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Trella Hemmerly – 1989-07-13

Thursday, July 13, 1989
Kathi made duplicate video tape of our Seward trip to take home for David.
Kathi called me at 6:30- had gone to sleep about 4:00 a.m.! Breakfast of rolls, coffee and juice. Called Royce to tell her not to come to clean tomorrow. Dug some of Kathi’s Shasta Daisy plants. Hard to leave her beautiful, comfortable home at 7:30. To airport via Minnesota. Checked in our six bags and a box (Mary had 2!). Looked at bird display. Goodbye to Kathi at gate. She’s done so much for us and her next visitors arrive Wednesday from Reno. Hope she gets some rest. Northwest flight 90 jammed full and our window seat is at the door. On time 8:50 a.m. 5 hours to Minneapolis/St Paul. 757 Boeing full! Cloudy 56° Safety message on the TV- clear and 73° in Minnesota. Take off at 9:04 a.m. Tower, Lake Hood, Lake Spenard, clouds fluffy. Chugach Mountains, Potters Marsh, Turnagain Arm, over Cook Inlet.
9:23 over Wrangell and Saint Elias above clouds. (37,000 over Valdez, north of Juneau. British Columbia south of Fort Nelson. Prince George over Edmonton, Saskatchewan, Minnesota. 2,098 from TD- 4 hours 30 minutes.) Shots to laciers, black between, a black and white landscape. Breakfast unwelcome interruption. 10:08 a.m. Braided river alongside plane’s direction. Mountains gentling and clouds intermittent.
10:12 a.m. Aqua water below large area.
10:16 a.m. Ice field tops of mountains barely show. bumpy. clouds above mountains but can see them.
10:20 a.m. Braided river.
10:22 a.m. Whiteout.
10:36 a.m. Road (Lake Summit)
10:40 a.m. Fort Nelson River.
11:00 a.m. Mountains but only one with glacial ice. Nerve to ask me to pull shade so they can see movie. Green valleys. Many stream margins.
11:10 a.m. Squiggly road up mountain.
11:12 a.m. Broad river valley. Many roads but all end.
11:15 a.m. Fields to left of huge river.
11:20 a.m. Flat fields.
11:33 a.m. Big river through flat fields. chartreuse, pink, green dotted with lakes and hHills intruding into them. 11:37 a.m. Big lake. First town I’ve seen
11:45 a.m. Hills.
11:47 a.m. Network of Roads widely spaced
11:51 a.m. Crooked road.
David met us at Columbus airport 11:15 Ohio time. David and Vivian Bratten had come in at 7:30 from Nebraska visit good to see them and have help with our baggage. Home about 1:15