The sun is setting on this January winter day and we see the glow on the mountains in the far distance. We are not sure exactly which peaks we are seeing but the highest peak in the Cariboo Mountains in that area rises to 2946 m (9665’) and is unofficially called Mount Lyons.
morning flight from Kamloops required some deicing due to a light overnight snowfall
then this deicing was done in Calgary on the larger plane we were on to head
south. The color used here is green and the procedure was quite interesting to watch. There
are different colors used for different circumstances.
followed by this flight was directly south from Calgary, AB. We were above the clouds for a distance but once
we got past the heavy cloud we had so many opportunities to see the mountain
We follow the
Rocky Mountains for many miles and are able to enjoy the many snow covered mountains
from a viewpoint that many people could not.
We travel at 37,000 feet yet these mountain tops do not look too far
away. The distance is deceiving.
Mountains extend from Alberta down into Idaho but looking at a map of that
state we also see the Blue Mountains, Bitterroot Ranges with Salmon River
Mountains as well as the Monitor Range. So not to leave any out, I would expect
we may have seen mountains from each of these locations.
was a two and one half hour flight and we had these mountains to see out the
window for almost two hours. The small
and not-so-clear windows definitely limit the views but still offer plenty to
see and enjoy.
the southern Nevada border to fly into Southern California. The last half hour
we had sightings of the desert with some scattering of clouds. The changes in topography were interesting,
mountain tops with a different look.
|Deicing the airplane|
|Mountains of western states|
|Snow covered ranges|
|Desert of southern California|
|The Coachella Valley|
The snow covered mountains are beautiful to see but this was the sight we were looking forward to. Blue sky with warm days of sunshine and no snow to shovel! The Coachella Valley often has some signs of smog that arrives with the airflow from the big cities in the coastal areas but continues on. Once we get on the ground, it won’t be noticed. All we shall be seeing is the warmer side of winter.
Wherever you may be, enjoy your winter and the wonders of nature that surround us all.