July 11, 2007
This afternoon I flew from Anchorage to Cordova, Alaska. Cordova is a small town in South Central Alaska. It can only be reached by ferry or plane.
At the airport I met Dr. Ian Shennan, from the University of Durham and Peter Haeussler from the Anchorage branch of USGS. In Cordova we were met by Merlin, our helicopter pilot.
This was my first time in a helicopter! Safety rules were reviewed - always approach the vessel from the front after the pilot's cue, keep your head bent, fasten your seat belt and helmet, and others. Due to weight limitations, and all of our baggage, Peter and I flew out first to the camp in Katella. It was great fun - although I have a slight fear of heights, I never felt afraid. The scenery was beautiful - the ocean was on our far south, mountains to our north and the Copper River delta was just below us.
Luckily, we are staying at a fishing cabin, instead of tenting. We have a part time generator, but have to go down to the spring for water. Accommodations are quite comfortable.