Day 1: Planes Are Not Flying
A white van, filled with our team and several hundreds of pounds of gear just pulled into a weather bound Talkeetna. We were scheduled to board a ski plane at 3:00PM today, but with the current weather conditions it’s not likely well be flying today.
This is known as the “Talkeetna Hang”. I got to know this quaint little climbing town quite well last year while I spent 6 days waiting for the weather to let up. So now we wait. In the meantime, I’m thinking about moonlighting as a Talkeetna tour guide.
On the upside the summit success rate just bumped to 49%.
On the way, we stopped for second breakfast in Wasilla and I saw a beautiful and very well trained Sheltie service dog. I talked with her owner who has a heart condition and learned that the dog carries his medication in a little pack. She knows when he is about to have an attack and brings him his medicine beforehand which I think is pretty amazing. She was sitting 20′ from her master, not moving and watching him closely the entire time.
It it seemed like she took her job very seriously.