Exploring the world in the Beechcraft Bonanza

Leg 240, El Paso, Texas via Arizona to Telluride, Colorado, USA

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Another marathon Sunday leg, pretty much ending back up where I started the weekend. There is so much detail in the US data it will be weird to fly over the more average terrain again. But it will also be nice not to have to look out for all the transitions between PG area and regular data. Color matching remains problematic.

First, a lot to see in this leg featuring Arizona, which always makes me think of Lucky Luke. Beautiful landscapes and a lot of detailed cities to explore.

04-18 El Paso Intl KELP 8:42 AM PG Area
04-18 Dona Ana Co At Santa T KDNA 9:10 AM
04-18 First Aero Squadron Airpark NM09 9:29 AM
04-18 Bisbee Douglas Intl KDUG 10:10 AM
04-18 Sierra Vista Muni Libby Aaf KFHU 10:28 AM
04-18 Tucson Intl KTUS 10:49 AM PG Areas
04-18 Davis Monthan Afb KDMA * 10:54 AM Airplane Boneyard 32°10’19.8"N 110°50’55.5"W
04-18 La Cholla Airpark 57AZ 11:43 AM PG Areas
04-18 El Tiro AZ67 11:54 AM
04-18 Eds Field 20AZ 12:05 PM

04-18 Eds Field 20AZ 2:59 PM
04-18 Coolidge Mun P08 3:06 PM San Tan Valley PG Area
04-18 Williams Gateway KIWA 3:16 PM Mesa PG Area
04-18 Falcon Fld KFFZ 3:26 PM Tempe PG Area Bad Stuttering, long pauses
04-18 Phoenix Sky Hardbor Intl KPHX 3:49 PM PG Area
04-18 Glendale Muni KGEU 4:28 PM Peoria PG Area
04-18 Phoenix Deer Valley KDVT 4:40 PM Carefree PG Area
04-18 Sky Ranch At Carefree 18AZ 4:51 PM Anthem PG Area
04-18 Rio Vista Hills AZ64 5:13 PM
04-18 Wickenburg Mun E25 5:17 PM
04-18 Flying Dare’s Ranch 26AZ 5:25 PM
04-18 Gene Wash Reservoir 5CL7 5:47 PM Lake Hasevu City PG Area
04-18 Lake Havasu City KHII 6:01 PM
04-18 Ford Motor Co Arizona Proving Ground 58AZ 6:12 PM 25 knot headwind
04-18 Bagdad E51 6:42 PM
04-18 Ernest A Love Field KPRC 7:01 PM Prescott PG Area (south)
04-18 Cottonwood P52 7:24 PM
04-18 Sedona KSEZ * 7:36 PM
Bad stuttering, memory increasing, not recovering, end task, restart
04-18 Sedona KSEZ * 7:43 PM
04-18 Flagstaff Pulliam KFLG 7:51 PM PG Area
04-18 Lechee Airport KLEF 8:16 PM Meteor Crater 35°01’37.7"N 111°01’25.4"W
04-18 Winslow-Lindbergh Rgnl KINW 8:22 PM
04-18 Ganado KGAN 8:44 PM
04-18 Sanostee NM27 9:19 PM Unclear runway Shiprock 36°41’16"N, 108°50’11"W
04-18 Shiprock Airstrip 5V5 9:32 PM Cliff Palace - Mesa 37°10’1"N, 108°28’23"W
04-18 Telluride Rgnl KTEX * 10:16 PM

Flight time 10:33 33 stops

Departing from El Paso International Airport early morning

Checking out El Paso, downtown area

Southwest University Park

El Paso Convention and Performing Art Center

Sun Bowl Stadium, home to the El Paso Miners at The University of Texas

El Paso Hills at North Mesa

Flying out over Doña Ana County

Potrillo Volcanic Field

First Aero Squardron Airpark

Sierra Rica, Chihuahua, Mexico just over the border in a corner

Lone Cedar Gap in Hidalgo County. Good movie (Hidalgo) unrelated afaik

Hidalgo county offering some target practive for any aliens out there

Nice day in New Mexico

Bisbee Douglas International Airport

Some kind of mining operation at Paul Spur, next to Forest, Cochise County, Arizona

The Lavender pit aka Sacramento pit behind Warren in Copper King Canyon

Queen mine (copper mine) in Bisbee

Queen mine on the left, ghost town Bisbee and the Lavender Pit on the right

Ocotillo Preserve

Tucson, Pima County, Arizona

Landing at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, not the proper way to do it, runway is plenty long

Behind the air force base is the Airplane Boneyard

Amazing place

Which keeps on going

And works without a hitch, well done Asobo, looks and flies great

On the other side of the airport, Tucson Pima Air & Space Museum

One does not belong in there, hanging out with the big boys

Time to check out downtown Tucson

The colorful wall is from BLX skateboard shop

Tucson is home to the University of Arizona. Arizona Stadium, home to the Arizona Wildcats

On to the next city, flying by San Pedro Vista

La Cholla Airpark

Ed’s Field, time for a break

Continuing in the afternoon, Coolidge Municipal Airport

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Superstition Springs, Mesa, Arizona

Falcon Field Airport, Sim city style square block zoning

Hohokam Stadium, longtime baseball spring training facility for the Oakland A’s

Tempe, just east of Phoenix

Home to Arizona State University and the Sun Devil Football Stadium

Arizona State University Desert Arboretum Park

Papago Amphitheater along E McDowell Rd on the way to Phoenix

Chase Field, home to Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix

Phoenix Suns Arena, now Talking Stick Resort Arena, still US Airways Center in game

Heard Museum (on the right) along N Central Ave with exhibits devoted to Native American civilizations

Featuring a beautiful collection of Southwestern art as well

Arizona State Capitol

State Farm Stadium, Gila River Arena and AMC Westgate 20 movie theater

Big entertainment complex nearby Glendale Municipal Airport

Bellair Golf Club, north side of Phoenix

Phoenix Deer Valley Airport

On to Boulders Carefree in Scottsdale

Sky Ranch at Carefree

Leaving the massive urban area behind, flying over Hieroglyphic Mountains

Yavapai County

Mericopa County, Wild Horse Tank below

Smith Peak (5,242ft)

Harcuvar Mountains Wilderness

Planet, Arizona on the north bank of the Bill Williams River in La Paz County

Havasu Springs Resort at Parker Dam in the Colorado River

Gene Wash Reservoir and Airport

Lake Havasu City, known as a base for trails in the nearby desert and water sports on Lake Havasu

Bridgewater Links Golf Course and London Bridge

Famous bridge rebuilt after being transported from London in the 1970s

Ford Motor Co Arizona Proving Ground

Flying over Mohave County

Sycamore Creek

Quite the canyon for a creek

Bagdad Copper Mine

Bagdad Airport

Granite Mountain Wilderness Arizona

Granite Gardens Park along Hwy 89 to Prescott

Prescott, located in central Arizona

Wildly overgrown Courthouse Plaze with the historic Whiskey Row alongside, Jefferson Park behind

Sedona, desert town near Flagstaff

Sedona Airport, rightfully one of the star airport locations

Amazing views at this airport

Beautiful area, Slide Rock State Park

Flagstaff, gateway to the San Francisco Peaks, home to Arizona’s tallest mountain (Humphreys Peak)

Also home to the Northern Arizona University and Walkup Skydome sports complex (big white dome)

Flying over Meteor Crater Natural Landmark

Lechee Airport nearby Meteor Crater

Into Navajo County

The terrain is getting more rugged

Apache County, some traces of snow left here

Canyon de Chelly

Created by the innocent looking Wheatfields Creek

Trouble brewing at Old Sawmill Spring

Looking for Sanostee Airport

It’s in one of these valleys

Not much to see there, on to Ship Rock in the Navajo Volcanic Field

Iconic & religiously significant Navajo Nation monadnock that rises over 1,500 ft into the air

The term monadnock is used by American geologists to describe any isolated mountain formed from the exposure of a harder rock as a result of the erosion of a softer one once surrounding it (a landform termed “inselberg” “island-peak” elsewhere in the world)

San Juan County, New Mexico

Ute Mountain Reservation

Cliff Palace in Fewkes Canyon, Montezuma County

Cliff dwelling built by Ancestral Puebloans from 1190 to 1260

On the other side of the canyon is the Sun temple. Archaeological site of a ceremonial structure thought to be an ancient Pueblo astronomy observatory

Great view of Cliff Palace from the Sun Temple

Sunset over Montezuma County

Mancos, Colorado

Mount Wilson (14,252ft)

I decided to go around, running out of light

Telluride, a former Victorian mining town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains

Final stop at Telluride Regional Airport

Slightly downhill runway

Actually makes for a very smooth landing

I decided to park for a change, nicely detailed airport

Awesome leg, detail overload

Next up, heading to the Grand Canyon

Thank you for pointing me to the Richat Structure.

