Friday, January 22, 2016
Yes I took this selfie in a plane, but no I am not a pilot. What fun it is to fly in the small planes that are everywhere in Alaska! Small privately owned aircraft are as common in Alaska as cars are in most cities. That's partly because some areas are accessible only by air, and partly because it is the best way to cover vast distances in less time.
Often the planes fly at an altitude of about 1000 feet and you can get great views of the land below and the mountains in the distance. On the flight into the grizzly bear location I like best there are superb views of winding rivers below us and distant glaciers. And at the end of the flight we land on the beach right at the lodge's doorstep. What fun!
When flying to Glacier Bay we fly across these rich waters and sometimes get glimpses of whales cruising along beneath us. Flying in small planes is a great way to travel. The pilots treat their planes like their children and maintain them very carefully.
And why the headset? When in flight, the pilot explains where we are and what areas we are crossing. So we all look a bit like Mickey Mouse, but can easily communicate with the pilot and our fellow passengers.
Not that the excitement of flying in Alaska is the main reason to go there, but it is an added thrill to some Awake The Light photo trips.
There are a few openings left in two Alaska trips this year. The GLACIER BAY trip August 28 - September 2, information here http://awakethelight.com/glacier-bay-national-park/ And the BROWN BEARS BONANZA September 3 - September 9 http://awakethelight.com/brown-bears/
Reserve your spot now, and come fly with me!
Shutter Speed 1/60 sec. Aperture f/2.2. ISO 32. Camera: Apple iPhone 6. Handheld and NO selfie stick!
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Be one with the principle of flight, the magic of being aloft in the wind!" -Richard Bach