Grouch it was a pleasure to meet both you and "once & future" at the aviation expo the other day. Thanks so much for stopping by to say hi.
I'm told that I got to see the Anchorage area at its very best in terms of weather this weekend. A T-craft friend of mine took me out to the Knik glacier gorge, up the glacier and over the hill to Prince William Sound, to the little airport at Hope out by Turnagain arm, and then back to Lake Hood strip. Wow! You Alaska guys have the most gorgeous scenery in the world to fly in. My host was a former resident of Nome and indeed had flown around Kotzebue in the past (but not professionally in the aforementioned awful conditions).
So I said the same stupid thing to him that every stupid tourist would say to a local pilot in Anchorage in May... "I'd love to move up here and fly around these places". So he says to me, "Well, can you handle a little cold weather?"
I said "Sure I can, back in California we know exactly when to put on our winter longjohns... as soon as the temperature plummets below +80 F"
For some reason he put me on the next flight back to Burbank.