Never heard from this before. But thats ok :wink:, Since MSFS 2020 is released, I have already learned more about the beauty and the versatility of our planets surface than in the last 50 years.

I am endless grateful for this experiences, thank you MS/Asobo!

When I am finished with my south americas tour I will went to africa next.

fly safe!

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Leg 241, Telluride, Colorado via Utah to Grand Canyon North Entrance, Arizona, USA

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I’ve been to this area a couple times although last time is already 20 years ago. Great to see it all from above, what’s further beyond the scenic lookouts. Terrain quality is a bit of a challenge, height data isn’t all that detailed while shadows are baked in on cliffs. It seems a morning flight would match better in this area. However it still looks amazing, awesome landscape to fly through.

04-19 Telluride Rgnl KTEX * 5:12 PM
04-19 Montrose Rgnl KMTJ 5:28 PM
04-19 Grand Junction Regional KGJT 5:46 PM
04-19 Hendricks Field at West Creek Ranch 63CO 6:05 PM
04-19 Hubbard 9CO3 6:09 PM
04-19 Las Sal Junction 01UT 6:21 PM
04-19 Mineral Strip UT75 6:42 PM
04-19 Happy Canyon UT97 7:01 PM
04-19 Hite UT03 7:12 PM
04-19 Fry Canyon Field UT74 7:30 PM
04-19 A Z Minerals Corporation 03UT 7:51 PM Monument Valley 37°1’13"N, 110°5’33"W
04-19 Eagle Mesa 37°3’3.18" N110°7’4.57"W 8:06 PM
04-19 Monument Valley UT25 8:10 PM
04-19 Oljato 05UT 8:18 PM
04-19 Navajo Mountain 04UT 8:29 PM Lake Powell 37°04’00.2"N 111°14’36.4"W
04-19 Page Muni KPGA 8:41 PM PG Area Glen Canyon Dam 36°56’15"N, 111°29’3"W
04-19 Marble Canyon L41 8:55 PM Navajo Bridge 36°49’3"N, 111°37’53"W
04-19 Bryce Canyon KBCE 9:20 PM Bryce Canyon 37°35’09.9"N 112°11’29.7"W
04-19 Cedar City Rgnl KCDC 9:40 PM Angel’s Landing 37°16’17.6"N 112°56’33.8"W
04-19 Colorado City Mun KAZC 10:01 PM
04-19 Grand Canyon Airport KGRM 10:24 PM

Flight time 5:12 20 stops

Departure from Telluride Airport

First we got to gain some height to get over the mountains

Back and forth gaining altitude

To get by Mears Peak (13,496ft) and Dallas Peak (13,809ft)

Montrose on the other side of the mountains

Following Dry Creek

Delta County

Mesa County, all highlands, flying at 8,000ft

Grand Junction in Colorado’s Western Slope region, known as the hub of Colorado’s wine country

Also home to Colorado Mesa University

Glade Park

Further over Mesa County, Moores Mining ahead

Landing at Hendricks Field at West Creek Ranch

Hubbard in Trumbull County, Ohio

Near Needles Overlook

Coming up on the Colorado River

Winding through Canyonlands National Park

Upheaval Dome, eroded crater, 5 km across, from a prehistoric meteorite impact

Mineral Canyon Strip at Mineral Bottom along the Green River

Taking off again along Tidwell Bottom (right) and Horsethief Bottom (ahead)

The Green River as it flows towards the Colorado River

Above Buttes of the Cross South in the northern reach of Glen Canyon

Hans Flat Ranger station at the junction in the road ahead

Flying over Wayne County, Mt Pennell (11,413ft) on the horizon

Happy Canyon Airport

Approaching Lake Powell along the Dirty Devil River (Colorado River coming from the left)

Utah State Route 95 crossing the Dirty Devil River

I remember driving that route, amazing

Hite Crossing Bridge, where Route 95 crosses the Colorado River

Hite Crossing Bridge from Hite Overlook, picture I took in the summer of 2000

My attempt at a 270 degree panorama at Hite Overlook from ye old analog pictures

Lake Powell near Hite (behind), Mt Holmes (7,998ft) and Mt Ellesworth (8,245ft) to the right of me

San Juan County, Utah

Jacobs Chair (6,808ft) in the Elk Ridge

Fry Canyon Field, further along Utah State Route 95

Tables of the Sun South (7,116ft)

Further over San Juan County

To Pollys Canyon

Which joins the San Juan River

Monument Valley near the border with Arizona

Fun gap to fly through in Stagecoach

Landed on Eagle Mesa, a bit bumpy

I would take a closer screenshot but it’s very low res if you get closer

Taking off from Eagle Mesa, completely dwarfs my plane

Taking off to the west, Rock Door Mesa in the distance

Looking back at Monument Valley from Oljato

Oljato Airport, looking towards Arizona

Navajo Mountain (10,387ft) and Navajo Mountain Airport

Back to Lake Powell, the soutwest side

Page in Coconino County, Arizona

Glen Canyon Dam, the end of Lake Powell

Marble Canyon

Under and over at Navajo Bridge near Marble Canyon Airport

Flying from Marble Canyon to Bryce Canyon

Lower Hackberry Canyon

Tropic, in Garfield County, Utah, along Utah Scenic Byway 12

Bryce Canyon, featuring towering spires (hoodoos) & a natural amphitheater

Even more stunning in real life

I’ve got video footage of it from 1998 filmed with a JVC GR-DV1. (first Mini DV camera) Unfortunately it still recorded on (mini) tapes and the mpeg quality has degraded a lot. The resolution was pretty low as well (although better than VHS) hence I went back to analog pictures in 2000. It is a very neat compact camera for the time. Now any cheap cell phone takes better movies!

Landing at Cedar City Airport

The sun is getting low, time to hustle

Cedar City, the largest city in Iron County, Utah

Zion National Park, another amazing place

Zion Observation point (on the right), hiked up there in 2000 via Echo Canyon Passage

Angle’s Landing (lower left), hiked up there in 1998, not as high but plenty narrow high ledges to get there

Our view at Angel’s landing from Zion Observation point in 2000

Zion National Park Visitor Center

Virgin River below

Rockville, in Washington County, Utah along the Virgin River

Coconino County

Last stop today at an airstrip near North Entrance Station of Grand Canyon National Park

I made it to the Grand Canyon, but will have to wait until tomorrow

Next leg, following the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas

Leg 242, Grand Canyon North Entrance, Arizona via Nevada to South Lake Tahoe, California, USA

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The mighty Grand Canyon. She looks pretty good in game as long as you don’t get too close. Same for Las Vegas and Yosemite. This leg is more retracing my steps from 21 years ago, all very recognizable.

04-20 Grand Canyon Airport KGRM 4:21 PM
04-20 Grand Canyon National Park KGCN 4:34 PM
04-20 Tuweep L50 5:18 PM
04-20 Grand Canyon Bar Ten Airstrip 1Z1 5:25 PM
04-20 Grand Canyon West 1G4 5:42 PM
04-20 Pearce Ferry L25 5:52 PM
04-20 Temple Bar U30 6:01 PM
04-20 Hoover Dam Bridge 36°0’45"N, 114°44’29"W 6:17 PM
04-20 Boulder City KBVU 6:23 PM
04-20 Henderson Executive KHND 6:31 PM
04-20 Mc Carran Intl KLAS 6:37 PM Las Vegas PG Area
04-20 Fremont Street 36°10’14"N, 115°8’37"W 7:06 PM
04-20 North Las Vegas KVGT 7:15 PM
04-20 Indian Springs AF Aux KINS 7:31 PM
04-20 Desert Rock NV65 7:38 PM
04-20 Jackass U75 7:48 PM
04-20 Stove Pipe Wells L09 8:01 PM Death Valley 36°36’53.7"N 117°06’47.4"W
04-20 Chicken Strip KLOO 8:18 PM
04-20 Bishop KBIH 8:35 PM
04-20 Mammoth Yosemite KMMH 8:48 PM
04-20 Lee Vining O24 8:58 PM Mono Lake 37°59’51.1"N 119°02’17.6"W
Yosemite Black Bears 37°54’15"N, 119°15’27"W Not home
Half Dome 37°44’41"N, 119°32’5"W
Yosemite El Capitan 37°43’58"N, 119°38’11"W
04-20 Mariposa-Yosemite KMPI 9:37 PM
04-20 Modesto City-Co-Harry Sham Fld KMOD 9:55 PM PG Area
Manteca 37°47’17"N, 121°13’59"W PG Area
04-20 Stockton Metropolitan KSCK 10:10 PM PG Area
04-20 Lodi 1O3 10:24 PM PG Area
04-20 Sacramento Executive KSAC 10:32 PM PG Area
04-20 Yolo County KDWA 10:45 PM PG Area
04-20 Sacramento Intl KSMF 10:51 PM PG Area
04-20 Swansboro Country 01CL 11:08 PM Bad Stuttering, memory increasing
04-20 Lake Tahoe KTVL 11:27 PM Memory back down

