It’s not all mountains in Colorado

by Anna Blanch on July 17, 2012

This is the fourth post in a series about flying from California to Michigan in a Piper Commanche over 4th of July, 2012


“The only way to cope with something deadly serious is to try to treat it a little lightly.”- Madeline L’Engle, “A Wrinkle In Time”

I think one of the most ill-founded assumptions I had held about the state of Colorado was that it was primarily mountainous.

This part of the flight, beyond the Rocky Mountains showed me just how wrong I was.

It’s a very good thing I don’t get queesy!

As we flew over Colorado I realised just how wrong I was to have assumed that Colorado was mainly mountainous…these crop circles were huge! Though it is a little difficult to tell from 11500 feet!

There were quite a few clouds and quite a bit of turbulence!

Because we had access to XM weather we were able to wind our way through some clouds and stay away from the lightning and storms that were near by. Strangely, despite the large forest fires burning we saw no trace of them, as we finished up the first 5 hour leg and landed in Pueblo, Colorado.

It was hot, extremely hot when we landed. It’s a weird feeling to experience convection currents (pockets of hot air) throwing the plane around a bit and the way that turbulence can drop one wing or the other.

You forget flying at upwards of 11000 feet that it is still over 100 degrees on the ground. Needless to say we popped the door as soon as we could following the landing!


After checking the weather and calling the briefer and filing the flight plan for the next leg we set off into the great north – and the flyover states!


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Traveller. Scholar. Photographer. Writer. Dreamer. Teacher. Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland. The summer of 2012 is a nomadic summer for Anna as she edits her Phd and chases the sun after three cold years in Scotland!

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