by Timothy Lutts
Many people like to complain about air travel these days. Me, I embrace every opportunity to see the world, and I make the best of whatever comes. So when I was offered an all-expenses paid trip to Alaska to visit an oil rig, I jumped at the chance, even though it involved eight different flights over a three-day weekend.
The flight up to Anchorage was cool, because it involved flying over the Canadian Rockies, totally snow-covered in August, as well as Mt. St. Elias. Situated on the border of the Yukon and Alaska, Mt. St. Elias is the second-highest mountain in both Canada and the U.S.
But coolest of all was the helicopter flight to the oil rig, for which I had to done an orange flotation suit (just in case) and hard hat.
It was misty but calm. The guys on the rig said, “You should feel it in the winter when you’ve got three-foot thick ice floes banging against the rig!”
Plus there was an unexpected bonus, in the form of a bull moose. As we were driving down the dirt road toward the helicopter platform, a moose appeared in road. There’s nothing unusual about that in Alaska, but this moose wouldn’t just walk away! He gave us room to pass, but as we did, he picked up speed and ran beside us, at a good clip, for nearly a minute!
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