Flight time 7:06 29 stops

Approaching the Grand Canyon from the North Entrance

Flying out over her along Buddha Temple

Point Sublime visible in the other direction

Grand Canyon Village along the South Rim

Angels window in the distance

South Rim Trail

Two shots from my trip back in 2000

Making a quick stop at Grand Canyon National Park Airport

Back to the canyon to explore down below, descending along Plateau Point

View from Plateau Point

Down to the Colorado River

Looks pretty rough down there, heading back up at Salt Creek

Monadnock Amphitheater

Garnet Canyon

Great Thumb Point

Kanab Canyon

Stopping by Tuweep Airport down below

Tuweep Airport in Broad Canyon

Aeroportul Grand Canyon Bar 10 / Webbs Ranch Landing Strip

Iverson Tank below, tiny dried up lake

Grand Canyon West

Where the Grand Canyon Skywalk is

Located at Eagle Point

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Coming up on the Hoover Dam

Terrain quality is really bad here, hence not much of the dam in the picture

Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge on the other side

I had to land on it of course, very busy bridge

Boulder City Municipal Airport

Seven Hills, a master-planned community approximately 7 miles from the Las Vegas Strip

McCarran International Airport

Flying along the Las Vegas Strip starting at the Mandalay Bay

Luxor Hotel and Casino

MGM Grand

Bellagio with the awesome fountains and Paris

Water conservation not all that high on the list there, the funtains consume about 12 million gallons of water a year and cost between 300K and 400K per month to operate.

Bellagio Fountain combined with Tiesto

Treasure Island where a pirate ship sunk in the Sirens of Ti free show (show stopped end 2013)

In front the Mirage Volcano, still erupting fire but less frequently nowadays

Sirens of Treasure Island

Mirage Volcano

Circus Circus Hotel and Casino which includes the largest permanent circus in the world

My favorite Las Vegas movie has great scenes there, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas

The STRAT Hotel with some daring thrill rides at the top

Freemont Street with the world’s largest video screen build overtop

Makes for a decent runway as well!

Viva Vision Imagine Dragons at Freemont Street

Nearby is or rather was the Star Trek Experience in the Las Vegas Hilton. It wasn’t that big yet in 2000 but well made. It got a major renovation in 2004 which added the Borg invasion 4D-attraction but then it closed in 2008 and never re-opened (lost the license)

Now to get back in the air was pretty tricky

Avoid the building across the street

Made it, climbing out of El Cortez Hotel and Casino

North Las Vegas Airport

Indian Springs Air Force Base

Desert Rock Airport

Amargosa Valley

Death Valley with the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Tbh it was a bit underwhelming in person, same in the air. It was really hot there though.

Cottonwood Marble Canyon

Grandstand Nature Preserve

Waucoba Mountain (11,128ft)

Bishop located near the northern end of the Owens Valley

Bad form stopping in the intersection

Aspen Springs on Lake Crowley

Mono Lake, an ancient saline soda lake located at the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada

Formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in an endorheic basin

Flying over Mount Dana (13,061ft)

Into Yosemite National Park

Half Dome (8,839ft)

A granite dome at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley

El Capitan (7,569ft) located on the north side of Yosemite Valley

Popular objective for rock climbers, and featured in the opening of Star Trek V

Mariposa-Yosemite Airport

Modesto City-Co-Harry Sham Fld behind Modesto Air Products & Chemicals Inc

Modesto, largest city of Stanislaus County, California

Salida along the Golden State Hwy 99

Manteca further on the way to Stockton

Stockton on the San Joaquin River, in California’s Central Valley

Banner Island Ballpark and Stockton Arena at McLeod Lake

Lodi in the center portion of California’s Central Valley

Landing at Sacramento Executive Airport

Sacramento, the capital of California (I always thought it was San Francisco)

Golden 1 Center before the new Arena was build (construction began end 2014)

Pretty consistent, all the NA PG data seems to be from 2014

California State Capitol and Court of Appeal on the left

Sacramento Tower Bridge of the Sacramento River

Sacramento International Airport

Flying by McClellan Airport and the smaller Rio Linda Airport

Folsom in front of Folsom Lake, home to Folsom State Prison

Opened in 1880, Folsom is the state’s second-oldest prison after San Quentin

Folsom Prison Blues

Flying over Dark Canyon, well named

Following Silver Creek up towards Lake Tahoe

Lincoln Valley Reservoir

Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling the border of California and Nevada

Final stop today at Lake Tahoe Airport

More of California tomorrow. There are close to 60 PG areas in California. It feels like half the game content is in the USA and 25% of that is in California. I’ll be heading a bit north first then along the coast to San Francisco.

Leg 243, South Lake Tahoe, California via Oregon to Santa Rosa, California, USA

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A loop through Oregon, pretty quiet state with some nice vistas.

04-21 Lake Tahoe KTVL 4:01 PM Grass Lake - Black Bears 38°47’41"N, 119°58’27"W
04-21 Minden-Tahoe KMEV 4:12 PM
04-21 Carson KCXP 4:19 PM PG Area Lake Tahoe - Seagulls 39°14’21"N, 120°3’28"W
04-21 Truckee-Tahoe KTRK 4:34 PM Seagull marker disappears when getting within 3nm
04-21 Reno/Tahoe Intl KRNO 4:51 PM PG Area
04-21 Reno/Stead KRTS 4:59 PM
04-21 Bodad Airstrip CA11 5:11 PM Bodad - Black Bears 40°4’1"N, 120°15’29"W
04-21 Herlong H37 5:19 PM
04-21 Empire 18NV 5:37 PM Fly Geyser 40°51’33"N, 119°19’57"W
04-21 Sulfur NV41 5:55 PM
04-21 Winnemucca Muni KWMC 6:12 PM
04-21 Battle Mountain KBAM 6:29 PM
Betze-post pit (Nevada) 40°58’29.5"N 116°21’18.8"W
04-21 Stevens-Crosby 08U 6:58 PM
04-21 Elko KELF 7:01 PM
04-21 Elko KELG 7:06 PM
04-21 Owyhee 10U 7:13 PM
04-21 J-Lazy-M Ranch ID04 7:32 PM
04-21 Rome Service Airport 0OR6 7:44 PM
04-21 Roaring Springs Ranch OR10 8:07 PM
04-21 Lake Co KLKV 8:30 PM
04-21 Tulelake Mun O81 8:46 PM Lava Beds National Monument 41°46’29.7"N 121°30’24.2"W
04-21 Longbell Ranch 2CL3 9:00 PM
04-21 Dunsmuir Muni-Mott 1O6 9:12 PM
04-21 Tews Field CA53 Redding 9:30 PM PG Area Bump in runway
04-21 Redding Muni KRDD 9:39 PM
04-21 Chico Muni KCIC 10:01 PM PG Area
04-21 Paradise Skypark CA92 10:12 PM Orville Dam 39°32’4.01"N, 121°29’11"W buggy lake
04-21 Oroville Mun KOVE 10:21 PM
04-21 Sutter County O52 10:32 PM PG Area
04-21 Yuba County KMYV 10:34 PM
04-21 Colusa Co O08 10:43 PM
04-21 Antelope Valley Ranch 4CL3 10:52 PM
04-21 Ukiah Muni KUKI 11:07 PM Bad Stuttering, might be the night lighting
04-21 Boonville D83 11:13 PM Memory increading, bad fps, reduce terrain to 10
04-21 Lofty Redwoods 53CL 11:21 PM
04-21 Ocean Ridge E55 11:25 PM Memory recovered, smooth again, terrain back to 100
04-21 The Sea Ranch CA51 11:29 PM
04-21 Charles M Schulz-Sonoma Coun KSTS 11:44 PM

