Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Flower City

Date Aircraft Route of Flight Time (hrs) Total  (hrs)
10 Apr 2016  N21481 SDC (Sodus, NY) - GVQ (Batavia, NY) - 5G0 (Le Roy, NY) - SDC 1.6 1529.6

I was out and about today, exercising a ship that has not been airborne since our return from Knoxville, TN two weeks ago. I had occasion to fly directly over Rochester, the "Flower City", and this is what I saw.

Departing Sodus, the Warrior was showing some wing over the "North Coast".

Landmarks in this photo include Village Gate, the industrial complex at the bottom of frame that has been transformed into restaurant and retail space, and the Memorial Art Gallery.

Downtown is encircled by the Inner Loop. Or, it was until they started filling it in (see the portion in the lower left corner of frame).

If you squint just right, you might  make out the renowned Eastman School of Music toward the lower left of frame.

Several downtown landmarks have undergone recent name changes. The three tallest towers from left to right are the Xerox Tower, Legacy Tower (formerly the world headquarters of Bausch & Lomb), and The Metropolitan (formerly the Chase Tower).

High Falls, where the muddy Genesee River tumbles over a cliff on the north side of the Inner Loop on its way to Lake Ontario. The best view is from that bridge opposite.

From left to right are Downtown United Presbyterian Church, also known as DUPC (pronounced "doop-see") where Kristy rehearses her chorus each week; Frontier Field, home of the Red Wings (the ones that carry bats instead of hockey sticks, which is still very confusing to me); and the headquarters of Kodak.

Frontier Field is not a massive stadium, but it's a nice place to while away an afternoon, depending on one's tolerance for baseball.

The flight over the city lasted for only a few minutes, but served up a host of fond memories of my time in Rochester.

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