14 June 2013

Alaska Update

The pilot of a flightseeing floatplane that crashed in Southeast Alaska this month, killing a passenger, told an accident investigator he flew the plane into a tree-covered mountain.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge Brice Banning examines the wreckage of a Pacific Wings Dehavilland Beaver aircraft as it sits at the 1,000-foot level near Thunder Mountain, approximately 11 miles west of Petersburg, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

Duh. I reckon they already knew that. The question, of course, is why?

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Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2013/06/13/2939007/new-rules-for-mount-marathon-after.html#storylink=cpy

The race trail is nearly vertical in many places, and broken bones or lacerations are common. I think it's a good idea to have some controls in place, so this is a welcome move.

How did this race ever come about, you ask? It began as a bar bet (and didn't you just know booze had something to do with it!) years ago, when one dude bet another that he could get to the top and back down again in under an hour.

He didn't quite make it, but others took up the challenge, and so it goes. 

Ah, Seward, Alaska: a self-described "quaint little drinking town with a fishing problem." Homer describes itself that way, too, just to keep the credit where it's due.

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Amidst all the stories and allegations of sexual assault and/or other misconduct in our military, comes this story from the Anchorage Daily News:

The story can be read in full at the link.

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The weather wonks from various media outlets have backed off slightly in their forecasts of 90 for early next week. Now they say it will only be in the "mid- to upper 80s." That's a relief.



Well Seasoned Fool said...

Perhaps what is needed as a description is Alaska, a small drinking place with a larger land mass.

I'm sure others can write this better.

Rev. Paul said...

WSF, that's not helping. :)

Murphy's Law said...

Spent a couple of days in Seward.

Interesting place.

Oh--and if you go there or to Homer...Don't feed the Eagles. Trust me on this. Feed one and a hundred show up, and they don't believe you when you run out of food.