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Journals 2007/2008

Louise McMinn
Scofield Magnet Middle School, Stamford, CT

"St. Elias Erosion/Tectonics Project (STEEP)"
July 10 - July 20, 2007
Journal Index:
July 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17
       18 - 19 - 20

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July 11, 2007
Arrival in Katella

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.

Ready for take-off, bound for Katella

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.