In June 2011, Larry Baum, CEO of The Computing Center, his wife Trudy, and two close friends traveled across North America to Alaska and Canada in Larry's airplane. This Blog of the trip was originally published on the East Hill Flying Club web site. It is divided into separate entries in reverse order.
Kalispel and Glacier Park, Mt: Sun June 12, 2011 @11:30am MT: I didn’t
get a chance to post Saturday’s flights till Sunday. We stayed at the Lake McDonald Lodge on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. There is no Internet or cell service at this area – I needed to use a pay phone for the first time in what seems like forever to call the FBO with our fuel order!! How quaint!!! The trip from Green Bay (KGRB) to Glacier Park International Airport (KGPI) took almost exactly 6 hours with a stop in Bismark, ND (KBIS) for fuel and lunch. It’s a long way with many changes in scenery. We dodged some thunderstorms and heavy rain showers throughout eastern Montana and ended up at Flight Level 220 for the last part of the trip to be able to top some of the lower level rain showers and to see the cells clearly enough to fly around them. The locals call these “popcorn” thunderstorms, single cells with not frontal association. They also didn’t move much. KGPI is in a large valley and the only rain that we actually experienced on the way in was on the ILS into the airport. Kind of a difference experience starting an ILS at 12,000ft, intercepting the localizer about 20 miles from the airport at 9,000ft, and intercepting the glideslope at 7,800ft. Glacier Park and Lake McDonald are nearly indescribable in their beauty. We didn’t have a lot of time there, but we were able to take a short hike Sunday morning. In just three miles we saw a small lake (called a pond in the east) and a creek that’s the size of most rivers in the east. The large snowpack this year has kept the rivers and creeks really high. I’ve uploaded a batch of photos (unedited) at: http://larry72.slickpic.com/a/GlacierPark