Summer 2015 is well underway and I've not posted anything on the blog in too long. I've got photos stacking up and I'm starting to loose track of some of the good ones so I want to start sharing them. I spent a couple of weeks working southwest of Cold Bay, with a group of good friends. In 14 days we only had two that were really excellent with regard to the weather. In our daily fight with the the weather, we ended up with a lot of bunkhouse time, but at the end of two weeks the job was accomplished. I returned from two weeks in cold, wet, windy southwest Alaska to fly in the thick dense smoke of south-central caused by Alaska's dry dry winter and spring.
Ok, I'll be honest, the other reason that I have not been posting on the blog as much is because my nephew got me going on instagram ... sorry about that. But it's pretty fun, you may want to check out the BlueIceAviation account if you like Alaska pics. It's easier for me to share the day to day stuff there and save the blog for the big trips around Alaska. I may even link my Instagram account to the blog so the photos get shared here too. But for now here are the photos from early June when I was down in Cold Bay.
Refueling in Port Heiden.
Unimak Island with 55 mph winds. That's water being torn off the top of the lake and lifted hundreds of feet into the air. Pretty scary actually.
Trying to cross over to Unimak Island from the main land but not loving the cloud cover.
The standard view.
The Crew in the Cold Bay bunkhouse
Back on da' beach.
This photo is out of order, it's returning to Wasilla with a red sun from the Sockeye fire.
Crossing back to Port Heiden as the temperature dew point meet.
This is my desk when I am at work.
Flying by Shishaldin Volcano at 9600'
The Caldera on Unimak Island.
Ernie cruising along in the cub with Shishaldin in the back ground.
Refueling on the beach.
Huge waves on the Pacific side of Unimak on a not very nice weather day. That was the first blue patch I had seen in days!
Where the ocean meets the sky.
This poor whale got to close to the shore I guess. He was huge!
Oil change on the ramp.
Little foxy checking us out.
Good pic of buddy Nick.
This is that poor whale the day it washed up.
A couple of cubs of the year with momma.
Powow on the beach.
The 185 with the arch in the background.
The brown bear (high center) had no luck with dinner (five caribou). The bou just hung around to torment him. He was old and slow.
High on Unimak.
Picking up bouy balls.
Hmmm where should we go next?
Fueling in Port Moller before crossing the water.
Another bear with a cub on the tundra.
Waiting on weather in King Salmon.