…we had completed our flight to Coldfoot (Alaska)…
…visited Wiseman, inside the Arctic Circle…
…and were preparing for our journey home to Australia.
After all the preparation and organising,
our vacation was over.
For last year’s visit to Canada and Alaska we
flew with Air Canada on a 2 for 1 deal.
Because we only stepped onto
an Air Canada flight in Brisbane
I initially thought the 2 for 1 deal
referred to the Brisbane – Vancouver leg.
While speaking to the travel company
I learned that the 2 for 1 deal applied to all flight sectors.
So we flew from Melbourne to Brisbane,
Brisbane to Vancouver,
Vancouver to Victoria and
from Fairbanks to Vancouver
then all the way home to Melbourne…
for what seemed the bargain price of $2,000.
I was expecting that per person.
Thank you Air Canada.
The only flight we had to pay for was
our Air Arctic flight to Coldfoot.
In early April
Temperatures have not improved
as we head into winter.
This time last year we were preparing
for a Canadian/Alaskan June.
The weather was beautiful.
Even falling snow on the Columbia Icefields
did not dampen our spirits.
…this hyena greeted us as we left our camp for
a long day of travelling in heat forecast
to reach 39 degrees Celsius.
We are nearly ready to begin a twelve month
countdown to our next African Safari.
Considering our destinations range from 25-28 degree south,
I am already dreaming of warmer weather and sunshine.
Geelong’s latitude is 38 degrees south
so we should be quite a bit warmer.
Although no photos we also had
a family brunch on Saturday morning
to celebrate Mother’s Day.
While we cruised Alaska’s…
…Chena River last year…
Some of the local huskies enjoyed a cool down alongside us
a four wheel motor bike.
There seems to be an element of risk
in everyday living these days.
to pat a cheetah…
…although she sowed some sign
of not being happy with one traveller.
Standing under a 6 ton 30-year-old elephant
has some risk involved.
The Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains
Peak2Peak Gondola Ride
has travellers sailing at a minimum
of 1,400 feet above ground
with only a piece of wire holding things together.
Admittedly a rather larger piece of wire.
The riskiest part of any flight
is take off and landing.
And flying over Alaska’s wilds
one always hopes the risk of
engine failure is minimal.