John & Anne Wiley

2011/05/25

Finally Flying

The weather moved just far enough out of our path that we got to Chicago today. Taking off out of Ithaca we looked back at the town beyond the tip of its “finger lake,” Cayuga.

0488 Ithaca

0488 Ithaca

We dodged a few small storms and managed to stay dry, taking in the many splendors of this route and noting the ever-increasing levels of smog as we neared Cleveland but still managed to get some pics of it that I like. Beautiful city.

0535 Cleveland

0535 Cleveland

Having waited later than hoped to wait for passing weather, we decided not to make our planned stop for a break here but instead flew on. The smog seemed to peak near Gary, ID where we saw a collection of smokestacks like these making major contributions to the eye-burning pall.

0561 Gary, ID

0561 Gary, ID

This edited pic is slightly enhanced for contrast, but there was so little of that I had to manually focus the camera before it would snap. I’m glad we were flying above the worst of it and not living there to breathe a lifetime of it. So sad to see such a beautiful lakeshore obscured by pollution. Looking straight down from lower altitude a few miles further this pic of an old dam was easier to improve.

0564 Small Dam

0564 Small Dam

I was fascinated by the tower, and the way log jams had lodged along the spillway. Parts of the long flight were bumpy, so we were pretty tired by the time we landed in the outskirts of Chicago and got a hotel near the airport. Tomorrow we ride the train in to check out the city!

0766 Chicago Burb Landing

0766 Chicago Burb Landing

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