Wendell Folks Alaska Trip - Page 37.
July 24, 2007: Day 5 continues with the guys
now enroute on the final leg of the flight from Chickamauga, Georgia to Anchorage, Alaska.
Terry is again getting telephoto pictures of snow-capped mountains in the distance.
Where the air is cool, there are also glaciers like this one. This photo
shows the south end of Tazlina Lake at the bottom of the photo and Tazlina Glacier beyond
Terry pulls the zoom lens back to show more of the lake and glacier off to the
left side on the aircraft.
The next valley west has another glacier and snow melt waters forming the river
downstream from it. This one is the Nelchina Glacier.
Lest you forget, the navigation today is "I.F.R." or I Follow Roads.
The weather ahead is from a low pressure area moving in from the Gulf of Alaska and
the Pacific Ocean. The guys talked to some local pilots before leaving Gulkana
Airport. They pointed out that on the way to Anchorage, there are places where the
highway is up on the hill sides, but the river may be a few hundred feet below. In
case of low ceilings, they were told to use that extra depth of the valley over the river
as needed to remain in visual meteorological conditions (VMC). The highway is
climbing into the mountains and the passes between them as we head toward Anchorage to the
Terry is really getting prolific with the photos as this last flight to
Anchorage progresses. Wendell is flying his Cessna for what will be the last time on
the final leg to Anchorage.
This gravel air strip is right next to the Glenn Highway. This is an area
where visual flight rules apply down in the valleys. All the photos on this page
show the overcast and IFR conditions above the mountains.
The beauty of the landscape is amazing in the rich green foliage and the stark
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