Here are a few more photos of N666BK on the way to Seward. We are just past the half way point across the Harding going East. Vlad asked if it was possible to land, well without skis that would be a problem, soft snow and crevasses might even stop the skis. Gulf of Alaska in background for these two photos:
N666BK with the Kenai Peninsula Mountains (looking North at Vlad) as a backdrop:
Shortly after this I lost view of Vlad, so we talked it over and headed towards Seward separately. Somehow I got ahead of him and landed first. Now about the free ride into Seward from the airport:
Instead of parking at the Transient Ramp, we parked on the North ramp closer to the road into Seward. No tie-downs available so we just parked them and headed into town.
On our walk a silver car stopped on the other side of highway and the driver rolled down his window and all I caught was did we want a ride into town. Well, the highway was pretty busy and we decided instead of crossing it we would walk, so we waved the ride off.
We started walking and now the silver car took the highway center turn lane, and the driver again asked Vlad if he wanted a ride. Notice I said Vlad? Yep, you guessed it, N666BK was spotted in the traffic pattern...The driver introduced his-self as, "I'm that guy, you know, that guy who, we've already met". We jumped in the car, and soon Vlad realized who it was.
Tobin (edit to get name right) is his name. Any way he and his wife Jayne (edit for proper spelling) were visiting Alaska by cruise ship.
After a brief history of tracking Vlad through Colorado and just missing at Loveland, CO, he finally caught up to Vlad by using a cruise ship, rental car and then flaggin' us down! Talk about extreme "stalking"!
We were soon near the docks, so we parked had a short conversation, finding out that two of us were helicopter pilots. I was truly enjoying how this day was turning out! Big smiles all around and then Jayne took a photo of the three of us, Yes, the Stalker is on the right, Vlad in the middle and my bald head on the left is causing issues with the camera light meter....
Now for the rest of the story:
Soon we were on our way to the dock to check out the boats in the harbor, afterwards Vlad and I grabbed a bite to eat before heading back to the airport. On the way back (walking) we saw an ambulance at the Safeway grocery store. Just as we were getting close to the airport a Medevac King Air was in the pattern for Seward.
Our first view of the North ramp was the Medevac parked where our RV's were. Immediately I began to think we might be in trouble for blocking access to the road.
We crossed the railroad tracks and headed to our RV's. Sure enough the pilot of the Medevac headed my way (mine was the closest RV to the King Air). Geez, this ain't going to be nice.....
Then John stuck his hand out and said, "Mike, it looks like you don't remember me."
Well, I didn't but should have. He was the CFI that I hired to get my Tail Wheel endorsement so I could fly my RV-6! He had been looking for me, to give a book back and also borrow one to me, he had mentioned during my training.
Vlad was able to get some phone numbers and great advice about where he planned to fly to next. John fly's regularly to all points in Alaska as a Medevac pilot.
Talk about luck-hopefully it will help Vlad make his next destination!
Yes, we made it back to Kenai without running into any more stalkers....The return trip did find us dodging a couple of rain showers, a bumpy ride through some mountain passes and finally 18-24 kt winds to deal with at Kenai.
Already miss talking with Vlad, he is an awesome person, looking forward to his next visit on his way back to his home!