The last Friday I flew the short journey from Klamath Falls to Siskiyou County Airport. It was an ideal day for flying. There was not much traffic in the sky. The air was cool, which improved lift. There was very little vertical movement, so I didn’t bounce around much. Normally, I use VFR-flight-following. Air traffic control provides a transponder code so they can track the aircraft on radar. If another aircraft approaches, they will advise.
On Friday, no one was in the area. I asked Seattle Center if I could go off frequency, do a touch and go at Big Siskiyou and return to the frequency. They said it was OK, so I retained my code and did not have to return to the system . As I was flying, I looked over Hamaker Mountain and saw Chase Mountain and Mount McLoughlin lining up. The visual was impressive because the mountains appeared to be floating among the ground fog, mist, and smoke.
I pulled my camera out and took a shot. After landing and putting the Piper Warrior away, I checked the pictures and thought the shot above was particularly interesting.
Flying is not inexpensive, but pound-for-pound, it provides more exhiliration than other efforts. Normally, when I am driving home, I have a smile on my older face.