Winds were still predicted to be high the third day in Grand Junction but we didn't have far to go this day so we decided to launch, get a feel for the air, and either return and land or carry on to Salida. Well, it was very windy, 40kts+ at 16,000' but the air was no worse than what we encountered from AZ to CO a few days before so we kept going.
A bunch of glider pilots were having a fly-in at Salida, but after our reports of the upper level winds they all decided to take a day off. We spent a couple of days with JZ and Amy. Our plan had been to fly south to Taos next to visit friends but we had had enough of the winds and turbulence. Amy loaned us her Yukon to drive to Taos instead.
We had a great hike with Tina, Liza, and McKenna in the mountains of Taos.
I got to see a few good friends from the Taos Ski Patrol including Ricus and Eric here.
Back in Salida, the winds had finally dropped off, so JZ and I took the Phoenix to 17,999' over the Collegiate Range. JZ's Phoenix better arrive soon or he is likely to kill me.
JZ has plenty or room for his Cessna 320, RV, and Phoenix in the hangar.
Shortly after departure from Salida, we viewed the Wet Valley looking south with the Sangre de Christo Range off the wingtip.
The Skyview now has the capability to display their "6 Pack" view, so I played around with it.
We had to land in Georgia and wait for the storms along the border to die out. Then it looked better on the iPad, so we launched into Florida. There were isolated storms to fly around, such as this one.
This is how the Skyview depicts the storm in the photo above.
Flight following took us over the top of Orlando, then it was home sweet home.