
last surprise. Shortly after takeoff the Alaskan Airline's pilot
came over the intercom, "Hi folks we took off a little ahead of
schedule, I contacted the FAA, and have been granted permission
to vary off course and give you a loop trip around Mt. McKinley."
Wow, it was a beautiful day and an extraordinary site. I cannot
ever remember a commercial airline doing something like this.
back to reality and time to start planning for the next adventure.
Maybe back to Alaska, or Thailand, or some place new like Egypt,
Turkey, or Holland? Maybe something domestic like camping, and paddling
in the Bayou.
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was a great show.
Thank you Alaska Airlines!
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