Alaska Minute: Day 3

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For the first time this trip, I didn’t use the rental trunk today. That doesn’t mean I didn’t go anywhere — in fact, I flew about 90 miles on a flightseeing tour with Talkeetna Air Taxi around Denali (aka Mt. McKinley), including a landing on the Ruth Glacier. I highly recommend it if you get the chance! I made two attempts at an Alaska Minute from the glacier — the first was cut off because I had taken so much footage that the camera ran out of space. The second is a little longer, but you don’t get to see me fall in the snow (which happened right after the camera stopped recording on the first one!). It’s also quieter because I was trying to sneak it in before we had to get back on the plane.


As an added bonus, here’s one of the handful of videos I took from the air. Because I was a solo traveler and the other passengers came in pairs, I got to sit in the co-pilot seat. This is the advantage of traveling alone!

I’ve spent the rest of the day hanging out in Talkeetna, watching the Twins get swept miserably out of the ALDS in the West Rib Pub with some Twins fans and Yankee haters. It turns out there are enough Minnesota/Dakota ex-pats up here that the Twins are pretty popular — and no one likes the Yankees, mostly on principle. (One of the bartenders, hearing that I lived in Boston, showed me her Hall of Fame postcard signed by Bobby Doerr — not as cool as my Tony Oliva hat, but not bad!)

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