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My “I’m Alive” Flying to Alaska Adventure

September, 2016
Ney Brooks (Large)

Brooks Range

There is nothing like a serious health scare to make you think about the things you’ve done in your life and what you would still like to do.  It did remind me that I had, so far in my life, not flown my plane up to Alaska.  Heck, I have flown all around the west coast and even wrote a book about it, but not to Alaska.  If the diagnosis was bad I wouldn’t have all that much time and I’d take off and fly immediately north.

It turns out the health scare was just a scare but my wife Bets said, “you have a window of opportunity this summer – just go do it and get it off your list”.  So I ordered a satellite phone, expedited delivery.  I also scoured eBay and Craigs list for a used folding kayak and found one in Washington. I told the surprised sellers to keep it for me and I’d fly in and pick it up shortly.

I wanted to fly the coastal route up and within a few days a weather window was set to open on the coast of Canada and Alaska.  So in flurry of activity of packing and buying freeze-dried food, I flew away.  North.

Over the next month I’ll post my trip as it unfolded.  First a kayaking trip in Prince William Sound then a flight north to backpack in the Brooks Range above the Arctic Circle.

Next: Flying to Alaska, Day One

 

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Maurice Gunderson permalink
    July, 2016 5:22 pm

    Ney, I’m very happy that you’re OK, and also that you’re flying North. If you get to Kodiak, where I was born, please send pics! Maurice.

  2. July, 2016 5:58 pm

    Looking forward to read your posts for this adventure. Flying up North is in my list too. Enjoy your trip and stay safe.

  3. July, 2016 11:03 am

    Live in Northern Alaska 20 years and made the trip over the Brooks range every year. You won’t be disappointed… have a safe trip!

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