Friday Harbor Fly-In part 2

Thanks to Fred Schumacher!

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Aerials From a Flight Around Lake Powell

We’re still flying around Southern Utah. These are aerial photos of a flight around Lake Powell. Next I am tying down the airplane at the Page Arizona Airport and Carol and I are going to get in our rent-a-car for a one week drive to the areas we have discovered by air.

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Flying Southern Utah in October. Winds Calm. Visibility Unlimited.

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.

UT and AZ2

Southern Utah Landscape

Southern Utah Landscape

Bryce Canyon Hoodoos

Bryce Canyon Hoodoos

Vermillion Cliffs

Vermillion Cliffs

Southern Utah

Southern Utah

Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend

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Aerial Photos from Navajo Country

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).

Monument Valley  Arizona / Utah Border.

Monument Valley
Arizona / Utah Border.

Monument Valley Arizona / Utah Border

Monument Valley
Arizona / Utah Border

Near Kayenta Arizona

Near Kayenta Arizona

San Juan River Near Bluff Utah

San Juan River
Near Bluff Utah

Comb Ridge Near Bluff Utah

Comb Ridge
Near Bluff Utah

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A Contrast to the San Juan Islands – Utah’s High Desert

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).

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Friday Harbor to Southern Utah – Aerial Shots

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.

Eastern Washington at Sunset. Just south of Yakima.

Flying through the Columbia River Gorge.

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.

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.

Nevada desert fall colors.

My route so far as shown on my SPOT Satellite Locator.

My route so far as shown on my SPOT Satellite Locator.

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Friday Harbor Fly-In Part 1

Take 2, WordPress and YouTube had a little disagreement.

Thanks to Fred Schumacher!

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SJPA Friday Lunch – Sep 26 @ 11:30 AM – Photos from 1,000’ AGL Across Canada!

SJPA Announcement

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.

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Pics from the Fly-In

Photographer Chuck Simonds has some great Fly-In photos:

2014Fly-In

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Life Member June Stewart; Gone West

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:

June Stewart

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

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