The magnificent slot canyons have been on our wish list for a long time; when we flew out West last year, they were closed, due to the pandemic. We were able to get tickets and fly there in our Piper Twin Comanche (Sept. 2021). We felt so fortunate to visit Upper Antelope Canyon, Lower Antelope Canyon, and Waterhole Canyon. All are beautiful but Waterhole Canyon is not famous, and thus, less crowded, but every bit as stunning. We loved visiting nearby Moenave Formation with its dozens of dinosaur tracks. Other hikes — Toadstool Trail (Escalante) and Hanging Gardens (Page, AZ) were excellent and rewarding.
Bryce Canyon is stunning from the air, from the rim, and from the canyon floor. The red color of the hoodoo formations is gorgeous against blue sky.
It was a rush for Pilot Bob to land N8475Y at Monument Valley Airport — pilots land on a short-ish runway (at elevation of 5200′) into a giant wall of rock. The formations at Monument Valley are enormous and stunning, not to mention the ancient Anasazi petroglyphs!
The long cross-country flights gave us an opportunity to enjoy the diverse topography of our great nation … from the rolling hills of Virginia, to the bread-basket of the Midwest, to dramatic vistas of the West. And we enjoyed what was perhaps the best brisket we’ve ever eaten in Topeka, Kansas. Fuel stops included French Lick, Indiana, the Ozarks and Taos, New Mexico … where we saw coyotes next to the runway. General aviation folks all along the way were friendly and helpful — a great community!
Bob’s short video is below, along with some of our favorite snapshots — it’s hard to take a bad photo in these beautiful places! Click on any photo to start a slideshow. Thanks for looking!