John & Anne Wiley

2011/09/21

Pain & Gain

Today I’m sitting in our living room looking at the magnificent Santa Barbara “front range” mountains, and the towering thunderstorm safely beyond them in the Northeast. It’s painful to look at good flying weather when there’s no chance we’ll take Tripp and go exploring. A lesser level of pain for me right now is the physical discomfort from dental surgery this morning. Though there is considerable pain involved in the expense because that translates to many joyful hours of flying that the dental surgery could have paid for.

A big gain from this surgery, beyond long-term prospects for dental health, is that I now have some time to post the last batch of pix from our Smiley Adventure. First of these last is this one of the dunes as we approached Florence, OR.

5280 Slanted Cordouroy Dunes

5280 Slanted Cordouroy Dunes

I’m intrigued by the pattern of dune grasses that are angled from the shore. Guess it has something to do with prevailing winds and waves. Toward the right it seems to morph into a crosshatch pattern with indications of the angled pattern and one parallel to the beach.

After we turned at Gold Beach to follow the Rogue River to Grants Pass, there were several calm sandy beaches where rafters were bedding down in the evening light.

5502 Rogue River Raft Rest

5502 Rogue River Raft Rest

There’s something romantic about this scene for me imagining fireside stories, that distant stare when the group falls into silent reverie, and later dreaming under the stars like countless generations before. In places the river was uniquely transcendent art from this perspective.

5542 Rogue Artist

5542 Rogue Artist

As we began the landing approach, this little lake had me wondering what kinds of vehicles go there (motorcycles?), and whether visitors just zoom by or perhaps most go on foot to camp or fish.

5577 Airport Neighbor

5577 Airport Neighbor

The next day on our way back out to the Southwest hoping for less coastal low cloud, we got more river views that I’m enjoying again today. Like this one that at first glance looks wild.

5617 Nature of Tame

5617 Nature of Tame

After imagining Tom Sawyer exploring that wild island, perhaps you notice the mowed lawn at the left. Then your mind may begin to wonder what all this looks like after periods of unusually long and heavy rain. Like a tooth you had been taking for granted, such a scene could turn suddenly painful. But as we again glance down at a river such thoughts inevitably return to all we’ve gained from forces of nature and fate over the eons.

5638 Reflecting

5638 Reflecting

In the deep pools I reflect on the surges of water that carved them out, and the flood of photos that represent a tiny slice of the glories we see on a flying adventure. Just as the depths would be obscured by raging water, serene clarity emerges as I sit enjoying these photos. I feel more here, and at the same time am more prone to drift back into sweet memories or forward into dreams of another adventure.

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2011/09/18

Rain & Shine

Years spent in the Pacific Northwest brought many joys and indelible memories. One is the epiphany of sunshine. After months of gray and days of drizzle that seemed endless, clouds would open onto brilliant blue sky beyond words. It’s not just the Absolute Clear air, the dewy green fresh smelling forest. Nor the warm rays liberating the spirit of steam from soggy shapes, glinting on pristine waters, and promising to bring color back to all life, including our sheltered skin. Sunshine after months of drear is a transcendent moment beyond description for the hardy souls who Winter there. I felt whispers of that bright moment flying the Oregon coast. Not when leaving Portland for Grants Pass via the coast and noting with disappointment the low clouds that kept us high and onshore at Lincoln City.

5194 Bad News

5194 Bad News

Even though this coastal cling had shown on the satellite before takeoff, I’d been hoping it might clear by the time we got there. Rather than return inland for our flight we decided to carry on, skirting the edge in case there might be a break somewhere along our route to Gold Beach where we’d follow the river inland. I was content to take in scenes like this that would have been missed.

5198 Blue Button

5198 Blue Button

What’s more fun than a giant blue button in a collage of shapes and colors? Maybe by taking notice of that as we flew the edge, a window opened back into my past in this region. Whatever the reasons, when the clouds did open up around Stonefield Beach we dipped down offshore and I felt that old magic of a Seattle sunny day.

5209 Sunshine Moment

5209 Sunshine Moment

As if on cue, a splash of sunlight penetrated an opening in the blowing clouds further offshore to highlight this cave where people have sometimes sat over the ages. In that moment, centuries ago, I was there contemplatively listening to the surf as a large bird slid across the sky, lifting my heart. Though we’ve driven it several times and even flown it before, this stretch of coast was all new for us after the gloom opened to reveal it to us afresh.

5210 New Shore

5210 New Shore

It seemed created for us in this moment, humming slowly and quietly along in our magic bubble. We passed a young couple alone on a wide beach, oblivious in their moment to our delight in discovered nostalgia for a place we have never truly been. An exhilaration akin to sun after rain, and dreams of free flight. There’s no place like Now.

5218 Moment In The Sun

5218 Moment In The Sun

2011/09/17

Patterned Paintings

Filed under: Aviation,by Anne,Flying,Has Photos,Smiley Adventure — Anne @ 07:17

As John was flying May around her hometown of Portland and vicinity, I noticed lovely patterns from my side, and liked the diverse angles on this one.   Are the pattens planned, I wondered?  Do the farmers have an eye to the sky?  Do they consciously plant intriguing designs?  Or does the magic of the overview from up high sort the rows and furrows to create a patterned painting?

0815 Patterms from the air

0815 Patterms from the air

This one was planted with more symmetry – and portrays proverbial greener pastures around a golden center.

0836 Greener pastures

0836 Greener pastures

~by Anne

2011/09/16

Punk Island

After our delicious tour of Seattle we turned South toward Olympia to meet a dear friend in Yelm. Along the way Mount Rainier danced with a cloud veil, reminding me of the way I like to pronounce its name.

4902 Cloud Dance

4902 Cloud Dance

So in a clear area we climbed above the cloud layer for a better look. In case you didn’t get it, I say Rainy-er because living in Seattle you seldom see this magnificent peak because it’s so much rainier than other places I’ve lived.

4893 Rainier

4893 Rainier

After the brief flight to Olympia we decided to take our friend on the easy ride out to Hoquiam, and climbing out after takeoff we got some nice views of the state capitol.

4905 Olympia

4905 Olympia

The complex has some interesting buildings, and we’d like to tour the area sometime.

4906 Olympia Capitol Mall

4906 Olympia Capitol Mall

While there were some beautiful and interesting sights along the way, the one that stands out for me is the little islet in the bay with a green punk hairdo.

4924 Punk Island

4924 Punk Island

It’s just too quirky for words. What could possibly have created this freak of nature, and why isn’t it world famous?

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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