Thanks to Fred Schumacher!
These are shots from a flight in the vicinity of Bryce Canyon. The flying down here has been near perfect. I have joined up with a group of about thirty Flight Design CT’s for an annual fly-in. We are based at the Page Arizona airport (KPGA), and we are doing day-flights out of Page.
My CT has performed beautifully at high altitudes. After breakfast, we departed from the Bryce Canyon Airport – density altitude: 9,000′. No problem. Landing “hot & high” is noticeably different. The aircraft’s speed over the ground at touchdown is much faster than what I am used to as a sea-level pilot.
Southern Utah Landscape
Bryce Canyon Hoodoos
I am settled for a week in Page Arizona. The town of Page was created out of nowhere about fifty years ago as a base camp for the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. It now has a population of 7,000. The weather’s been sunny and warm. Today we flew a two and a half hour loop around Navajo Mountain — first we followed the San Juan River, then went to Combs Ridge near Bluff Utah, over to Monument Valley, then down to Kayenta Arizona, and finally landing back home at Page (KPGA).
Arizona / Utah Border.
Arizona / Utah Border
Near Kayenta Arizona
San Juan River
Near Bluff Utah
Near Bluff Utah
This is a video of my flight over stark landscapes. I departed Wendover Utah (KENV) and headed southeast. I hopped over a 10,000′ mountain range and headed south in the vicinity of Capital Reef National Park and Grand Staircase / Escalante. I flew over Lake Powell, fed by the Colorado River, before my landing at Page Arizona (KPGA).
After breaking out of Western Washington’s fog and overcast, I am now in Wendover Utah and headed south. These are shots from my first two days of my flight. Next stop: Page Arizona (KPGA) where I will be based for a week. Page is just south of the Utah border.
Eastern Washington at Sunset. Just south of Yakima.
Flying through the Columbia River Gorge.
Exiting The Gorge and hoping to land at Pendleton, this cloud greeted me. I called ATIS – wind 35 knots gusting to 45. Dust. I diverted.
Nevada desert fall colors.
My route so far as shown on my SPOT Satellite Locator.
Take 2, WordPress and YouTube had a little disagreement.
Thanks to Fred Schumacher!
Join us this Friday Sep 26th at 11:30 AM for our regular End Of The Month Lunch at the Cask and Schooner Restaurant in Friday Harbor.
This month’s program will be a presentation by SJPA board member, Darryl Swenson, on his recent flights across Canada. Come and enjoy a coast to coast view of Canada through photos taken from 1,000’ AGL. You will see the crossing of the Canadian Cascades, The Canadian Rockies, the Saskatchewan plains, The Manitoban lowlands, The Canadian Shield through Ontario and Quebec, and ending at Price Edward Island / The Martine Provinces.
Photographer Chuck Simonds has some great Fly-In photos:
It is with a heavy heart that I’m notifying you that my Mother, June Stewart, passed away peacefully with no pain yesterday at Tampa General Hospital from complications of a brain injury she sustained when she fell two weeks ago. Mother had a full and extraordinary life and will be missed. She loved receiving your emails full of gossip, stories, jokes and information and it was the highlight of her day. She enthusiastically checked her emails daily looking to hear from you all and you never disappointed. There was always a message there from someone. She would want me to tell each of you that she loved you and was blessed to have you in her life.
We are planning a memorial of celebration here were she lived, Freedom Plaza Sun City Center Florida, towards the end of July. Martin, Denny, Mitch and myself will be taking her back to her beloved home, Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands Washington, later in the year to place her in her final resting place next to Dad, Marty Stewart.
Please no flowers or cards. I am setting up a virtual memorial for Mother on her funeral home website which will take me another day to complete:
I wish you all love and light and I hope you find as much contentment as I do with the thought that she is safe, protected and so much happier now beyond the veil than she ever was here, in this mortal plane.
Love, Cindy Graham; June’s Daughter