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Spectacular McKinley View

On a recent visit to Mary Carey's McKinley View Lodge on a clear sunny, Lois Wise Knapp and I truly got a spectacular view of Mt. McKinley--the best one ...

25 Jan

Spectacular McKinley View


On a recent visit to Mary Carey's McKinley View Lodge on a clear sunny, Lois Wise Knapp and I truly got a spectacular view of Mt. McKinley--the best one can see from the highway. After having lunch at the lodge, we accompanied Mary to Talkeetna to pick up her mail and to deliver one of her homemade apple pies to Don Sheldon.

We found Sheldon loading his plane with birch firewood to fly to his "lodge" on McKinley. But Don stopped to visit and greeted Lois with the statement "here's the woman pilot who needs special rudder extensions to fly."

The both talked about the period that Lois used to ferry planes to Alaska and delivered Sheldon's first tri-pacer in 1944. Lois is a charter member of Ninety-Niners, Inc., the International organization of licensed women pilots who celebrated their 20th birthday on Saturday, Jan 19.

After Lois and Sheldon discussed flying for a time, Sheldon turned to Mary Carey and asked for several copies of photographs she'd taken of Mt. McKinley on various trips she'd made with him. Sheldon added: "Mary Carey has taken the best pictures of Mt. McKinley ever taken."

With added compliments flying thick and fast, Mary promised Don the pictures he wanted. He departed with his "throwing pie" and later reappeared to continue loading the birch firewood. The rest of us went to pay a quick visit on Millie Campbell, retired Talkeetna school teacher who was in the midst of sorting her "spectacular collection of rocks and minerals".