John & Anne Wiley

2014/11/10

Say Uncle

As we cleared the mountains near Redding, we had to say Uncle and stay at relatively high altitude. Everything is much clearer down lower where we like to fly (especially in the haze typically cloaking the central valley). But we were racing to a brief visit with one of my Uncles on our way to visit another, and higher = faster in many cases. We were covering 140 miles in an hour, rather than our typical lazy 100 or so down low. Although we saw many scenic wonders, the haze up there isn’t conducive to interesting pix. So the first I’ll share in this post is as we were taking off from Lakeport having missed Uncle #1 due to a text message mistake.

6831 Clear Lake

6831 Clear Lake

We haven’t seen him in a long time, so we really want to go back. But on this day after an hour waiting in vain at Lampson Field we zipped out to the East. Toward that end of Clear Lake is this little islet with a house that commands an expansive view of sunrise over the water.

6841 Rising Sun Setting

6841 Rising Sun Setting

As for us, just as sunset was approaching we landed at Marysville for a visit with my other uncle. Flooded fields punctuated the dust plain here and there as the distant Buttes stood witness in the haze.

6860 Fields & Buttes

6860 Fields & Buttes

As we took off the next morning after a surprise visit with family, I snapped my Uncle and Cousin watching us circle back overhead going South just after they finished waving.

6883 Fond Farewell

6883 Fond Farewell

It’s a special feeling, being with people you love who have known you all your life. Especially those who share my tradition of waving farewell.

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