“When will you be done with those boring boat reviews?” asked my wife over Thanksgiving dinner.
Not yet…is the short answer. But clearly a diversion is in order.
Thus this intermission: a few shots of the trip from Friday Harbor back to Seattle on a De Havilland Otter Seaplane. The passenger windows bubbled out, allowing my iPhone a super view of the float and the water below.
A refreshing change from boat bilges is flying, like jumping from the sauna into the cold pool, a fittingly romantic end to a week dedicated to exploring water transport.
Kenmore Air says if its De Havilland Otter:
Following the success of the de Havilland Beaver, the Turbine Single ten-passenger de Havilland Otter is one of the most versatile and dependable seaplanes operating today. Originally designated the “King Beaver”, this aircraft eventually became known as the DHC-3 Otter as it’s bigger in every dimension than its older sibling. The single engine de Havilland Turbine Otter is the largest, most powerful aircraft in our fleet with a range of 500 miles at a normal cruise speed of 134 mph.
The description fails to capture any of the cool smoothness of going airborne or the effortless descent. I’ll let the images handle that.
Taking off from the Friday Harbor Marina
Landing in Seattle’s Lake Union (Note Space Needle stays in frame–excellent planning on the part of the cinematographer.)
The hero of our adventure…
Back to serious business next post.