Dutch to Umnak by Plane

 

From my trip to Unalaska February 2016

The morning of my second glorious day in Dutch began just before dawn at the Grant terminal where I met my friend and pilot Chad who had a scheduled flight to Nikolski on Umnak Island at 10:00 am. We quickly grabbed bags bound for Nikolski and loaded into the King Air. Besides cargo, the flight was empty both directions which allowed for a little scenic flight seeing

Back taxing for departure.

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We departed Dutch Harbor heading south climbing over the rolling hills till we dropped down and found the jagged cliffs of the coast and the sun rise.

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The sunrise reflecting off of rain squalls made for dramatic scenery but hid the massive volcanic crater and two volcanoes on Umnak Island.

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Once we reached Umnak we could see Fort Glen known in the area for its herd of cattle.

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On short final for Nikolski

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How’s this for a welcome to Nikolski?

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Cows in the distance and this old plane met us at the airport.

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One thing that Grant pilots have in common is that wherever they go they are usually greeted with a warm welcome. Landing in Nikolski we were greeted by over half of the towns 18 residents and left with some homemade beef jerky from local cows. Yum!

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Time to head back to Dutch Harbor and enjoy more spectacular scenery along the way.

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We didn’t get to see any volcanoes, but we definitely smelt them. At first I didn’t want to say anything thinking that maybe my pilot had an affinity for bad smells like my husband. Fortunately chad pointed out the the sulfurous smell and our proximity to a volcano even though we couldn’t see it.

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The grand finale view.

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My amazing pilot who gave me a first class tour of the Aleutian Islands.

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Back to Dutch and its only 1130! Check out the rest of my day in Dutch Harbor in my blog post Sun & Fun in Dutch Harbor!