Tuesday, September 22, 2015

20 years later, Yukla 27 I remember like yesterday

 It's September 22, 1995, 7:47AM. I had just retired 9 months ago from the USAF, the 3rd Wing or specifically the 962 AACS or as we called it AWACS. I was opening an auto parts store that I managed back then, when I got a call from a friend. She asked if I had been listening to the news. I told her I hadn't, that I was getting the store ready for opening. She then told me that AWACS had crashed. I couldn't believe it. I walked out of the store and looked towards base and could see the cloud of bellowing smoke. My heart just sunk and I cried.

It was just a year ago that I was the crew chief on 002 and I had put in my paperwork to retire. It was being replaced by the end of the year by 354 so she could go into depot. Now it's gone, along with 24 brave crew members. I can still see that cloud of smoke like it was yesterday.

Yes Yukla 27, I remember.

Here's a nice memorial video from You Tube https://youtu.be/dxTRYTXAwPs

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Angel Rocks along Chena River

It was Labor Day weekend and I must say, a lot of Alaskans were getting out to enjoy the beautiful weather. Rebecca, Isaac and I were off to Angel Rocks with the dogs.
It's only about a 3 1/2 mile hike round trip, mostly gradual grade but it had some steep parts. We all enjoyed taking our breaks.
Sometimes Isaac likes going the not so obvious route.
But the views were awesome!
 The fall colors were in full swing.
 Macy was quite the explorer. However, when we got back to the car, she was asleep before we got out of the parking lot.
It was a fun day with Rebecca and Isaac, oh and Chloe. A good way to finish off the summer.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Crazy Dogs and Nice Ladies

Macy and I went to Fairbanks last weekend for the holiday. Our first full day there, Rebecca and Chloe invited us along on a dog walk with a few of her church lady friends at Ballaine Lake. The weather was perfect if not a little hot.
Most of the time it was a nice walk / hike / casual stroll. But Chloe found a good spot for her to spaz out.
 She also had the chance to do some scouting from the high spots.
 This is what happens when you go hiking with the locals.
 We made it back to the lake. Good place for the dogs to cool down. Macy was wonder who the other beagle was in the lake.
 But the best way to cool down is to go in the lake, sit down and have a drink.
 It was a good day. Thanks ladies and doggies!