Renae came down and met me in Georgia to fly back with together. It was another amazing adventure. We saw some old friends and met many great people along the way. We stayed a couple nights in Lewistown, Montana waiting for some strong mountain winds to lay down. They had a huge hanger that was all wooden rafter construction where we could hide from the thunderstorms. The building was an incredible feat of engineering. From there we flew to Lynden, Washington to stage for our nonstop flight over Canada the next morning. The town was very friendly. One of the local pilots gave us some useful tips for easily navigating the Vancouver airspace, which was much appreciated. The next day we had the perfect weather for our 5.3 hour leg to Ketchikan, Ak. We had been watching the weather up the coast over the prior two weeks and this was the first good weather window on the day we were flying that coastal route. We saw it as clear a gift of our Heavenly Father.
The mountains and glaciers were spectacular! We made it from Washington to Willow, Ak all in the same day. It was an epic flight.
Isaac and his dad had the privilege of going down to the Maule factory and assisting in the final assymbly of the Alaska 2.0 Maule. They had a great time working together as father and son. The Maule family still makes the best family bush plane in the world! The new M7-235 weighed in at 1574 on 35 Alaskan Bushwheels which is fantastic for a 5 place bush ready plane. It is the only model that is approved to have a rudder gap seal and no interconnect tab on the rudder. This makes gives the plane more control in cross winds. The new Maule is about 8MPH faster in cruise than the last one but sill lands at the same speeds as before. We are very happy with the new plane!