It took me a full day (13 hours) from Vegas to get to Homer, AK which is the first destination on my Alaska eagle trip.
I flew from Vegas to Seattle, Seattle to Anchorage and Anchorage to Homer. It was a very long day. Some of my gear was shipped ahead and thankfully, it arrived safely. I also shipped two bags via Alaska airlines in the cargo hold. Both arrived intact, on-time and undamaged – except – warning mini rant here – someone stole my allen wrench or caused it to get lost. I had my tools in my checked luggage because the TSA, in their infinite wisdom, have decided that one 4-inch long allen wrench could somehow disable an entire Boeing 737 airplane. The TSA went through the checked bags and either they didn’t zip up the tool compartment – and the wrench came out – or someone “liberated it.” Either way – I was smart enough to mail myself one so no harm no foul.
The second challenge came when I got a good look at the turbo-prop that I was flying from Anchorage to Homer. The overheads are very small on such planes so I was faced with checking my carry-on camera bag or….
Yep – I bought a seat for it. Last minute seat for a 40-min flight to Homer on a prop plane – $175. Peace of mind knowing my gear was safe right next to me? Priceless. It’s a great deal of money to be sure, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Better to get here with my gear intact. Below you’ll see my camera bag strapped in per FAA regulations. I didn’t get an extra cookie for the camera bag though!
We’re expecting snow here, which is great for eagle photography. Our first day is mostly a scouting day. But just in case I had the Nikon D3s with 400 R/2.8, the Canon 1DMK IV with 70-200 F/2.8 and the brand new Canon XF100 video camera, along with a couple of tripods and heads. That’s a light load for this trip and it resulted in my first good eagle picture on this trip. It appears below. Enjoy. More from the Kenai Peninsula soon.
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