The departure from Graham. Can you tell who is from Texas and who is from Alaska?
The Red River crossing into Oklahoma
Crop circles in the Texas panhandle.
The first stuck valve.
Bunkers north of Sidney, Nebraska.
Getting out of the flat lands between Nebraska and Wyoming.
Pitstop on the side of a hill, aborted take-off on a two track caused a little stir after Spider Tracks captured it for all the world to see.
Put the Cub in Dave's hanger in anticipation of the coming snow.
Woke up to a snow storm in Miles City, Montana.
Ready to depart Dave's place by Miles City, MT.
Dave giving Tal some last minute advice on snow operations on Bushwheels.
Ralph and tal at Winifred, MT. Great breakfast.
Cutbank, MT last stop before the border.
Cut Bank, Montana
Del Bonita, MT border crossing.
Runway at Del Bonita. The border runs right down the center line.
Catching some Z's.
Three Hills, AB Canada. Great fuel stop where you have to use the antiquated credit card machine.
Tal topping off the tanks at Three Hills.
Cooking Lake just south east of Edmonton, AB.
Forrest and Tal at Cooking Lake. Forrest had his daughter send me a text inviting us to dinner and a place to stay for the night. He doesn't text. :)
Valley View, AB, no self service fuel.
Fort St John, Canada.
Dieter and his freshly painted C185.
Laird River Valley west of Ft. Nelson on the way to Watson Lake.
Laird River Valley west of Ft. Nelson on the way to Watson Lake
Mountains west of Ft. Nelson on the way to Watson Lake
Landing on the Alcan highway at the Laird Hot Springs.
Camping in the parking lot across from the hot springs.
Dipping in the hot springs.
Morning frost at 20-25 degrees.
Coffee on the Jetboil.
We pulled onto the highway behind this motor home and passed them as they passed a herd of buffalo.
Final to Watson Lake.
Snow covered mountains between Watson Lake and White Horse.
Sheep tracks for miles across the ridge tops.
Walking into Beaver Creek for dinner.
Camped under the wing at Beaver Creek Canada just 40 miles from Northway, Alaska.
The view from the tent at Beaver Creek.
Departing Beaver Creek.
Northway Alaska. Met US customs there. It looked abandoned.
We made it. Lake Hood airstrip, Anchorage, Alaska. 43 hours of flying time.
Lake Hood gravel strip.
Departing Lake Hood for Ultima Thule Lodge.
Flying Wild Alaska's Ferno Tweto with the gals of SuperCub.org
Gary visits with Jim and Ferno Tweto.
Cathy catches some puppy time in the Bushwheel Mobile.
Cool stuff at the Airmen Show like Randy's carbon fiber extended baggage.
And seat back.
Some cool airplanes at the Airmen Show as well.
Trying to fix oil leaks in the transient parking at Lake Hood. I really missed my hanger and tools.
Turnagain Arm on the way to Seward with Cathy.
River along the highway to Seward.
Cathy isn't even cold. :)
Resurrection Bay from the Seward shoreline.
Moose eating in Tal's folks backyard.
Following Woodson to Ultima Thule.
And the visibility improves.
Chitina River Valley.
Flying the Chitina River Valley on the way to the lodge.
On final to Ultima Thule Lodge.
Ultima Thule Super Cubs and 185.
Tal and i arrive at Ultima Thule Lodge.
Tal cleaning up the oilleak we didn't seem to fix.
Bill and Dianna prior to antler drop hunting. They took care of me in Valdez where I slept in the Bushwheel trailer and had a great breakfast and coffee. :) Plus Dianna kept my feet warm by loaning me her boots for the Geocache.
Hank, Caleb and Dillon.
The Geocache crew.
Mile High cliff where we placed our first Geocache egg.
Outhouse, the egg no one got.
Remote gravel strip west of the lodge.
Spot of gravel just right to land on.
Like Paul says, "It's always rougher than it looks." It was. :)
Jake's Bar cabin.
Our egg at Jake's Bar.
Tal, Bobby and Dillon at the Lodge.
Chatting with Cathy after dinner.
Getting coordinates for tomorrows geocache.
One of the Claus' retired sled dogs.
Bushwheel Bill and Paul Claus prior to the start of the Geocache.
Hank departs in the Skeleton Cub.
Bad picture of Donna Claus and her entourage of dogs. I bet there were 8 of her best friends. :)
Doug Kellers flap modification modeled after Paul's Otter.
We found Jay's "Gimme" egg when we went to cache some fuel. Funny that we picked the same gravel bar that Paul and Jay chose to cache their fuel. 6 hrs. to find eggs and you can't go back to the lodge so you have to cache fuel.
Tal the acrobat, obtaining the code from the egg in the middle of "X" between the two trusses.
They landed on this side of the river and took a rubber boat to the other side to place the egg.
No dry suit or rubber boat so you swim.
King of the Hill.
Another long hike and trip up.
It's here somewhere.
Tal at a frozen waterfall.
Readying for the Valdez STOL competition, 35" Bushwheels and Baby Bushwheel get swapped for 31" and stock tail wheel.
Bill's bonfire on the river.
Collie and Logan take a dip in the river. Not this Texas boy. :)
Paul returns from dropping off climbers in the Otter.
The Otter departs for Valdez with the Bushwheel crew and puppies.
Clearing out my gear from my room of 3 days at Ultima Thule Lodge. Great accommodations.
Following the Copper river down to Thompson Pass and on to Valdez.
Dave Calkins helping everyone get ready for the STOL competition. This is Josh Pepperd's Producer which came in third overall and made a remarkable 30 foot landing.
DW's Super Cub. Pretty cool that I saw that fuselage fixed in my jig a few years ago.
J5 Ron's well used Super Cub. You can't say this one is a hanger queen. :)
Eddie and Dan depart Valdez after winning the Alternate Bush contest.
Paul Clause and Kirk Ellis.
The City of Valdez.
I believe this is the Shoup Glacier.
Heading up the coast to Anchorage.
Base to Lake Hood strip. The ice is out and they are landing on the water. Only 4 days prior it was almost all ice.
Lots of float planes.
Arriving at Lake Hood in a gaggle of four Super Cubs from Valdez.
Excessive crankcase pressure and a starter gasket someone installed backwards was the cause of our oil leakage.
Discovered this bad lifter and a bad cam lobe when cylinders were removed to check the excessive crankcase pressure.
Silk thread on the case half.
New cam and lifters installed, ready to start torquing.
Got to see this Cessna 185 depart Lake Hood while I visited the Alaskan Aviation Museum.