Glaciers and Elders

5 06 2010

Some of things I love about Alaska are the views. Not just of the spectacular scenery and wildlife, of which yesterday’s flight provided quite a few, but of its people as well.

We flew a patient from Anchorage to Haines. Flew over the Chugak Mountains on the way up, saw Mountain goats, the Knik Glacier, the Portage glacier, and all the others which I don’t know their names. Prince William Sound was gorgeous, and I enjoyed having a co-pilot along that flew in that area previously and pointed out a lot of the interesting features to us, as well as their names.

When we arrived in Anchorage and left to go to the hospital, I saw a moose on the airport grounds. I frequently see them around the airport, (and in the streets of the town) and yet I never fail to be thrilled by them.

Our flight back was rather cloudy until we were over Cordova, then things opened up. My camera failed then (of course!), but I was able to get it going again later.

The sights were just great. The huge Glacier fields of Glacier Bay National Park, seeing the aqua blue water streaming off the face of Rainbow Glacier, seeing the peaks of St Elias, Wrangell, Fairweather, etc, just awe inspiring. I love this part of the world, and these flights are just the icing on the cake for living here.

When we arrived at Haines with our patient (she was headed home after a prolonged, severe illness that almost cost her life), there was a huge crowd there, just to welcome this nice Elder. Her smile said it all when I helped her sit up a bit to see her village there to greet her.

That is one of the things that always impresses me of the Alaskan Natives. The love, respect and reverence they have for their elders. These folks traveled 40 miles from their village to be at the airport when she arrived. What a great part of their culture! I pray that they’ll always keep this wonderful part of their being.

Long day. We left Sitka just after 6am and it was nearly 6 pm when we were done.

Davidson Glacier:



7 responses

5 06 2010
Bryan Simpson

Gorgeous! In a way, I’m jealous, but then, I really do like where I’m at. It sounds like you really appreciate where you’ve ended up as well. Congrats!

5 06 2010

We have openings for medics coming up soon, Bryan. Just saying…

5 06 2010

You lucky dog, you!

5 06 2010

Awesome scenery–ethereal!!!

5 06 2010

Thanks Ana, plenty of pics around here, hope you enjoy them.

5 06 2010
Barb T

You sound very happy, Ed. Congrats and keep up the good work.

5 06 2010
Stacey and Tim

Very nice Ed, pictures are Amazing! Hope to see it some day:)

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