Flight time 7:43 37 stops

Departure from Lake Tahoe

First a little backtracking to visit the bears at Grass Lake

Then to Minden-Tahoe Airport east of Lake Tahoe

Carson City, the capital of Nevada, named after the mountain man Kit Carson

Carson Nugget and the Nevada State Museum

The well hidden Nevada State Capitol (left) and Supreme Court of Nevada (middle)

Incline Village at Lake Tahoe

Reno, known as “The Biggest Little City in the World”

Also known for its casinos, here the El Dorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Reno

Greater Nevada Field, home of the Reno Aces

Flying over Upper Long Valley

Plumas County

Bodad Airstrip

More black bears here in a pretty little valley

Pyramid Lake in Paiute Reservation

Flying towards Gerlach, Kumiva Peak (8,237ft) to the right

Pershing County, Nevada

Dry Lake Bed at the Black Rock Desert where the annual Burning Man festival is held

Fly Geyser Nature Preserve

Also known as Fly Ranch Geyser, a small geothermal geyser

Hycroft Mine, mining Gold and Silver deposits

Humboldt County, Nevada

Flying by Sonoma Peak (9,396ft)

Further over Humboldt County

Buffalo Mountain (8,206ft)

Eureka County

Gold Strike Complex with Betze-Post Open Pit and Meikle and Rodeo underground mines

Unfortunately the pit has no height data, filled in fs2020

Owyhee River at Holdup Canyon

Deep Creek

Little Thomas Creek

Skull Creek

Mickey Hot Springs

Steens Mountain (9,733ft)

Steens Mountain Wilderness

Crump Lake ahead

Lake County Airport

Landing at Tulelake Municipal Airport

Lava Beds National Monument

Desert wilderness park with volcanic features, 700+ caves and Native American rock art

Longbell Ranch

Mount Shasta (14,180ft)

Potentially active volcano at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California

Turning to land at Dunsmuir Municipal-Mott Airport

Located along I-5 in Siskiyou County

Castle Crags State Park

Shasta Lake

Created by Shasta Dam, 602f high, curved gravity dam

Shasta Lake (city) formerly known as Central Valley or CV

Redding on the Sacramento River, Sundial Bridge below

Redding, northern California

California State University, Chico

Landing at Paradise Skypark

Oroville Dam, 770-foot-tall artificial embankment on Lake Oroville considered the tallest in the U.S.

Yuba City on the Feather River

Sutter County Airport

Caldwell Hills

Colusa County Airport

Sunset over Colusa County

Blue Lakes at The Narrows

Ukiah, largest city of Mendocino County, California

Boonville, getting close to the Pacific Ocean

Ocean Ridge Airport

Green Cove Harbor Seal Rookery

Where seals hang out on the rocks

Approaching Windsor in Sonoma County

Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport

Part of Santa Rosa, California

Final stop today, not far from San Francisco

Next leg, exploring San Francisco and San Jose.

Leg 244, Santa Rosa via San Francisco to Three Rivers, California, USA

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A lot of detailed scenery to explore in California, it will take a couple days to through this state. This leg San Francisco and San Jose and a bit of the coast down to Hearst Castle. Average speed down to 75 knots per nautical mile (as the crow flies) due to all the circling and looking for places. So much to see.

04-22 Charles M Schulz-Sonoma Coun KSTS 4:25 PM Agua Caliente PG Area 38°18’28"N, 122°29’16"W
04-22 Napa Co KAPC 4:39 PM
04-22 Travis Afb KSUU 4:47 PM PG Area
04-22 Funny Farm 4CA2 5:00 PM Antioch Concord PG Areas
04-22 Buchanan Field KCCR 5:28 PM Richmond PG Area 37°56’18", 122°20’37"W
04-22 San Rafael CA35 5:43 PM
Golden gate Bridge 37°49’09.5"N 122°28’42.7"W
Alcatraz 37°49’37"N, 122°25’23"W
04-22 Metropolitan Oakland Intl KOAK 7:17 PM Casto Valley PG Area 37°42’28"N, 122°5’13"W
04-22 Hayward Executive KHWD 7:25 PM
04-22 San Francisco Intl KSFO * 7:34 PM Foster City PG Area 37°33’40"N, 122°17’6"W
04-22 San Carlos KSQL 7:47 PM Fremont PG Area 37°33’10"N, 121°59’42"W
04-22 Moffett Federal Afld KNUQ 8:02 PM
04-22 Mineta San Jose Intl KSJC 8:10 PM Runway tears, earthquake!
04-22 Reid-Hillview Of Santa Clara C KRHV 8:22 PM San Jose PG Area
Los Gatos PG Area 37°14’51"N, 121°57’50"W
04-22 Bonny Doon Village CL77 8:37 PM
Terrible stuttering, memory out of control, end task, restart
04-22 Bonny Doon Village CL77 8:44 PM Santa Cruz PG Area 36°57’49"N, 122°1’23"W
04-22 Monterey Bay Academy CA66 8:58 PM
04-22 Salinas Muni KSNS 9:07 PM PG Area
04-22 Monterey Rgnl KMRY 9:14 PM Bixby Creek Bridge 36°22’17"N, 121°54’7"W
04-22 Hearst Ranch KCAM 9:41 PM Hearst Castle 35°41’07.4"N 121°10’07.6"W
04-22 San Ardo CA88 9:52 PM
04-22 Mendota M90 10:12 PM
04-22 Madera Muni KMAE 10:21 PM PG Area
04-22 Fresno Yosemite Intl KFAT 10:36 PM PG Area
04-22 Selma 0Q4 10:43 PM PG Area
Reedley PG Area 36°35’46"N, 119°27’25"W
04-22 Sequoia D86 10:52 PM
04-22 Three Rivers KTHR 11:03 PM

Flight time 6:31 24 stops

Departure from Santa Rosa in the fog, flying over Historic Railroad Square

Galvin Park, luckily it was just some low hanging clouds

Sonoma at the heart of the renowned Sonoma Valley winemaking region

Called Agua Caliente PG Area (Fetters Hot Springs-Agua Caliente, CA) in game

Hanzell Vineyards

Los Chamizal Vineyards

Napa County, known for hundreds of hillside vineyards in the Napa Valley wine region

Solano Town Center (the name of the mall)

Solano County, taking green energy seriously

They don’t rotate quite in sync, more like a wave to fly through at the right speed :wink:

Funny Farm Airport on Penny Lane (it’s real)

Antioch waterpark behind Deer Valley High School

Schools are so big here with an amphitheater and all

Pittsburg Power Plant on Suisun Bay

Preparing to land at Buchanan Field Airport in Concord

West Wind Solano Drive-In next to the airport, what genius planted a tree in front of the screen

Pinole in Contra Costa County on San Pablo Bay

Modern day castles, Richmond Hilltop Mall

Taking off from San Rafael Airport

To finally head to the Golden Gate Bridge, seen here from Battery Spencer

Fort Baker 19th-century concrete battery, now offering views of the Golden Gate Bridge

The only place where you can fly under the bridge (Conzelman rd) without getting swatted down

You can’t fly through the pillars either and landing on the road makes you hover 10 ft above the deck

Beautiful bridge, but not that suitable for stunt flying

The notorious Alcatraz, maximum security prison from 1934 to 1963, Al Capone among one of the first to serve time there. Museum site since 1986, attracting some 1.5 million visitors annually.

San Francisco seen from Pier 45, known for its 2 World War II-era vessels (USS Pampanito sank…)

Behind lies the well known Pier 39 where tourists and sea lions like to hang out

Zooming through the Financial District

The famous Lombard Street

The straight ones offer much better entertainment, Bullitt 1968

Flying over Dragon’s Gate, marking the entrance to the city’s iconic Chinatown neighborhood

The Painted Ladies on Steiner st at Alamo Square Park, a row of Victorian houses

well-known for appearances on movies, TV shows & postcards

Checking out the coast line at Lands End

Seal Rock Beach on the left and USS San Francisco Memorial middle, Point Lobos on the right

Sutro Tower, can’t miss it, on Mount Sutro, used by TV & radio stations

Crossing the Oakland Bay Bridge

No problems following this bridge, except for the tunnel part

Continuing after Yerba Buena Island

Stealth mode

To the other side of San Francisco Bay

South Prescott, harbor area in Oakland

Naval Air Station Alameda

A favorite location in Mythbusters and locale for the epic finale of the series

Metropoliton Oakland International Airport

Hayward Executive Airport

And San Francisco International Airport

Flying out over the terminal, pretty quiet down there

San Mateo Central Park

Port of Redwood City

San Carlos Airport

Stanford University, founded in 1885

Stanford Stadium

Approaching Moffet Field Airport, Googleplex global HQ of Google at the tip of my right wing

National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex at Ames Research Center

