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The last day the weather hadnt been that nice and the forecast for the next day was bad as well. So some piloting friends and I decided to take a holiday the next day and to meet at a nice local pub here in Ketchikan this eveneing.

Well, it was such a great evening with lots of great chats, jokes i laughed my head off but cant remember a single joke and lots of delicious beer and schnaps. Then the next morning (well, better afternoon) I awaked with a tremendous hangover. I had a look at my fridge and found nothing but lots of emptiness. Another glimpse into my purse revealed the same. But my stomachs growning drowned out even the sound of a starting 737.

So I decided to have a look at the airport. I maybe I would find one of my fellows to bum a breakfast. But of course there were noone. meanwhile my stomachs growning reached a level that a starting Space Shutlte would get green with envy. So I decided to work today. I went to my beloved Duke, readied it and taxied to the gates. The weather was really not that nice :(

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I took a look at the Airport if there would be any customers and I was lucky. I found to guys, one from the States and a Canadian guy. Both were here for holidays and wanted to see more of this region. The problem was that both wanted to see a foreign country. So the Canadian guy wanted a flight over Alaska and the US chap wanted to sightsee Canada. Well, I was barely in the condition to do one flight let alone two. But then again my stomach bellowed. So I told both of them independantly that I would fly them.

At the aircraft I assigned the Canadian guy to the left and the US guy to the right seat in my Dukes cabin. Afterwards I took off southwards. Beside the weather and my hangover It was a nice take off.

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After a few miles I turned left into the Fjords region. All I had to do now was to follow the white line on my GPS.

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But what is this white line? Well, thats the border between Canada and Alaska. I turned into the cabin and told the US chap on the right seat that he now flies over Canadian territory.

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I also told the Canadian guy that he still is in American territory.

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Well, assuming that I flew exactely over the border that was true. Luckily both were so fascinated from the great view that noone heard what I told the other. So my little trickery stood hidden.

We were really lucky because the weather got better.

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There were no clouds at all and the sun came out so I even forgot about my hangover for a while. A few minutes later some clouds appeared close to the ground.

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I thought that this was again luck because that made the view even more interessting to my passengers. Well, what I havent thougt off...

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Basically the situation now was that I flew with a huge hangover, two passengers between two rock walls with zero visibility. So I pushed the power levers and started a steep climb.

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Okay, this again gave a good view, this time on a cotton wool ground. That got boring after while so my passengers started to talk to each other noticing that they are sitting in the same aircraft but both had booked different flights. So the mood cooled down. Luckily I could start the descent and approach shortly after.

I again broke through the cloud layer and had Stewart in sight after a few minutes.

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I came in quite good and did a good landing even in my condition.

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After they got out they started to argue about my trickery.

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Luckily my two passengers booked the flight back to Ketchikan with me the next day of course with a huge discount. But back home I had a few bucks to fill my fridge and even got wiser.

I now take a close look at my fridge before meeting someone at the pub :D

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