The Grand Tour – Chronicles of a Pilot

Segment:   1 2 3 4 5 6 E.Caribbean

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Grand Tour:

  • 93 Days (May 20 – Aug 20)
  • 166 Flight hours
  • 17,869 Miles
  • 70 Airports (CA 7, AK 22)
  • 34 U.S. National Parks
  • 12 Other U.S. Interior Parks
  • 23 States + 2 CA Territories
  • 37 Nights camping (3 in Arctic Circle)
  • 36 Nights in hotels
  • 19 Nights staying w/Family
  • 946 Minutes (15 hrs 46 min) raw video
Eastern Caribbean:

  • 28 Days (Mar 20 – Apr 16)
  • 32 Flight hours
  • 3,725 Miles
  • 21 Airports
  • 24 Islands
  • 11 Countries
Total:

  • 121 Days
  • 198 Flight hours
  • 21,594 Miles
  • 90 Airports
  • 34 U.S. National Parks
  • 12 Countries

At St. George,UT airport, a UPS driver was kind enough to pull the truck up for a picture.Moulin Ice Climbing, Root Glacier, AKNevada Falls, Yosemite, CAArctic Circle, AKRoot Glacier, AKSequoia National Park, CASmithers, BC, CanadaKluane Lake, YT, CanadaArctic Ocean ice sheets, Barrow, AKYellowstone, WYSeward, AKCordova, AKLake Powell, AZTotem pole, Sitka, AKYahtse glacier, Icy Bay, AKCathedral Canyon, Lake PowellMendenhall glacier, Juneau, AKMonument Valley, AZBlack Canyon of the Gunnison, COCanyon Lands, UTNorth and South Arches, UTBlackstone Glacier, Prince William sound, AKZion, UTMosquito protectionBryce Canyon, UTVernal Falls, Yosemite, CALassen Volcanic, CAKatmai, AKDenali, AKBarrow, AK30+ bears fishing at McNeil River, AKCrater Lake, Katmai, AKDevil's Thumb, AKTalkeetna, AKErie mine, AKSanta Elena Canyon, Big Bend, TXPatterson glacier near Devil's thumb, AKShip Rock, NMShip Rock, NMDavie St. Vancouver, BC

Grand Tour Blog Index
May 20 : It started as a joke
May 20 : Grand Tour - Day 1!
May 21 : Schlitterbahn and Riverwalk
May 22 : Alpine, TX one of my favorite towns of the trip.
May 23 : Gypsum dunes, Guadalupe Mts. and Carlsbad Caverns
May 24 : Slaughter Canyon
May 25 : Across NM into Double Eagle II(Albuquerque)
May 26 : Segment 2 - Chaco culture park
May 27 : Mountain Flying Training and the Large Array
May 28 : Overgaard, AZ
May 29 : Mogollon Rim with the RZRs
May 30 : Canyon De Chelly, AZ
May 31 : PHX pickups, and friends and family visit
Jun 01 : Day 1 of Segment 3 - Sedona, Antelope Canyon ...
Jun 02 : Lake Powell & Horseshoe Bend
Jun 03 : Glenn Canyon, Monument Valley, Shiprock and Mesa Verde
Jun 04 : Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Jun 05 : Over Canyonlands and into Arches National Park
Jun 06 : Syncline Loop: Island in the Sky
Jun 07 : Chesler park trail: The Needles
Jun 08 : Over Capitol Reef and into Bryce
Jun 09 : Capitol Reef
Jun 10 : Zion
Jun 11 : Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, and Las Vegas
Jun 12 : Day 1 of Segment 4: Death Valley to Visalia
Jun 13 : Sequoia and Kings Canyon Nat'l Park
Jun 14 : Sequoia Nat'l Park
Jun 15 : Merced, CA
Jun 18 : Yosemite: day 1 of 2
Jun 19 : Yosemite: day 2 of 2
Jun 20 : Tahoe, Lassen Volcanic and the West Coast!
Jun 21 : Redwoods Park
Jun 22 : Klamath Falls, OR
Jun 25 : Still in Klamath Falls
Jun 26 : Crater Lake, OR and Bellingham, WA
Jun 27 : The Henderson Tour
Jun 28 : Day 1 of Segment 5: Into Canada
Jun 29 : Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Jun 30 : Alaska!
Jul 02 : Fairbanks, AK
Jul 03 : Bettles, Deadhorse, and Happy Valley Camp
Jul 04 : 4th of July in Barrow and Anaktuvuk Pass
Jul 05 : Gates of the Arctic Nat'l Park
Jul 06 : Arrigetch peaks, Mt. Igikpak and Walker lake
Jul 07 : Smoky Fairbanks, AK
Jul 08 : Mc Kinley National Park airport(PAIN)
Jul 10 : Denali Village - waiting on the weather
Jul 11 : Denali - The most AMAZING day of the trip!
Jul 12 : Lake Clark & Katmai Nat'l parks
Jul 13 : Wood-Tikchik and Lake Clark Pass
Jul 18 : Anchorage, AK : Resting up
Jul 22 : Last day in Anchorage, AK
Jul 23 : Kenai Fjords into Seward, AK
Jul 24 : Prince William Sound into Cordova, AK
Jul 25 : Cordova, AK
Jul 26 : Copper River to McCarthy, AK
Jul 27 : Root Glacier!
Jul 28 : Over Bagley Ice Field and down the coast to Gustavus
Jul 29 : Glacier Bay Nat'l Park to Juneau
Jul 30 : Mendenhall Glacier to Sitka, AK
Jul 31 : Sitka, AK
Aug 01 : Petersburg and Ketchikan, AK
Aug 02 : Ketchikan,AK to Port Hardy,Canada
Aug 03 : Vancouver, British Columbia, CA
Aug 04 : Day 1 of Segment 6: San Juan Islands, WA
Aug 05 : Boeing tour and Olympic Nat'l park
Aug 06 : North Cascades to Glacier Nat'l Park
Aug 07 : Glacier Nat'l Park, MT
Aug 08 : Red Lodge, MT
Aug 09 : Yellowstone Nat'l Park
Aug 11 : Buffalo Bill Center and a little work in Jackson, WY
Aug 14 : Roscoe, MT
Aug 15 : Absaroka Beartooth wilderness area
Aug 16 : Tetons Nat'l park, Mt. Rushmore and Bad Lands Nat'l park
Aug 17 : Hot Springs, AR
Aug 19 : Lake Ouachita, AR
Aug 20 : Home SWEET home!!!
Aug 21 : Grand Tour - Special Thanks!

3 thoughts on “Grand Tour – Special Thanks!

  1. Hi Troy, This is the guy you spoke with at the airport Sunday while you where waxing your plane. The pictures of your trip over the summer were awesome! I really liked the comments too. Thanks for sharing them. It was nice talking to you. Let me know if you would like to go flying sometime.

  2. Oh yeah…and you are so right Troy. Thank you so much for recommending the Bryce 3 mile hike. It was definitely the highlight of our trip out west.

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