but just look at the view of Denali or Mt McKinley
We spent the day going to see John's 3rd floor front office. Not your typical office. Kubo san, the station manager for NCA Anchorage met us at the North terminal and signed us up with DHS (Department of Homeland Security) to be able to go out and go on one of the NCA 747-400 cargo planes.
Kubo san drove us out in a van onto the ramp to see what other planes were around while waiting for the NCA plane to arrive. The Dream Lifter was there, a modified 747 used to transport 787 components.
Weird looking plane. When John saw his plane coming in he was disappointed to see it was the one with green on the nose. It was painted with some kind of eco friendly paint so they added green to signify that. Each of the planes are names also, this one is Pegasus.
We watched it land, and the guys direct it into park.
Then we had to wait for the crew to come off and go to the security office, they don't allow you to interact with the crew until after they go through security. We watched them off load cargo and saw some ready to load.
Then up we went.
We got the full tour. From the bunks in back, to the seats (first class) where deadheading crews ride, to the joke about NCA standing for No Cabin Attendants, to the galley and the most important the "front office"!
The kids liked sitting in the left seat and trying some of the knobs and levers, with John explaining along the way.
I just liked being able to see where he spends his time away from home.
It was another side to him I haven't gotten to see before. On the way out I noticed the cargo bay, this is a huge amount of cargo, and you can see why when people ask him what he transports on his plane he just says, "I don't know!"
On the way home, we took a detour to drive out onto the lake.
Yes I said DRIVE on the lake. Creepy. Well it was to me at least, John and the boys didn't think so. Ryan got his chance to do doughnuts on the ice.
Back at the house Kamryn plays with the sled she found, notice the moon above her.