Finally got some time to do a little editing. We took off from Valdez Alaska at 9:30 PM in early June. The next few videos I’ll be posting in the coming weeks are from this flight. We were up for an hour and a half and were in day conditions the entire flight. Got back down on the ground around 11:00 PM. Summer flying in Alaska has its advantages. 🙂
Im really excited about the next few videos I’ll be sharing with you all. My family and I were able to go home to Valdez Alaska to visit the grandpa and grandma for a week. The weather was very cooperative and we were blessed with blue skies and snow capped mountains. I broke our first flight into three videos as I found it very difficult to cut any of it out during editing. The scenery is just stunning. Growing up here I never truly appreciated the backdrop that surrounds the town of Valdez. I hope you enjoy this first episode. We took off from Valdez Airport PAVD or VDZ and head up the first valley accessible from town. Mineral Creek has some active gold mines and is groomed all winter with some spectacular cross country skiing trails.
The Music in this show.
Artist: Dan Tharp
Artist: Justin Gordon
Song: “Shack Song:
Artist: Dan Tharp
My first opportunity to land on a beach just off the south coast of Alaska. I have flown out to this spot a few times as a passenger, but this was my first time landing at this picturesque location. This was also my first real opportunity for soft field landings and departures.
On a beautiful sunny day we hop in the 172 and take off from the Valdez headed out to Hook Point. This is a beach landing on an amazing Alaskan rugged coastline. The shores are filled with tall pine trees and jagged rock formations. The beach at low tide has more than enough room for landing. A tidbit of information for those of you unaccustomed to beach landings. You want to put the plane down on the dark colored sand. This is the part of the beach that still is fairly damp which allows the sand to be very firm. If you land on the light colored dry sand you can easily flip your plane onto its nose. Just a disclaimer here.. Never attempt landings like this unless you receive some training first.
This beach happens to be give you acces to a cabin put up by the forest service for fly-in stays. Its a nice little A-Frame structure with a wood stove a little loft and a couple of bunks. A great little weekend getaway. Make sure you sign the guest book if you do end up visiting.