Northern Saskatchewan, Northern Manitoba

Northern Saskatchewan/Manitoba Wrap-Up

Northern Saskatchewan, Northern Manitoba
Written by Walt Rhodes
Monday, June 13, 2016

Walt RhodesDespite weeks of fits and starts we wrapped up the survey about the same time as usual. The delays combined with the very early ice-out this spring had us humping to stay on schedule biologically, but we managed to finish on 3 June. Further proof about spring timing was once we were in Stratum 24 in northern Manitoba flocks of molt-migrant temperate-breeding Canada geese from points farther south were seen streaming north, which is where and when we usually begin to see them.

Lynn Lake Renewal

Northern Saskatchewan, Northern Manitoba
Written by Walt Rhodes
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Walt RhodesWhen the orange airplanes descend on towns and cities across the Canadian landscape there is a sense of assurance. We are often greeted by townspeople and air traffic controllers with “Welcome back” or “Sure glad to see you guys.”

Fits and Starts

Northern Saskatchewan, Northern Manitoba
Written by Walt Rhodes
Monday, May 23, 2016

Walt Rhodes“I’ll again have the pickerel,” I said to the waitress for the third day in a row. After you are in a particular crew area for a few years that has limited choices you seek out what is good and stick with it. Eating walleye from the same lakes we survey over is a when-in-Rome behavior.

Overflight

Northern Saskatchewan, Northern Manitoba
Written by Walt Rhodes
Friday, June 05, 2015

Walt RhodesCrossing over the peaks of Glacier National Park on my way home, the flight appears to have symbolized the 2015 waterfowl breeding season.

Blocking High

Northern Saskatchewan, Northern Manitoba
Written by Walt Rhodes
Friday, May 22, 2015

Walt RhodesIt would be easy to say that we are on Cloud 9 but there are no clouds in the sky. A deep high pressure has kept our skies clear and winds light.

Eastern Shoremen Finish the North

Northern Saskatchewan, Northern Manitoba
Written by Walt Rhodes
Sunday, June 15, 2014

Walt RhodesWith apologies to Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars, I never know who’s is going to be in the right seat of the airplane. I have not kept a record of everyone over the years, but there have been countless individuals of various backgrounds and personalities. Some leave an impression while others you’d like to forget. And, yes, some get airsick, but most don’t.

And the Wheel on the Plane Goes...

Northern Saskatchewan, Northern Manitoba
Written by Walt Rhodes
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Walt RhodesJumping down from the float, I began the pre-flight inspection of N758 last Sunday. The late spring had delayed our start of the survey, we had completed only one day of surveying, and were anxious to get going on this fine morning. The forecast was for a beautiful day of flying.

Departing

Northern Saskatchewan, Northern Manitoba
Written by Walt Rhodes
Monday, May 19, 2014

Walt RhodesAs I close the pages to Chapter 5 of one of the Magic Tree House books, our 8-year-old daughter is doggedly fighting the Sandman. It is a kid-on-Christmas-Eve-waiting-up-for-Santa effort. She is struggling because she knows once she wakes up for school in the morning her daddy won’t be home. She tugs me closer as her eyelids fall.

Who Moved My Calendar?

Northern Saskatchewan, Northern Manitoba
Written by Walt Rhodes
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Walt RhodesCalendars and clocks are artificial scorecards for humans. For the previous six years my old calendars have indicated that I have been in Canada on this date and yet today I am still at home in central Oregon. Maybe I have programmed the calendar feature in my new iPhone incorrectly.

Digesting Spaghetti

Northern Saskatchewan, Northern Manitoba
Written by Walt Rhodes
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Walt RhodesStaring at the tangle of wires and connections reminded me of a plateful of spaghetti and meatballs, but this serving of pasta didn’t look too appetizing. Due to a series of maintenance issues, my plane and I have been separated for nearly eight months. Like a relative who drops in for a few days over the holidays I got to visit it twice for some flight and visibility testing of a different exhaust-stack configuration, but in the end I had to leave the plane behind rather than fly it home. Over this time, N758 has been through myriad mechanical probes, two official inspections, and countless people have climbed in, over, and through her. It would be an understatement to say a few things got rearranged.

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