Monday, August 25, 2008

Head in the Clouds

and the rest of us too. In the clouds I mean. (My husband says I walk around with my head in the clouds, but that is another story) THESE clouds were what we saw from our airplane as we lifted up from our house and headed to Palmer.

Here are the lakes around our home.You can see Cook Inlet and then Mt. Spurr , one of my favorite mountains in the world. I was raised looking out at this mountain every morning when I got up. You can understand why I love it so much!

At first it was clear, but as we headed out towards our destination, we were immediately swallowed up by the enormous fluffy clouds you see here. Although the lakes below us could still be seen, it was getting much thicker.

Now its pretty hard to see! Good thing I am flying with the best small plane pilot in the world!

Isn't it just so pretty though? When I was a little girl, I wanted to have a magic carpet and be high above everyone on the way to a grand adventure. This is the closest to that you can imagine! In every direction we are surrounded by these beautiful billowing white cushions. The world as we know it is still down there, but we cannot see it. Its a peaceful feeling.

In this pic, I captured the airplane prop. You know what? Looking in front of me, sitting there in the co-pilot's seat, I cannot see the prop at all. I can only see it when I take a picture. Isn't that cool? Anyway, here you can see the prop and the nose of the plane a bit. Its a Cessna 180. I nicknamed this plane "Chili Pepper" because its red and HOT. So here you can see Chili's nose a bit.
I cannot truly show you the beauty of this flight with pictures.
So, why don't you climb in with me? Fasten your shoulder goes into you lap belt like this. Good. Now tighten it..I mean really snug it up. You don't want to hit your head on the ceiling if it gets turbulent over the mountains. Now put on your headset, and put your sunglasses on. Turn on your headset, can you read me? Great. Don't cough or sneeze into it, and for Pete's sake, don't get lipstick on your microphone. Michael hates that. See the red ribbon tied to the bar? That means we are on an active flight plan with Flight Service. The ribbon is to remind him to close out the plan, which means we call and say we have arrived safely. If we forget to call, Search and Rescue will come and try to find us. Now,careful not to get your feet or legs in the way of the trim wheel, down there on the floor. He needs that to land..and you want to land safely with us, don't you? All set?


As we almost reached Palmer , the fog cleared and we could see the rivers and lakes below us again. WATCH THIS VIDEO and see the beautiful green of Palmer's farmland, as we prepare to land at the fair.


Hope you enjoyed your flight! We realize you had many options for your traveling plans today, and we thank you for choosing our airline. Please remember to collect your belongings, and for your safety, please be careful when opening overhead bins, as objects may shift during flight. Hee hee.


KraftyKerilou said...

This is one of those times where I wish I didn't live so far out in the boonies and I didn't have access to ONLY dial up! I will have to come back and watch your videos when I am hooked up to wireless somewhere!! The photos are amazing, and that mountain, WOW!!

Brian said...

Hi there, thanks for the great trip. I would love to chat some more. Mt Spurr is named for a member of my family....

The Empty Envelope said...

Wow, that is gorgeous!!!!!! I miss mountains!!!!!

stacy said...

Wow....simply wow.

Brandy said...

Love the photos and videos! VERY cool! My dh is a photographer and just went up to the northern part of Maine (in the mountains and near the ocean) and had some clouds literally hanging right in front of him...made for some really cool pics.

I'd LOVE to visit Alaska sometime. My mom has a cousin that lives in Fairbanks and I always loved looking at their pictures when they came to visit.

muirwoodsue said...

Loved your video. I love to fly with my hubby in our Piper Saratoga 180. It was scary at first, but now I love it. Thanks so much for sharing.

Hooptee said...

Gorgeous photos! My husband and his used to fly small planes, I'm to scared to go up!

Kristin said...

Very cool! Thank you for sharing that. I hope the rain stayed away while you were at the fair!

~~tonya~~ said...

Beautiful pictures and videos. Thanks for the trip.

Cecelia---Sis---Mom said...

What breathtaking photos!!I would love to take a ride in the plane and see these clouds, mountains and well, everything else.


Lori said...

Amazing pictures! I miss Alaska!

Loquacious said...

My dad did a trip like that a couple years ago and had me scrapbook it for him. One of my favorite books ever. Your area is so beautiful- thanks for the video. I can't wait for MY turn.