Took off from Whitehorse, CYXY and flew the Chilkoot trail over to Skagway and cleared customs in Haines, AK...weather down to not much so couldn't fly over Glacier bay. Headed up north and found a hole over the O'Connor River...punched through there and down into the Tatshenshini River, into the Alsek and over Alsek lake and into Dry Bay... bummed around checking out the dozen plus bush strips and the "beach". Landed at Andy's strip at first (AK 76) but the fresh Grizz scats quickly convinced me to get back up and over to the main strip where my friends picked me up. Spent the night and following day quading around camp and walking the beach.... I was SHOCKED..the beach is absolutely littered by Japanese Tsunami artefacts...I found fire extinguishers, detergent bottles and bottles of all sorts, medical needles (that I quickly placed in the detergent plastic bottle), sandals, glue sticks for kids, spray cans (like WD-40), etc, etc, etc... I dont know what the solution is because this crap will/is present from Mexico to Alaska... Perhaps they should pay already poor fisherman and students to walk and pick up debris for couple of years...expensive endeavour but really needs it...believe me, what used to be absolutely pristine minus the usual fisherman crap that you find on the beach (nets, boeys, etc from when I walked there over 10 yrs ago) is now fully littered by garbage... not cool. Anyways, weather was down to the ground for 24 hrs until it lifted enough for me to take off at 11:30pm after Paul Swanson and his Bush Hawk XP from Haines came for a short visit. I flew the Tat all the way up then across back to Whitehorse, landing around 1:30am...gotta luv 24hr sunlight!
Here's the route: http://share.findmespot.com/shared/face ... WH6oiFuJCR
Flying over Porcupine Creek's Parker Schnoble's property on Gold Rush Alaska
Glacier flying down the Tatshenshini. Right above it on a clear day you would see British Columbia's highest Peak, Mt Fairweather.
Flying over the Alsek River
Alsek Lake in sight
Dont kid yourselves...them chunks are the size of my house few times over!
Dry Bay- The Pacific looking towards Yakutat
The Pacific looking towards Glacier Bay
Two runways...the main one in sight (used for sports fishing) and another one, parrallel slightly to the right (AK76), Andy's strip where I landed at first.
At Ak76 "Andy's Strip"
The "Main Strip" at Dry Bay - South End used for Rafter's pick up. North end is the fish processing plant. Hans from Yakutat flew in several times with his beautiful Turbo Otter. Air North's Hawker Siddeley 748 used to fly frequently into here to pick up rafters (prior to 9/11) and had no more than 6-12" to spare on each end of the wings! Great drivers