John & Anne Wiley

2016/08/27

SBA High

Usually at SBA we’re low, either taking off or landing. So there higher views are a nice change.

1260 SBA High

1260 SBA High

It was great having a brief break from the smoke, which happily was hanging in that thick layer far to the West. Looking back toward the North, our hills were fairly clear too.

1262 Fairly Clear

1262 Fairly Clear

All the brown grass patches and the lack of green in the chaparral are pretty scary though, especially with the Rey Fire burning just on the other side of this “front range” of Santa Ynez Mountains. Looking to the northwest you could see the thinner layer of smoke from there, that had managed to slip over the pass and cling to the shoulders of our mountains.

1258 Thin Smoke Veil

1258 Thin Smoke Veil

We still love flying here, but are dearly hoping this Winter brings at least normal rainfall so we can see more green and waterfalls again.

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