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Old 08-30-2016, 10:33 PM
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Thank you Vlad. Your stories and inspirational pictures are an inspiration to us all. Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your journey.

I know you passed us by this time, but keep us in mind on one of your future journeys. We will make it worth your while.
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:53 PM
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That's one impressive rock Lars. It's pretty steep how did you climb it?
It was quite a scramble, especially with slippery puffin guano everywhere. But that was over 30 years ago, when I was... ahem... more capable.

If you can include KDWA on your route, you have a comfortable place for the night and all the beer (or any other beverage) you can wish for. I'll even fire up the Weber and provide you something to wash down.
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Old 08-31-2016, 06:23 AM
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Polishing off almost the entire rim of Alaska in only a couple of days?? In a little RV-9A aircraft? Who knew it was so easy? Just kidding, what a daring, inspirational adventure, a wild run. Great to have someone show how to stretch the limits. Sure glad the motor didn't quit over one of those isolated arctic beaches with hungry polar bears on the prowl for whale meat or whatever flesh they could get their teeth on. Thanks for sharing Vlad, I'm loving it.

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Old 08-31-2016, 07:20 AM
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Vlad,
I visited Unalakleet back in '98 and got to see part of the Iditarod race while there. Never been there during the Summer though. I'm sure you're having a great time up there. Thanks for inspiring us all with your journey!
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Old 08-31-2016, 10:11 AM
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This has been better than a James Bond movie, inspirational and enjoyable.
My hats off to you and I have a case of beer of your choosing anytime you are in the area
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Old 08-31-2016, 03:09 PM
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Talking Day 9. Exiting Alaska.

Thanks guys for nice comments. I am glad I brought back your good memories of the past.


... it's time to move on. Palmer, AK is a great stop for a weary traveler. Lodging and food in walking distance from the airport. $5 for overnight parking well worth it.




I decided to track the Highway again.




The longest runway ever built. Motorists are not that speedy here and there are not many of them. Visibility on the nose is great as well













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Old 08-31-2016, 03:13 PM
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Talking Day 9. Matanushka Charm and Punches of Tazlina.

The Tour of the Glaciers started with Matanushka. Beautiful place the ride was very smooth.





I reached abeam Finland Peak and turned around.








I landed at Tazlina airport to regroup.





After that I tried to fly the valley of Tazlina Lake and the glacier.





Over the lake the turbulence was so bad I had trouble to keep wings level. I entered the valley it was blowing in all directions I immediately turned around.




Till next time Tazlina.


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Old 08-31-2016, 03:15 PM
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Default Day 9. Nabesna Grandeur and Gulkana Hospitality

Nabesna tour was next. It was the biggest glacier I've visited (out of 4 I've flown over).










Passed by Wrangell Mountains.





Stopped at Gulkana Airport PAGK for fuel and food. The gas is relatively cheap $6.15 per Alaska standards. The fridge was stocked with good food not just snacks.



I called CANPASS, relaxed for half an hour and started moving toward Canadian AOE.

Beaver Creek CYXQ had a customs outpost next to it but officers were busy and nobody came to me.





I stretched my legs cleaned all trash from the airplane and stocked it in a bear protected container by the airport terminal. Quite a contraption is that container I can tell you.




One more stop then another one and I will be in Atlin, BC for the night.
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Old 08-31-2016, 08:39 PM
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Seeing things like this is what keeps my RV dream's life support "plugged in".

Thanks, Vlad!
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