Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cottonwood to Colorado

 After we left Cottonwood heading northeast we crossed the Moenkopi Plateau. View to the right...

 And view to the left.

 Then we crossed Monument Valley, but the winds were to strong to be low. We have flown through Monument Valley on previous trips, treating the free standing rocks like a slalom course, so it was neat to see it from higher up.  Most of the flight to Grand Junction were in winds of 30kts or more with considerable turbulence, so we had to fly slow, below Va of 97kts, and also hand fly the plane rather than fly on autopilot.

 Our friends Terry and Chris picked us up at the airport and then we took a little hike in Colorado National Monument.  It was nice to be on the ground.

 We stayed with our friends 2 nights because of the strong winds aloft complete with wave clouds.

 Terry is a falconer and currently has a gyrfalcon.

Wow, the Colorado mountains and woods sure are beautiful.

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