California’s Great America Amusement Park

Levi’s Stadium in the background, home of the San Francisco 49ers

San José, Silicon Valley’s largest city

Flying past The Tech Interactive (purple dome)

San José City Hall in front of San José State University

Next heading to the coast via Joe Colla Interchange

W Valley Fwy in Los Gatos

Vasona Reservoir

Santa Cruz Beach, very foggy here

Monterey Bay Academy Airport

Salinas in Monterey County

Castle Rock Viewpoint and Bixbie Creek Bridge

This is more how I remember the coast

It looks a bit better from higher up, following the Cabrillo Hwy

Through Monterey County

At Salmon Creek Falls

Landing at Hearst Ranch Airport

Hearst Castle, build by William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) Businessman, newspaper publisher, and politician with a net worth of 3.1 billion at the time, and featured in Citizen Kane (as Charles Foster Kane)

Build between 1919 and 1947, National Historic Landmark and museum

San Benito Mountain Research Natural Area

Fresno County

From hills to farms

Madera Speedway

Fresno Chukchansi Park, home of the Fresno Grizzlies

The Big Fresno Fair, hosting the Central Valley’s largest annual event

Sunset at Fresno Yosemite International Airport

Cought another glimpse of the setting sun while climbing out of Fresno

Selma in Fresno County

Reedley on the Kings River

Final destination this leg, Three Rivers Airport

Grass strip along a road, works as runway lighting as well

The stars are out, continue tomorrow

Next leg, a quick visit to Sequoia National Park the making my way towards Los Angeles.

Wow that’s the first time I’ve seen a drive-in theater! I’ll have to see if I can find some of my local ones. Also I’ve heard the Fresno city hall has an interesting shape like an alien space ship.

It’s actually a double screen theater there, you can see the parking spaces lined up for the other screen in the picture. If you park at the right place you can each watch a different movie! I flew by a couple other ones yet this one had the best captured screen, despite the tree in front of it. No clue what’s up with the trees, they grow out of bridges, ships, cranes, I’m pretty sure I don’t have an apocalypse mod installed!

Fresno city hall looks interesting, not as wild as Walt Disney Concert Hall I flew by today. The Greater Los Angeles area is all PG area, it doesn’t seem to end! It’s a completely different game there, so much detail. I’ll post the leg tomorrow.

These flights over PG data a very demanding, so much to look at. No autopilot climb to 2,500 ft, as I usually do, and watch the screensaver go by while browsing google maps. My laptop held out, barely, couple very long pauses where I though the game had locked up but it struggled through all that data. (Pausing to take screenshots helps a lot to keep it alive) My data usage for this month already sits at 243 GiB, mostly from California.

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Same for greater San Diego where I live, it’s eerie seeing all my local stores, schools, etc.

San Diego is coming up soon, any places I should visit? :slight_smile: I made it to Oceanside to today, will be heading to Palm Springs first before San Diego.

I’ve been to San Diego before, San Diego Zoo is amazing, or was, I was there back in 2000. I saw Chicken Run there in the theaters, so must have been end June, early July, 2000. Sea world has probably change a lot since I was there. I saw today that there’s a whole extra theme park next to Disneyland.

This was the view from our hotel in San Diego back then


No luck placing it anywhere with Google Maps, probably all changed

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Yup, Disney California Adventure opened around 2002 or so. As for San Diego there’s La Jolla Cove with the Children’s Pool (albeit more for seal children than human children these days) and breakwater, the USS Midway museum (retired WWII aircraft carrier), Miramar air base (former home of Top Gun), Coronado Bridge and the Hotel Del Coronado, Belmont Park on Mission Beach with the Giant Dipper roller coaster, Petco Park (Padres baseball stadium), Qualcomm Stadium (former Chargers football stadium), Balboa Park near the zoo, and San Diego State University. In general there is so much variety of microclimates (coast, valleys, mountains, and deserts) packed in a relatively small area. And if you keep going east from there, the Salton Sea isn’t too far away.

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Also looks like you’re along Ash St between India St and Columbia St, which would place you at the Best Western Plus Bayside Inn, looking west, over the Mission Federal Credit Union and towards the Embarcadero and Wyndham Hotel.

Yes! I was looking one street too close to the bay. That little red roof sticking out is Ruth’s Chris Steak House. It did change a bit, the tennis court is gone. I got all the places converted to coordinates, will check em out when I fly by.

When we first got to San Diego (started our tour there in '98, visited again in 2000) us ignorant Europeans had never heard of North South designations for streets, or rather that they each start numbering from 0 again. We couldn’t find our hotel, right number, completely on the wrong side of town!

Great city, I’ll be back one day showing my kids around.

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Leg 245, Three Rivers via Los Angeles to Oceanside, California, USA

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Another day in California, exploring the Greater Los Angeles Area. It’s all a continuous PG area, flying over this ocean of building for hours really drives home how many people there are. Sure you see it on maps, and I’ve actually driven through the area before. Yet seeing it like this from the air is different, buildings to the horizon which ever way you look.

The Greater Los Angeles Area has 18.7 million people. Far less than Tokyo-Yokohama (38.5 million) yet there a lot is auto gen buildings which don’t convey the same feeling of endless variation. Or rather, autogen buildings don’t draw as much attention and you fly much higher over them. To see all the detail in the Greater Los Angeles area I was at 1,000ft above the terrain at most.

04-23 Three Rivers KTHR 9:45 AM Sequoia National Park
General Sherman Tree 36°34’53.8"N 118°45’05.3"W
04-23 Sequoia Ranch CA44 10:08 AM
04-23 Exeter O63 10:19 AM
04-23 Visalia Muni KVIS 10:29 AM PG Area
04-23 Hanford Muni KHJO 10:36 AM PG Area
04-23 Salyer Farms 24CL 10:43 AM
04-23 Porterville Mun KPTV 10:55 AM PG Area
04-23 Kern Valley L05 11:11 AM Lake Isabella - Seagulls 35°39’22"N, 118°28’2"W
04-23 Bakersfield Muni L45 11:35 AM PG Area
1:50
04-23 Bakersfield Muni L45 5:17 PM
04-23 Taft-Kern Co L17 5:25 PM
04-23 7R Ranch CL25 5:31 PM
04-23 Santa Barbara Muni KSBA 5:45 PM Runway Tears PG Area
04-23 Point Bennett Research Station KLOP 6:12 PM
04-23 Ranger Station KBUE 6:15 PM
04-23 Bechers Bay Airstrip KISS 6:22 PM
04-23 Christy Airstrip CA97 6:30 PM
04-23 Oxnard KOXR 6:44 PM PG Area
04-23 Point Muga Nas (Naval Base Ven KNTD 6:50 PM
Simi Valley PG Area 34°15’12"N, 118°46’28"W
Santa Clarita PG Area 34°26’31"N, 118°32’6"W
04-23 Skyotee Ranch CL74 7:24 PM Willow Springs racetrack 34°52’23.0"N 118°15’50.0"W
04-23 Rosamond L00 7:33 PM
04-23 Lancaster KLAT 7:40 PM Unclear runway, bumpy terrain PG Area
04-23 Palmdale USAF Plant 42 KPMD 7:43 PM PG Area
04-23 San Gabriel Valley KEMT 7:59 PM Runway tear, flipped plane PG Area
Downtown LA PG Area 34°3’4"N, 118°15’36"W
Glendale PG Area 34°8’56"N, 118°15’27"W
Hollywood PG Area 34°8’1"N, 118°19’20"W
Universal Studios 34°08’15.8"N 118°21’06.7"W
04-23 Bob Hope KBUR 8:47 PM
04-23 Van Nuys KVNY 8:52 PM
04-23 Santa Monica Muni KSMO 9:05 PM PG Area
04-23 Los Angeles Intl KLAX * 9:10 PM Inglewood PG Area 33°57’17"N, 118°20’17"W
04-23 Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne KHHR 9:13 PM PG Area
04-23 Zamperini Field KTOA 9:23 PM Longbeach PG Area 33°45’33"N, 118°11’37"W
04-23 Long Beach/Daugherty Field/ KLGB 9:40 PM Downey PG Area 33°56’15"N, 118°7’30"W
La Habra PG Area 33°55’47"N, 117°56’44"W
04-23 Fullerton Muni KFUL 9:45 PM Disneyland Anaheim PG Area 33°48’45.3"N 117°55’08.4"W
Santa Ana PG Area 33°44’57"N, 117°52’24"W
04-23 John Wayne Airport-Orange County KSNA 10:02 PM
04-23 Catalina KAVX 10:16 PM
04-23 San Clemente Island NALF KNUC 10:27 PM
04-23 Bob Maxwell Memorial Airfield KOKB 10:51 PM

Flight time 7:24 34 stops

I snuck in a couple hours in the morning, departure from Three River

To check out Sequoia National Park

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

There in the middle is the General Sherman Tree

From the other side, General Sherman Tree Car Park above the tree

General Sherman Tree, just under 275ft tall, one of the tallest trees in the world

By volume, it is the largest known living single-stem tree on Earth, estimated to be around 2,300 to 2,700 years old. Cowboy James Wolverton, discovered the tree on August 7, 1879 and named it after the Civil War general under whom he served.

