Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Running around a warmer North
I've been running around Alaska for the past week or so, revisiting friends and making new ones. I'm also gathering material for two new Weekend Wings articles, which you can look for very soon now. One will be about Alaskan bush aircraft (which are a fascinating study), and the other will look at Lake Hood, the world's biggest seaplane/floatplane base. I'm also helping to assemble the wings of a 1941 Taylorcraft, which are being re-sparred and re-covered. I don't think I'll be around for her first flight after restoration, but that should happen by the end of July, all being well. The owner's really looking forward to it!
It's a lot warmer now than during my previous visit in early April, but it's still cold to my southern sensibilities. The days are typically in the 50's to 60's (degrees Fahrenheit), with nights down in the 40's. To Alaskans, this is high summer: but since I left Louisiana with daytime temperatures in the mid-90's, with hundreds on the way next month, it still seems chilly to me!
I'm hoping to have better Internet access from next week, so that my posting intensity can return to normal. Meanwhile, I'm posting a few bits and pieces, a few days in advance, so as to have something for you to read. Thanks for your patience.