John & Anne Wiley

2011/09/15

Seattle Anew

Having lived in Seattle area for brief periods, I enjoyed flying it on our way from Renton to Yelm. Since my co-pilot lived there for 14 years, it was even more fun! Right after takeoff we could see a glorious Pacific Northwest panorama, and here’s a small slice.

4593 Renton Takeoff

4593 Renton Takeoff

This little tour before turning South toward Yelm was spectacular, and only took a few minutes. Turning first out toward Snoqualmie, this suspension bridge near Carnation stood out.

4649 Suspension Bridge

4649 Suspension Bridge

Like an old friend, Mount Si stood up to greet us across the valley, scratching clouds off it’s sleepy head.

4761 Mt. Si

4761 Mt. Si

Our first time seeing majestic Snoqualmie Falls from the air was stunning, leaving us literally speechless at first. Having seen it from the top and bottom in the past made it all the more remarkable, as we could almost feel the mist and the rumble.

4784 Snoqualmie Falls

4784 Snoqualmie Falls

After many scenic wonders we turned West and snagged good views of the downtown skyline, like this angle on the Space Needle and its shiny new Frank Gehry companion.

4854 Needle & Friends

4854 Needle & Friends

When we reached the Sound this view back toward the city had so many familiar landmarks it was almost overwhelming, even tho in this pic it might seem surprising that it was so fun for us. Too much detail maybe? Perhaps in a wall-size print? Or only for Seattleites in an airplane?

4875 Seattle

4875 Seattle

For us the downtown was close enough to touch, and the haze from the distant fire was completely invisible. All our eyes could take in was the glory of a day with blue sky, after living under months of cloud.

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