Friday, what a flight! And Saturday it’s Valdez.


So Thursday was a long, long drive to the airport at Chitina. We are now Kennicott Glacier Lodge, an old mining town, that is just “awesome.” And here after a flight in the smallest plane in the world that was equally “awesome” and terrifying in equal measure. There was the pilot, alongside him the owner of the company and then behind were Mary and me. Yes, a four seater something very tiny. The airfield, not quite Terminal 5!

Going back to the trip between Denali to Fairbanks, we turned off at one point looking for a picnic spot. The road had some beautifully named side roads; Harmonica drive, Violin road, crescent and circle, Sonata drive and mandolin crescent. How cool? We also pulled into a viewing site that had one car in it, only to immediately have the usual ‘Treen effect’ and in pulled one coach, then a huge winnebago, then another coach; until eventually we were surrounded by five of them!  Laugh, we had to wait for them all and their occupants to bugger off before we could get a clear shot.

Dinner at the Lodge was wonderful Halibut, as I said last time and he had a great collection of all sorts of odds and ends, as I think I said it was an antique hot spot. But in the air and to Kennicott.

A huge room but amazingly no phone, no fridge, no TV, no clock, no tea/coffee maker and no hair dryer. “Hair dryers are available at the Front Desk.” I must get down early tomorrow morning, I thought on Thursday night, to watch the place packed with people drying their hair. 🥴 Most peculiar, really most peculiar.

Dinner was a set time of 7pm, sort of Butlins in the Glaciers, and Sir Billy can be seen on the left above. We arrived at 6-50pm so dumped the cases and then had to find our named table. Anyway, all good fun, another five anti-Trump Americans and the staff were all absolutely lovely. A fascinating trip round the old mine on Friday and just a pottery day on Saturday, and a visit to McCarthy, before another unbelievable flight back to Chitina and a drive to Valdez, where I am now blogging from.

This was McCarthy the nearest town to Kennicott:

Its now nearly 11pm and we have been in bed no later than 9-30pm most nights; so more tomorrow folks!

Thanks for reading and lots more tomorrow; the wi-fi here is “perfect”. (Oh! That was a loud groan! 😆😂🤣😂)

M & M 🛩🇺🇸🥂🦅🦅🦅

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

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