Flying a bit further into Sequoia National Park in Tulare County

Moses Mountain (9,331ft)

Springville, preparing for a 180 degree turn to land at Sequoia Ranch behind me

College of the Sequoias at Visalia

Kings County

Tulare County

Porterville in the San Joaquin Valley

Lake Isabella in the southern Sierra Nevada

Finally spotted a seagull!

I managed to chase it with the drone while pausing the plane

Still not easy to follow, reducing sim rate helps (Fauna slows down too unlike traffic)

Then suddenly a whole flock appeared

Lot of birds

Things not to do in real life, with a lot of pausing not to quickly overshoot the birds

Flying with the birds is nice, except I’m actually moving nearly 100 mph faster

Definitely not the view you want to see in a real plane

Enough bird watching, on to Bakersfield, the country music capital of the West Coast

Home of country music singers Merle Haggard (1937-2016) and Buck Owens (1929-2006)

Kern County

Santa Barbara County

Flying into Los Padres National Forest


Over the Santa Ynez Mountains to Santa Barbara

La Playa Field on Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara

The pier (behind) is unfortunately mostly under water

US 101 overpass at N Calle Cesar Chavez

Santa Barbara downtown

Flying out to the islands on the coast, San Miguel island

Caliche Forest on San Miguel Island

Home to Cabrillo Monument, the Portugese navigator who discovered California in 1542

Santa Rosa Island

Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park

Landing at Christie strip on Santa Cruz Island

Back to the mainland, landing at Oxnard Airport

Oxnard, a seaside city west of Los Angeles

Bard Lake

Simi Valley in the southeast corner of Ventura County

Brandeis up in the hills

Over the Ronald Reagan Fwy at Topo Canyon rd

Six Flags Magic Mountain at Santa Clarita

Following Bouquet Creek up into Bouquet Canyon

Skyotee Ranch

Willow Springs International Raceway, just over 50 miles north of LA

Approaching Pasadena

Descending back into the metropolitan ocean, San Gabriel Valley

San Gabriel Valley Airport

Remember to always wear a seat belt, runway tears flipped my plane upside down after touch down

The whole ground shifts up an down while the terrain tiles get updated

Monteray Pass Rd, heading for Los Angeles

Crossing the Los Angeles River, the Terminator 2 vibes are strong

Walt Disney Concert Hall, downtown LA

Los Angeles Central Library between the sky scrapers

1000 Grand by Windsor construction at Los Angeles S Grand Ave - W Olympic Boulevard

Opened 2015, another indication data is from 2014 at the latest

STAPLES Center, hosts LA teams, the Lakers, Clippers, Kings & Sparks

L.A. Live behind, massive entertainment complex featuring a theater & The Grammy Museum

Elysian Heights

On top of Mount Lee, since 1923

Hollywood Reservoir

Hollywood Boulevard, Chinese Theater on the left as well as the Walk Of Fame

I watched a movie there once, it wasn’t all that good, the theater made up for it. Beautiful theater

Hollywood Boulevard at N Highland Ave

Another chance to date the data, when was that combination of billboard up

Back along Hollywood reservoir

To Universal Studios Hollywood

We got drenched there in the Jurassic park ride (replaced 2018) then warmed up at Backdraft (replaced 2010). The park has changed a lot, 1998, 2021

Crossing the San Diego Freeway

To Santa Monica, Pacific Park on Santa Monica Pier down below

Unfortunately the rest of the pier is under water

Santa Monica at Broadway and (end of) Promenade, Muscle Beach (Venice Beach) in the distance

Looking down Ocean Ave along Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica Municipal Airport

Los Angeles International Airport

Even with ground traffic at 10 my laptop can barely handle all the details

Los Angeles Southwest College along Glenn Anderson Fwy

Making a loop around Lunada Bay

Terminal Island at Long Beach

Long Beach, RMS Queen Mary is moored in Queensway Bay, a museum/restaurant since 1930

Sadly overgrown by trees in the game

Fullerton Municipal Airport

Disneyland Anaheim, the original, opened July 17, 1955

And directly behind it, new to me, Disney California Adventure Park

Santa Ana River, at first I thought that transition was a glitch, it’s real

Most of the river has been replaced by concrete, some parts are turned into parks again

John Wayne Airport-Orange County

Newport Center

Escaping the urban sprawl to enjoy the sunset on the way to Santa Catalina Island

Catalina Airport

San Clemente Island

Arriving back at the mainland after sunset, already very dark under the clouds

Last stop this leg, Bob Maxwell Memorial Airfield

More of California next leg, Palm Springs and San Diego up next.

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Leg 246, Oceanside, California, USA to Isla Natividad, Baja California Sur, México

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Visiting Palm Springs and San Diego this leg, then on to Mexico. San Diego was great to visit again, another huge PG Area and thanks to @bwc1976 I had a great itinerary of places to visit. The area is not quite at the level of London photogrammetry, yet it’s vast. Then you get to the Mexico border and all detail abruptly ends. It’s a digital as well as physical border, big contrast.

Since it was full moon I kept on flying into the night, long itinerary this leg.

04-24 Bob Maxwell Memorial Airfield KOKB 4:58 PM Oceanside PG Area
04-24 Fallbrook Community L18 5:08 PM Temecula PG Area
04-24 French Valley F70 5:19 PM
04-24 Pines Airpark 8CA5 5:22 PM Unclear runway
04-24 Perris Valley L65 5:27 PM PG Area
04-24 March Arb KRIV 5:31 PM Moreno Valley PG Area
04-24 Riverside Muni KRAL 5:39 PM PG Area
04-24 Ontario Intl KONT 5:47 PM PG Area
04-24 Rialto Mun/Miro L67 5:55 PM San Bernardino PG Area
04-24 San Bernardino Intl KSBD 6:03 PM
04-24 Redlands Muni KREI 6:06 PM Yucaipa PG Area 34°2’12"N, 117°3’4"W
04-24 Banning Muni KBNG 6:13 PM
04-24 Palm Springs Intl KPSP 6:32 PM PG Area
Desert Hot Springs PG Area 33°57’54"N, 116°30’57"W
04-24 Yucca Valley L22 6:48 PM
04-24 Twentynine Palms KTNP 6:59 PM Joshua Tree Natl Park 33°51’54.8"N 115°54’20.8"W
04-24 Desert Air Sky Ranch 63CA 7:18 PM
04-24 Salton Sea KSAS 7:26 PM
04-24 Ocotillo L90 7:33 PM
04-24 Hunt’s Sky Ranch 04CL 7:42 PM
04-24 Gillespie Field KSEE 8:01 PM
04-24 Miramar MCAS KNKX 8:07 PM Former Top Gun HQ
04-24 Montgomery-Gibbs Executive KMYF 8:10 PM
04-24 San Dieogo Intl KSAN 8:29 PM PG Area Sea World, San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove 32°51’01.2"N 117°16’22.0"W
USS Midway Museum (aircraft carrier) 32°42’49.5"N 117°10’31.5"W
Coronado Bridge 32°41’21.5"N 117°09’11.6"W
Hotel del Coronado 32°40’47.7"N 117°10’45.8"W
Belmont Park Giant Dipper 32°46’16.3"N 117°15’02.9"W
Petco Park stadium 32°42’26.7"N 117°09’25.6"W
Qualcomm Stadium 32°46’59.3"N 117°07’10.7"W
Balboa Park (San Dieogo Zoo) 32°44’03.8"N 117°08’40.9"W
San Diego State University 32°46’31.5"N 117°04’16.5"W
04-24 Imperial Beach Nolf (Ream Fld) KNRS 9:13 PM
04-24 Gen Abelardo L Rodriguez Intl MMTJ 9:24 PM
04-24 Reider Ranch CA75 9:33 PM
04-24 Jacumba L78 9:42 PM
04-24 Calexico Intl KCXL 9:55 PM
04-24 Yucatan Airstrip MXFD 10:04 PM
04-24 Yuma MCAS / Yuma Intl KNYL 10:18 PM PG Area
04-24 Wellton KWEO 10:30 PM
04-24 Ajo Mun P01 10:52 PM
04-24 Sonoyta MXTC 11:11 PM
04-24 Aduana de Sonoyta Airstrip MMWX 11:19 PM
04-24 Mar de Cortes Intl AMC 11:32 PM Crater 31°50’44.1"N 113°23’30.1"W
04-25 Golfo de Santa Clara MMHM 12:04 AM
04-25 San Felipe Intl MMSF 12:23 AM
04-25 Meling Ranch Airstrip MMEM 12:44 AM
04-25 Rancho Magana MMFI 12:55 AM
04-25 Lorenzos de Baja MMRZ 12:59 AM
04-25 Los Pinos MMOE 1:04 AM
04-25 El Socorrito MMOB 1:08 AM 149nm next 19 knot headwind
04-25 Airport Isla Duadalupe MMGD 2:04 AM 173nm next 17 knot tailwind
04-25 Isla Natividad Airstrip MMBS 3:02 AM CTD on end flight

