To Wasilla via McGrath
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Unfortunately, I only spent one night at the Aniak Air Guides Lodge. Two weeks of its fine accommodations would have made a nice end to the season after the four months of tent-camps up north. But another of our helicopters arrived and mine would return to Wasilla, me with it. Matt remained in Aniak while 'Doc' and I proceeded toward our home base.
Bad weather to the east of Aniak forced us to dog-leg north to McGrath for fuel. We detoured around the heavier rains but passed through lighter showers to clean the splattered bugs off of the windshield. With warmer temperatures in the central part of the state, we were back into insects.
We stopped in McGrath just long enough for fuel then continued southeast.
We landed on a rocky sandbar in a deep gorge to pour in our jugs of precious fuel and a family of four bald eagles watched us for a few moments before they flew away. We found sunny skies south of the range and reached our home base in Wasilla by early evening.