John & Anne Wiley

2014/04/28

Air Power

That little cloud above Cheyenne Mountain near Pike’s Peak gives pilots a glimpse of the power air can contain. An updraft created that lovely cloud over the mountain, and this was on the relatively calm day we first flew across the Rockies. Somewhere beneath that mountain is NORAD, wielding another sort of power (nukes).

0581 Air Power

0581 Air Power

Today the winds are at least twice as powerful, so we’re exploring the region by car: Boulder today with Maddie aka Queen of Goats, and last night our beloved PCQ & Marra hosted us for a delicious dinner in their designer digs.

202959 PCQ & ML

202959 PCQ & ML

But back on that day we arrived, we also flew over the US Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs where we saw this stadium.

0486 USAF Stadium

0486 USAF Stadium

Nearby (by air) is this fascinating formation we’re told is called Garden Of The Gods.

0573 Garden

0573 Garden

But nearer still to the stadium is the iconic USAF chapel that from this angle looks like some sort of giant white room heater.

0600 USAF Chapel

0600 USAF Chapel

Also close by is an airport any pilot could love, with several runways including that inviting green rectangle that contains four lovely grass runways. This is the birthplace of many a great pilot.

0492 KAFF Airport

0492 KAFF Airport

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