From Alaska to Ohio from john graham on Vimeo.Trip homeThe afternoon before we started for home, Greg, Reint, and I did a little site seeing with Dr. Matt and his family in the C-180, and our friend Don in the PA14. The three of us were headed to Ohio, and Rient was going on to his home in the Netherlands
Ohian Bushpilot Greg Swingle sent me a link to the video he edited of the trip back from Knik-Glacier in Alaska to Ohio- Zanesvilles, of which I was part of. Thank you Greg for these great pictures!
I camped last night at the SuperCub New Holstein Fly In, so I could fly with my friend Randy Corfman today. After a great breakfast, a shower at the Highschool, and a briefing by FdxKLou were ready to go!. 75 Minutes of joyful flying along the shores of Lake Michigan, waving people, a shipwreck, birds, clear water and a nice landing on Washington Island. The local cop was watching us land and almost arrested one of our pilots (only joking). After the lunch we had more fun coasting the shores.
SuperCub.org Fly In 2010 New Holstein WI, the place to be, especially on Wednesdaynight when SuperCubbers and New Holsteiners meet. And I met quite a few of the people who hosted me during this uncredible trip, and t hey could meet each other. My recent hosts Carol Dodge and Rollie Olm, Dean Nordsving, Rick Papp, John Graham and of course Steve Johnson. Grant Wallace arrived later from Oshkosh, so I had a special fotosession with him.
Tuesday I was with Carol and Rollie again at Oshkosh and saw with them an awful show: static but also in the air. To make it more digestible I put Glenn Millers ‘American Patrol’ with it. Enjoy!
Exactly 100 years ago by Valders dealer Christel, tyhe first Ford was sold in Wisconsin. That anniversary was memmorated today by inviting many Ford antique cars to the center in Valders.
07.00 Breakfast with Deb and John with the boys in Frayersburg. Better than any newspaper!
Good morning, yesterday early 1. Greg decided to change his propeller2. John took neighbor Mandy from Germany for a ride
Early in the morning, at 5, of course already light, we woke up, packed things, said goodbye to Paul Pogue (GlacierCub) and we went off in two planes, a as a crewmember of John Grham in his Scout, and Greg in his Ranz LSA plane.So many things happened that I only can be very short as I type this while the pictures are being uploaded in the Terminal Hall of Airport Watson Lake, Yukon.1st to Palmer to fuel up. Wonderful active DV3’s on the platform;
Van 2010-07-08 Last day Alaska1
John picked me up in Wasilla airport and we flew back to Knik and there I met GlacierCub. Together we had a great meal that Paul prepared: salmon! We watched JohnsonCreek pictures lying on the floor of his beautiful house. Greg I only met this morning. Now we will have breakfast and prepare for what’s to come!
Got a message from Paul via Supercub.org : Great Parade in Wasilla at 11.00 am!Just in time I was there. Asked a guy what it was about. Said he: ‘Today we celebrate our independance’. Answered I: ‘Yeah, like we celebrate Queens Birthday in Holland’. His answer silenced me: ‘Except this is not juist for a queen, it’s for all us Americans!’ Then I wished our country would become a republic again … and I made these pictures of the two hour during Parade. Missed one thing: a band! So I got Glenn Millers band to play along! Happy Fourth of July to all of you!
JR made me a breakfast with pancakes, syrup and burgers. So I was prepared for the car trip, when we said goodbye and meet again in Alaska or in New Mexico, or in between. Weather was good the first 150 miles, thereafter a lot of rain.
I left Wisalla and after a one hour drive North I arrived at JR’s. An airfield, a few hangars with houses, a silver car and a friendly man. Must have met him the first year in New Holstein, but then everyone was new to me … JR told me about the terrible loss he had: May 14th his friend Neal B. Burleson had made a deadly crash with his Cub in the woods nearby. The coroner said it was a blood clod in Neals brain that ‘d caused it. In JR’s hangar the remains of Neals Cub were divided in two: good to be sold, and trash. A guy had come in to buy the engine.
It sort of rained all day. My rental reservation had been annulled by holidaycarrentals.com, so had to make another reservation: www.economybookings.com. They got me a car which I can retrieve at the airport in Anchorage with Alamo. Good! And I found out I can get there by commuterbus for $ 10! My hosts are thinking of renting this nice cabin out and had asked me if I had any ideas to put it on the internet. So like a real-estate man I took pictures, made a tiny slide show and created another blog: cabinwasilla.blogspot.com. It’s still in the concept status, but anyhow, there is something.
The day started with Cecilia calling while I was juist waking up. Her good news was that she had done twice a show at a school in Bruinisse. This show she hadn’t played for years but she likes it so much she wanted to take it up again. On Skype she showed me very nice drawings the children had made of her appearance. Fantastic! But me, I just slowly gathered my energy. Had some breakfast and coffee.Watched Elijah do flipovers on the trampoline. Even tried to jump a bit myself …
Steve Eaton sent me some wonderful pictures of me telling my story at Johnson Creek, last Saturday.Thank you so much Steve!