For some reason, Delta Airlines takes you from Manchester, NH to Seattle via Atlanta. On the second plane of the day, I had a window seat unexpectedly as there was an equipment change on our flight; instead of 3 and 3 seating with Fritz and me in aisle and middle seats, we found ourselves on a big -- REALLY big -- trans-Atlantic plane with 2, 3 and 2 seating. We had a lot more room, with aisle and window seats. I got my camera out and took some shots of US topography as we headed across the South, mid-West and Northwest.
As we took off from Atlanta we reached the sudden break between the dense humidity over Georgia and the cold, dry air above. Looking like nothing so much as an iceberg with the majority of its mass underwater, this cloud was caught between the two.
Alabama: a classic meandering river forms a perfect S fed by many streams
Kansas: the geometry of agriculture in the mid-west.
Wyoming: a trail whip-lashes its way through a dry river bed
Idaho: Erosion patterns like gigantic ferns laid down on the high desert.
Western Washington: Hills begin to rise up with greenery holding on wherever moisture is contained.
In Seattle we changed planes again and flew to Sitka for a total of 16 hours of travel, 11 of it in the air.
We woke this morning to this view from our hotel, just after dawn looking east south east. We spent today exploring the Russian origins and heritage of Alaska in this neat and friendly town aka New Archangel when it was the seat of Russian government and the Orthodox religion from Siberia to northern California.
Tomorrow we begin a cruise through the Inside Passage that will end in Petersburg, on a small ship of 29 passengers total, the same boat on which we sailed the Snake and Columbia Rivers last year.