|Date||Aircraft||Route of Flight||Time (hrs)||Total (hrs)|
|02 Jan 2017||N21481||SDC (Sodus, NY) - Thousand islands - SDC||2.0||1613.7|
My flying mostly falls into three categories:
1. Going someplace
2. Practicing airwork or instrument procedures (to safely enable #1)
3. Cruising for the sake of cruising (sort of like #1, but more about the flight than the destination)
Today's flight fell into the latter category.
Since moving to New York, I have been amazed by the natural wonders that this state offers: magnificent waterfalls (more than just Niagara), the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario (even if it's still not as cool as Lake Michigan), and -- my destination for the day -- the Thousand Islands of the Saint Lawrence River.
It was a perfect day for winter sightseeing. The sun was shining over a landscape lightly dusted in snow, the air was clear, and the wind was calm. I love the crisp contrast of deep blue water against a snowy landscape. Though the surface wind was calm, I obviously flew through three different air masses along the way. The boundary of each was announced by a temporary bout of light turbulence followed by a significantly different velocity over the ground.
Beyond that, I'll let the photographs speak for themselves.
|The east end of Lake Ontario, looking north|
|North Sandy Pond|
|Lakeview Wildlife Management Area|
|Entrance to Black River Bay|
|Interchange of I-81 and NY-12 near Alexandria Bay|
|The St Lawrence River and some of the Thousand Islands|
|Boldt Castle on Heart Island, Alexandria Bay, NY|
|Salmon Run Mall, Watertown, NY|
|Nine Mile Point Nuclear Plant, the eastern boundary of my "home territory"|