Looking over the nose with the Kenai peninsula on the right and the Chugach mountains on the left. The water is the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet. The inlet was first explored by Europeans in 1778 when James Cook sailed into it while searching for the Northwest Passage. It was named after Cook in 1794 by George Vancouver, who had served under Cook in 1778. Turnagain Arm was named by William Bligh of HMS Bounty fame. Bligh served as Cook's Sailing Master on his 3rd and final voyage, with the aim to discover the Northwest Passage.
Upon reaching the head of Cook Inlet, Bligh was of the opinion that both Knik Arm and Turnagain Arm were the mouths of rivers and not the opening to the Northwest Passage. Under Cook's orders Bligh organized a party to travel up Knik Arm, which quickly returned to report Knik Arm indeed lead only to a river.
Afterwards a second party was dispatched up Turnagain Arm and it too returned to report only a river lay ahead. As a result of this frustration the second body of water was given the disingenuous name "Turn Again". Early maps label Turnagain Arm as the "Turnagain River".
I stopped off at a gravel bar around 10pm for some hot noodles, some crackers, and a stretch of the legs. I had flown to Whittier, which was little more than a shipping yard on the other side of Portage Pass as one is heading southeast from Anchorage. There was a moose on a gravel bar nearby, but a couple of approaches to the nearest landing spot proved too tight for me to get in for a landing. Fortunately, this bar did not disappoint as the sunset progressed.
Flying home around 11pm I was mesmerized by the awesome sunset. God has a paintbrush!
Anchorage while on approach to Merrill Field Airport. Until tomorrow--