Flight time 10:04 43 stops

Departure from Bob Maxwell Memorial Airfield

A look at Oceanside by daylight, here at Oceanside Fishing Pier

Carlsbad Power Plant further down the coast

Heading insland, Fallbrook Community Airport

Temecula in southwestern Riverside County

Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula

Turning to land at French Valley Airport

Perris, Riverside County, California

Casa Blanca, formerly known as Blanca, now an annexed neighborhood of Riverside

Riverside Municipal Airport

The Santa Ana River is rather full here

Ontario International Airport

I live in Ontario, CA as well, except this is Ontario, CA, USA

Ontario Mills along the I-15

Auto Club Speedway in Fontana

San Bernardino connected to Fontana with Rialto in the middle

San Bardardino History and Railroad Museum

Redlands Municipal Airport ahead

San Gorgonio Pass wind farm

There are a lot of windmills there (3,218 units operational) but not this close together!

View from Whitewater

View from Riverside County on the way to Palm Springs

Palm Springs in the Sonoran Desert of southern California

Cathedral City, flying over the Whitewater River

Palm Desert a bit further along the river, in California’s Coachella Valley

Water from the Colorado river keeps this desert oasis going via the 123-mile Coachella Canal

Twentynine Palms in San Bernardino County

Pinto Basin Road

Joshua Tree National Park

Desert park with geologic wonders & signature Joshua trees

The two pictures on the right are my own, first time I saw a Coyote

We have Coyotes up here (Ontario) as well, never seen them but you can hear them howl sometimes and warnings to look after your pets are common in late fall. Red foxes are easier to see. My wife had a staring contest with one just yesterday. He came up from the riverbank while she was gardening, prompting a serenade of ‘What does the fox say’

Flying back towards the coast over San Diego County, the landlocked Salton Sea on the horizon

San Diego River below

Approaching Gillespie Field, El Cajon

Riverview Farms, Winter Gardens

Landing at Miramar MCAS, home of TOPGUN (US Navy Fighter Weapons School) until 1996

Flying along Scripps Coastal Reserve

La Jolla Cove, popular with divers and seals

The Giant Dipper at Belmont Park

Who doesn’t love a good wooden rollercoaster

Sea world, can’t miss it. Flying by the high dive

San Diego International Airport

Visiting Downtown San Diego

Flying over San Diego Santa Fe Depot, W Broadway on the right

USS Midway Museum. The USS Midway is the longest-serving aircraft carrier in the 20th century (1945-1992) named after the Battle of Midway of June 1942. The ship missed WW2 by one week.

Too much ‘clutter’ on the deck to attempt a landing, a low pass will do, one plane does not belong

Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres. Convention Center behind along the shore

Hotel Del Coronado along Coronado Beach. The curved Coronado bridge connects the island

The world famous San Diego Zoo (opened 1916) in Balboa Park

Balboa Naval Medical Center visible behind

Murphy Canyon next to Qualcomm Stadium

SDCCU stadium opened in 1967 as San Diego Stadium, was known as Jack Murphy Stadium from 1981 to 1997, then Qualcomm Stadium until 2017. It closed 2019, being replaced with the new Aztec Stadium

It’s not half demolished in the game, half covered with trees, still fully standing

San Diego State University, nice amphitheatre

Chollas Lake Park next to Hwy 94

Crossing the Sweetwater river on the way to the border

International Gateway of the Americas, US-Mexico border crossing at the Tijuana river

Tijuana border city on the other side in Mexico

Gen Abelardo L Rodriguez International Airport in Tijuana along the border

Flying over Jacumba Wilderness Area while following the border inland

A long road with a fence marks the border

Acueducto Río Colorado Tijuana

Celexico International Airport next to Mexicali

Mexicali, the capital city of the state of Baja California in northern Mexico

Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Monumento La Ciudad que Capturó el Sol (“The city whose sky captured the sun”)

Vicente Guerrero Park on the right

Yuma, Arizona, Yuma Territorial Prison Park below

Ocean to Ocean Highway Bridge and a look at the accommodations inside the 1876 prison

Ligurta, Arizona

Barry M Goldwater Air Force Range

New Cornelia Mine at Ajo, Pima County, Arizona

Sonoyta, Sonora, Mexico

Rocky Point, Sonora, flying to the Gulf of California

But first back inland a bit to visit Reserva de la Biosfera El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar

Cráter El Elegante

Cerro Picacho del Diablo (10.157ft) the highest peak on the Baja California peninsula

Meling Ranch in Ensenada

Santo Domingo, Baja California, Mexico

Isla Duadalupe in the North Pacific Ocean

Where you can swim with sharks

Final stop today at Isla Natividad

Next leg, further into Mexico.

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Thanks for the great views! I don’t often get a chance to play during the daytime here, so I end up “chasing daylight” in other parts of the world. Maybe that will change in the summer. Gillespie Field is actually my local airport where I’d be taking lessons for real if I could, and Winter Gardens is where my wife grew up.

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Chasing daylight will be a problem for the last part of my trip, flying in my own timezone. Actually the shape of South America already pushes me into my own timezone reducing the daylight hours I can fly in. I’ll improvise.

It was the same problem when my wife and I played World of Warcraft. It is (or was) tied to real time day/night cycle. Since we only played in the evening I only know the game as the eternal nighttime world of warcraft.

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Leg 247, Isla Natividad, Baja California Sur to Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, México

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A very relaxing leg over a variety of desert and mountains. Mexico is a lot bigger than I previously though it was and I never really knew about the terrain apart from desert. There is a lot of desert, yet also plenty mountainous terrain.

04-25 Isla Natividad Airstrip MMBS 12:15 PM
04-25 Bahia Tortugas Airfield MMBI 12:21 PM
04-25 Bahia Asuncion Airstrip MMBH 12:39 PM
04-25 Rancho San Cristobal Airstrip MMEL 1:02 PM
04-25 Cadeje Airstrip MMMU 1:21 PM
04-25 Mulege MXNG 1:40 PM
04-25 Mulege MXNF 1:47 PM
04-25 Punta Chivato MXND 1:52 PM
04-25 San Marcos Airstrip MMST 1:56 PM
04-25 San Lucas Militaty Airstrip MMSR 2:01 PM
04-25 San Ignacio Downtown Airstrip CYD 2:18 PM
04-25 San Ignacio 1 MM26 2:20 PM
04-25 Vizcaino MMEE 2:31 PM
04-25 Rancho El Caracol Airfield MMEI 2:33 PM
04-25 El Barril MMVT 2:54 PM
2:39
04-25 El Barril MMVT 4:47 PM
04-25 Punta San Francisquito Airstrip MMSU 4:50 PM
04-25 Bahia de Kino MXCA 5:08 PM
04-25 Bahia de Kino MMBA 5:15 PM
04-25 El Socorro MMZN 5:30 PM
04-25 Sahuaripa MMSH 6:17 PM Bumpy Runway
04-25 Col Alamillo MXMC 6:47 PM
04-25 Bodegas Generales del Campo MMKD 7:10 PM
04-25 Campo Diez MMBP 7:15 PM
04-25 Gen Div P A Roberto Fierro Vil MMCU 7:33 PM
04-25 Santo Nino MXDG 7:50 PM
04-25 Minera La Perla MMHD 8:12 PM
04-25 Los Novillos MMHL 8:34 PM
04-25 Laguna Del Rey MM82 8:54 PM
04-25 Cuatro Cienegas New MM64 9:22 PM
04-25 Monclova Intl MMMV 9:34 PM
04-25 San Roberto MMLK 9:49 PM Virtual vision landing
04-25 San Manolo MMQJ 9:53 PM Virtual vision landing
04-25 La Pitaya MMRE 9:58 PM Drone cam landing
04-25 Quetzalcoatl Intl MMNL 10:22 PM

