In May 1999, we stepped off the aircraft in Anchorage, a point in time I will always remember. I had completed the CYCLE! All 50 states! I was 52 years old and was glad to be in the last of the 50. After a week on the Kenai Peninsula, taking photos and fishing for monster sized Halibut, we boarded a jet bound for Glacier Bay and a small boat cruise in Glacier Bay National Park. I have to say I have never been on a cruise before and I never intend to go on a cruise ship, ever, but the time we spent in the "Bay" on the small vessel was stupendous! With a maximum passenger capacity of 32, it was just superb. If you, like me, think a Cruise Ship would be a personal disaster, let me tell you that this small boat thing is great! Did the same three years later in the Galapagos Islands aboard a 60 footer that slept 14 passengers. Yes, if I am getting on a cruiser, it had better be small!
Part of any trip to coastal Alaska is a chance to see the glaciers and there are two good ways, from a small boat or from the air. We met Bill de Creeft, a close friend of Boyd Norton's who said he would take us up in his 1929 Travel Air! Wow! Beautifully restored and ready to fly. We could hardly wait. The day we got to Homer and met Bill, he said, "Not today. Not as smooth as I want it to be for you to photograph from. Come back tomorrow." We did. It was one amazing experience! AMAZING! For information about the trips on this absolutely pristine aircraft, contact Alaska Seaplanes! You will not regret the experience.