Nomeward bound. Frozen De-icers and flying over the untamed Alaska wilderness

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Bottom of one the security bins. I wanted to change the H to N. :)

It took us three days to get back to Nome. Actually, the travel time was just about as long as the time we were in Minneapolis. There was a man who got sick on the flight from Seattle, which worked out in my favor, because I was sick too, and so we taxied back to the gate.

It’s the first time I puked in an airplane lavatory… twice. Humiliating. Then we got rebooked (barely) onto another flight to Anchorage on to what we later named “the last plane to nowhere.” The Anchorage flight got stuck in Kotzebue, inside the Arctic Circle, because the de-icer froze up. It seems a little crazy when a machine whose one job is to de-ice, gets frozen! You know you’re in the Arctic when… 

Kotzebue, AK

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Flying out of Anchorage

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After finally getting de-iced 3 hours later, they decided that we didn’t have time to go to Nome, because the captain and crew were over their work hours, so they sent us back to Anchorage. That took us a long time to go nowhere.

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But Alaska Airlines put us up in a hotel, with a breakfast voucher. then we were delayed again, this time for a mechanical issue with the plane. I’ve never had so many random delays in one set of flights ever! We finally arrived in Nome at 2pm, about 20 hours after our original ETA.

The flight was beautiful! The Bering Sea–at least the Norton Sound is now pretty much frozen over!!!

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I saw lots of people I know on the plane. It’s weird to be in a place where I know so many people on the flight! It was also weird, because this is the third time I’ve flown to Nome, and it felt so much more like a home-coming. The first was for the interview when I had no idea what to expect. the second was to move here, with a one-way ticket in hand and a lump in my throat. Both times with a sense of unknown. And this time it was a totally new feeling of familiarity.

Amazing Alaska Wilderness [Alaska from the air]:

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Majestic
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Rivers and rivers
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Snaking
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Swishing
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River Shadow:
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Kinking:
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Marrying
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Centipede river
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Trailing off
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Coastal mud flats and ice
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Cutting:
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Spilling
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Glacier river
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Glistening river
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Running off
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Rivers and rivers, too numerous to name.
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The holidays are over! Back to work again. :)

by Shana Rae

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