Flight time 8:14 33 stops

First getting back on the peninsula at La Lobera, La Lobera Baja California Sur

Bahia Tortugas Airfield

At Clambey

Mulegé Municipality

Salina el Cuarenta Seasonal Lake

Comondú Municipality

Very dry on Baja California peninsula

San Ignacio, a palm oasis town in Mulegé Municipality

Near Guillermo Prieto

El Barril on the Gulf of California

Isla Turón on the way to the mainland, crossing the Gulf of California

Bahia de Kino

Landing at El Socorro Airport, La Habana, Sonora

Hermosillo Municipality

Very sparse vegetation

Until Mazatán in the center of the Mexican state of Sonora

Villa Pesqueira Municipality

Soyopa Municipality

Sahuaripa

Sahuaripa Municipality

The mountains are getting more rugged in Madera Municipality

Gómez Farías Municipality, Chihuahua state

Chihuahua state

Chihuahua, capital of Chihuahua state

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Chihuahua can be found here

Palacio de Gobierno features beautiful artworks and the Grutas Nombre de Dios is a popular attraction

Santo Nino Airport

Camargo Municipality

Volcanic landscape at San Juan de las Maravillas

Jiménez Municipality

My night light is already out Ocampo Municipality

It will be dark soon, I’m heading east as well, accelerating the sunset

Cuatro Ciénegas Municipality, radiation fog appearing

Last glimpse of the sun, moving behind the mountain in a minute

Cuatro Cienegas in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila

Still bright enough to keep going

Flying out of Monclova next

San Manolo Airport

Nuevo Laredo on the banks of the Rio Grande, across from the American city of the same name

Final stop today, Quetzalcoatl International Airport

Reyes Meza Museum looks great in Nuevo Laredo and it’s free admission as well

Next leg, exploring the border area here, then south along the Gulf of Mexico

Leg 248, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, México via Texas, USA to Isla Socorro, México

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A couple more PG areas this leg in the border area in southern Texas, then a flight through central Mexico through the mountains and a couple mega cities.

04-26 Quetzalcoatl Intl MMNL 8:53 AM Laredo PG Area
04-26 Laredo Intl KLRD 9:14 AM
04-26 Santa Maria Ranch 0TE5 9:23 AM
04-26 Van Es Ranch 13TS 9:30 AM
04-26 Barronena Ranch 03TE 9:35 AM
04-26 Alice Intl KALI 9:50 AM
04-26 Old Hoppe Place 67T 9:55 AM
04-26 High Man Tower Airstrip TE62 10:00 AM
04-26 Corpus Christi Intl KCRP 10:05 AM Corpus Cristi PG Area
04-26 Corpus Christi Nas/Truax Field KNGP 10:23 AM
04-26 La Parra Ranch KSAL 10:34 AM
04-26 Armstrong Ranch 47TX 10:42 AM
04-26 Johnson T05 10:53 AM
04-26 Rancho Buena Vista TS94 11:02 AM
04-26 Port Isabel-Cameron Co KPIL 11:05 AM
04-26 Brownsville/South Padre Island KBRO 11:21 AM PG Area
04-26 Gen Servando Canales Intl MMMA 11:29 AM
04-26 Los Fresnos MM95 11:37 AM
2:44
04-26 Los Fresnos MM95 5:01 PM
04-26 Mc Allen Miller Intl KMFE 5:09 PM PG Area
04-26 Venecia MMHF 5:27 PM Narrow runway 32 knot winds
04-26 Potrerillos Airstrip MMGN 5:41 PM
04-26 Gen Mariano Escobedo Intl MMMY 6:00 PM
04-26 Plan De Guadalupe Intl MMIO 6:25 PM
04-26 Terminal MMDC 6:47 PM
04-26 Santa Ana de Vanegas MMMP 7:04 PM
04-26 Matehuala MM67 7:18 PM
04-26 Ponciano Arriaga Intl MMSP 7:49 PM
04-26 San Luis Potosi MXTE 7:54 PM
04-26 ■■■■■ Teran Intl MMAS 8:23 PM
04-26 Guayaberos MMJP 8:37 PM
04-26 Ramon Lopez Velarde MMTZ 8:44 PM
04-26 Chimaltitan Airstrip MMGK 8:57 PM
04-26 Tuxpan de Bolanos Airstrip MMGO 9:07 PM
04-26 Zoquipan Airstrip MMXB 9:22 PM
04-26 Jazmines de Coyultita Airstrip MMLJ 9:28 PM Short runway
04-26 Pista Aerea de Tuxpan MMUT 9:43 PM Virtual vision landing 73nm next
04-26 Isla Maria Madre MM40 10:11 PM 301nm next no wind data
04-27 Isla Socorro MM81 12:01 AM

Flight time 9:44 37 stops

Laredo Border Crossing / Puente Internacional Numero ll Juarez-Lincoln Nuevo Laredo in Laredo, Texas

Houston Park along Zacate Creek, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico across the Rio Grande

Laredo Medical Center close to the airport

Mall del Norte where the Imaginarium of South Texas is, hands on science museum for kids

Making a stop at Laredo International

Corpus Christi on the Gulf of Mexico

USS Lexington, WWII aircraft carrier & naval museum with airplanes (and trees…)

Downtown with Nueces County Courthouse from 1914 on the right

Corpus Christi Nas / Truax Field just past Ward Island

Over Kennedy County, Laguna Madre in the distance

Laguna Madre near Chubby Island

Arroyo Colorado (river)

Landing at Rancho Buena Vista

Brownsville, Resaca de la Palma National Battlefield below

Preserved site of the 1846 Mexican-American war battle

UTGRV Patron of the Arts next to Jacob Brown Auditorium

Flying over the original Fort Brown site (originally fort Texas)

Established in 1846, it was the first United States Army military outpost of the recently annexed state

Veterans International Bridge Los Tomates to Matamoros, Mexico

Hidalgo, another border town a bit further up the Rio Grande, opposite Reynosa, Mexico

Puente Internacional Reynosa-Hidalgo

Reynosa in the northern part of the state of Tamaulipas

Anzalduas International Bridge, a second border crossing on the west side of Hidalgo

Anzalduas Border Station looking towards Mexico

Heading into Mexico over Gustavo Díaz Ordaz Municipality

Potrerillos Airstrip

Sierra de Papagayos

Odd feature, there are more of the giant caterpillars lying across the landscape

Pueblo Nuevo, Ciudad Apodaca on the edge of Monterrey

Monterrey, capital of the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo León

Sprawling business and industrial center fringed by mountains, Relaciones laborales KCSM below

Ruta Viajera Park and Peep Lil Park at the major crossing

Santa Catareni connected to Monterrey, Reserva Natural Estatal Sierra Las Mitras below

Heading into the mountains over El Jonuco

Tall mountains in Santa Catarina Municipality

Near San José de Los Nuncios

Beautiful mountain range in Santa Catarina Municipality

Saltillo, the capital and largest city of the northeastern Mexican state of Coahuila

In the other direction, another huge city

Mexico City, Monterrey, and Saltillo are all connected by a major railroad and highway

Home to Museo de la Katrina, now I want to play Grim Fandango again!

Heading further Southwest over Saltillo Municipality

El Águila

Sagrado Corazon De ■■■■■ in Jalisco State

Guayaberos Airport

Landing at Chimaltitan Airstrip

Chimaltitán Municipality

Chimaltitán, Jalisco

Bolaños Municipality

La Yesca Municipality

Tutuyecuamama

Last glimpse of the sun before diving down to Zoquipan Airstrip

Jazmines de Coyultita Airstrip

Grande de Santiago River

Laguna de Agua Brava ahead on the North Pacific Ocean

Landing at Tuxpan

Pista Aerea de Tuxpan

Departing to head out over the Pacific Ocean

The full moon provides plenty light

On the way to Isla Maria Madre

Isla Maria Madre

Beautiful island, 50 km from the mainland

Isla María Magdalena on the horizon

Last stop today at Isla Socorro, much further out into the Pacific

Volcanic island & important seabird breeding ground

Landing at Isla Socorro Airport

Next leg, to the capital, Mexico City. Then on towards Belize and Guatemala

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Hi @SvenZ

I looked this one up for you causeI got curious too by your question.
This is what I found.
By the way, if you have the chance, go camping in the Outback!! It is amazing.

Ciao Mark

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