We drove up to the Anchorage Hilton, where John stays whenever he flies into Anchorage. This was another chance to see John in his work environment. I often talk to him on the phone and he'll tell me he's at the Hilton, or walking here or there in Anchorage. He's talked many times about going into the storage room at the Hilton where the pilots can store jackets or anything else they need to. I imagined a small room like a coat closet with a few coats hanging and a box or two. Well today I got to see the real thing. Nothing like what I imagined.
The room was huge, there are lots of pilots that have stuff in there, and it is messy!
Not John's stuff of course. He had most of his with him already, but he showed us where he keeps his things. I didn't notice until later the case of Bud Light on the shelf, that is for the off hours, I'm sure, and it's not in John's section!
We were able to meet 2 of the other pilots John was going to fly with today. He was deadheading (just riding on the plane, not doing the flying) to Chicago, and then he would have a few hours on the ground, then operate to plane back to Anchorage. He goes through this same scenario many times each time he goes to work, but I rarely get to see it. Meet the other pilots in the lobby, ride in the hotel shuttle to the airport...I only got to see the first part.
Pirates of Dollar Lake take Big Lake"
the first stage was a treasure map that was printed on leather...
...the final was a diaper wipe container wrapped in contact paper and duct tape strips to look like a treasure chest. It was wrapped in a thick plastic bag, but the bag didn't even close. So far all the caches I've found have been dry inside, that is a nice change! Inside the treasure chest there were pirate "accessories" for you to put on and take a photo with. I looked really stupid, I couldn't keep a straight face, but took the photo anyway.
Definitely not our typical Easter, but a good day none the less.
Hope you enjoyed yours as much as we did!