Saturday June 9th, a visitor stopped by the Kenai Airport (PAEN). Most of you will know who it is by checking out this photo of his RV-9A and my RV-6 parked at the Transient Parking Apron here in Kenai.
Yep, Vlad stopped in to say hello!
What a character! Within seconds he seemed like an old best friend. Mentioned he was hungry so we drove to a local favorite eating spot. Louie's has fine dining and lots of Alaska stuff to look at while waiting to eat.
As we waited for our meal to arrive we talked about lots of things. After grubbing down, we headed North to my home. On the way we stopped for some brew, from a local brewery, picked up some King Crab I had stashed over at my daughter's freezer and headed home.
Well by evenings end we were laughing, having a blast telling stories and I soon realized that a new friend worth knowing had been met!
We planned for short trip to Seward, Alaska the next day. Thinking it best to fly our RV's as a flight and take photos along the way.
This update is about that trip, it also might be described as a way to scam a free car ride from the airport to the city docks....One thing of note: When Vlad says it is a small world, best to believe him! Within hours he will prove it!
When Vlad arrived on Saturday the Kenai Airfair was just closing up. My Poker was just about over, calling the tower for landing instructions another RV called first and was to land before I got there.
The Airfair is put on every year during the first two weeks of June. Interesting airplanes show up, food and a live band play. One of the things they do is have a Kenai Peninsula Poker Run.
I signed up for the run, when Vlad contacted me about the time he would be showing up, I explained my Poker Run attempt would end at 12 noon. However due to Fog, I wasn't able to leave on my run until 12:15pm, having to be back at 2pm to get my cards.
Arriving back to Kenai at 2:30pm + a few, I heard Vlad call for landing instructions. He soon found out about Kenai weather!
Betcha' can't guess one of the reasons why we have a 7800' long runway?
Ok, the whole South end of 20R was fogged in still. As in right down to the ground....It was one of those days when the Tower says something like, " Ok to start your departure turn whenever you want to avoid the clouds".
Add a little wind and Kenai on Saturday was a fun place to land and take-off from.
I stopped in and visited the Poker Game just in time to be late, awards and prizes were already on their way to home.
Jumped back in my RV and taxied to the Transient Ramp to meet Vlad.
Then on Sunday the 10th, drove Vlad around for some photos of Kenai and surrounding landscapes/ocean views.
Finally we took off kind of late in the day for Seward by going straight over the top of the Harding Icefield. We asked to leave as a flight of two, the tower ok'd and we taxied out.
Here is a photo holding short of Runway 20R after doing a runup:
A photo over the Kenai River/Kenai on our climb-out:
Nearing the Harding Icefield approx. 9000' ASL over Skilak Lake:
At 9500' ASL and entering Harding Icefield from the West:
Clearing the cloud to the North, finally getting to a better viewing area-towards the South was clear and beautiful:
N666BK down low heading East towards Resurrection Bay and Seward:
I'll add more photos in the next post.