Saturday, September 11, 2010
Travel Day and More on Mystery Bird
My exit from Alaska was put on hold when the plane from Kotzebue had mechanical problems that required a substitute plane be flown in from Anchorage. The new departure time at 1:30am required that I rebook all my connections today at additional cost. Those flights took me through Anchorage, Seattle, Salt Lake City, to San Francisco where I arrived around 4pm but without my bag. I picked up my rental car, drove to my nearby motel, and waited until about 10pm when my bag finally caught up with me. Although my clothes and toiletries were important, the bag's arrival was even more of a help because I had packed my electronic cables including the one to recharge my cellphone in my checked luggage - not a good idea. My cellphone was dead, but it came back to life with a bit of a charge. An interesting side note: my flight from Salt Lake City to San Francisco flew over the Ruby Mountains in Nevada where John and I saw the Himalayan Snowcocks last month. Lamoille Canyon and Island Lake had gotten a dusting of snow and reminded me of our first try for those birds in June.