We are leaving Alaska. There, I said it. Collin's Pilatus gig with AeroFlite is taking us to Spokane, and I am packing up and reversing course almost exactly 2 years to the day after Luna and I arrived.
We reluctantly put the house on the market, half-hoping it wouldn't sell. It went under contract in two days. We sorta hoped it wouldn't appraise. It did. I hoped the buyers wouldn't get their financing. They did. We sorta hoped the engineer's report or the well inspection would reveal something catastrophic that would have blown the deal. Didn't happen.
Sad to leave Fairbanks and sadder to have to do all THIS again so soon. Below is a shot of Parkwest headquarters this morning. We hope to be packed up and heading down the Al-Can two days from now.
Hard to believe it, but there ARE a few things left on Mike and Ginny's bucket list. One fewer after this week's flight in Fredericksburg on MetLife's Snoopy 1! A giddy Mike sent me the photos below.
Crater Lake National Park has proven itself to be a Parkwest favorite over the years. You might even call it a hot spot, which today would take on both a literal and figurative meaning, as the Bybee Creek fire inches closer. The Park remains officially open but NPS has visitors alerted for a potential evacuation should one become necessary. Collin is doing his part by flying parts and crew to Medford where the tankers and scoopers are based for this effort. He's been bouncing between Spokane, Reno/Tahoe, Medford, Cody, and various California locales these past few days. Getting lots of Pilatus time under his belt!
You can read yesterday's official update here.
Cat Herder (aka Marisa) has been guiding pilot tours in the American West for over twenty years. Keep tabs on your Parkwest pilot friends, National Park news and other tidbits here!