25 June 2011

Project 365: Week 26 (The Alaska Edition, Part 2)

Our son-in-law is an airplane mechanic and a pilot.  He took the Spousal Unit and I flying last night in a Cessna Skyhawk SP.  We went out to Mt. McKinley and had an awesome two hour flight getting out there and "touring" Mt. McKinley and the other assorted mountains and glaciers there.  Most of the pictures were taken from about 8000-9000 feet and between 9:00-11:30 pm (note how light it still is).

The plane.

This is kind of a perspective shot so you can see how high we were.

That is Mt. McKinley in the center.  As we flew closer, it just kept getting bigger...and bigger...and bigger!

The "trail" below is actually a furrow carved by a glacier.  It has receded over many years but you can see how much ground it used to cover.

Some pictures out the side and front of the plane.

See what I mean about Mt.McKinley just getting bigger and bigger?

I put these in to try and show how beautiful and absolutely *huge* everything was.  It was so cool to be able to fly right up to Mt. McKinley and then spend time exploring it, Mt. Hunter and the surrounding area so closely and at our leisure.  Our son-in-law was great to take the time to do that for us.  Definitely a highlight of the trip!


  1. you get my vote as best pics of the week

    and i would soooo love to be flying that plane

    i've flown cubs before but never over that kind of terrain :)
    what fun!!!

  2. Gorgeous pictures! I would love to go to Alaska someday...