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Kenai Peninsula Fire (Funny River Area)
This fire began in late May either through a spark from a chain saw or a poorly watched campfire. Although it was very close to Sterling and Kasilof, the hundreds of fire fighters were able to turn it back. It has been almost three weeks and it is still burning but is no longer hazardous to homes.
This shows the aftermath of the fire. From the new growth, food will spring up to feed the numerous moose. It is a cleansing of the forest, burning the beetle killed spruce and the many downed trees from wind storms. After a few days of rain, Morel mushrooms will spring up all over the burned ground. Within two years, Fireweed, and horsetails will grow followed by mosses and other small plants.
Fun Day Fishing May 12, 2011 at 9:31 am
Went halibut fishing back in 2011, and although choppy within two mile of shore, it became terrifying 5 miles out. We were absolutely vertical going up the waves, and then we'd drop like a rock into the trough between one wave and another. The waves washed over the boat from every direction. Many became ill at this point and were hanging on for dear life on deck. I held on for all I was worth but managed to fly up and hit the ceiling. An old guy in front of me was knocked out of his seat and across the cabin. All I could think of was the Perfect Storm. I just prayed we would get back to land. At this point, any thought of fishing was totally gone. I never thought we would get back to shore. The pilot called in that he had no control and could no longer keep a direction; so, we were taken back. I think all of us were just glad to be off the boat and alive.
Years ago a friend and I decided to get a float rating. We flew our planes to a little spot in the gold mining area of California. We learned to fly in a J3 super Cub, off a small pond. We learned to park on a beach, park next to a dock and tie off, fly over and under bridges, guy wires, anything that could hurt us. It was a lot of fun. This is NO cub. This has much more power and will hold a lot more weight. It is a workhorse of planes, the Canadian Beaver.
This is a plane with skis. We just landed atop Denali. It is a very insecure landing on skis. It is more like a controlled skid. You can taken advantage of similar flights through any of the air taxis in Talkeetna, Alaska.
A pilot and writer, who retired from many years of teaching the greatest students ever.