Note: I found this draft post from April 2015 on my blog, and decided I ought to finish it. I seem to remember I was trying to pin down the exact location of one of the photos. Oh well.
I was on travel the past week [note, actually 13-17 April 2015], and saw some interesting things from the window seat.
I saw the very pretty Lake Belton in central Texas, followed shortly by downtown Austin.
I was astounded at the amount of mining going on between Austin and San Antonio. I went hiking at a park west of San Antonio a couple years ago, and passed several mining operations, and saw more from the air flying in and out.
One facility right outside one of these mines caught my eye. The Bexar Concrete facility had a lot of what looked like tubes outside it, but on closer Google Maps examination, I think the “tubes” are highway overpass beams.
On Wednesday I flew from SAT to PHX. I was astounded by the number of oil facilities along the way. I’ve seen some of those when flying from DFW to SAN, but the sheer number are amazing.
I also saw the very dense King Mountain Wind Farm. King Mountain looks to me more like a mesa.
We continued north of PHX towards SLC. Over Williams, I saw a sun reflection off a track track, it was very cool.
I had high expectations of seeing Grand Canyon shortly thereafter. It was clear, and the network of canyons to the south of Grand Canyon (Havasu Creek) was clearly visible.
[This, BTW, is what led me to not completing this post. I was trying to identify this odd structure that I thought was right on the Canyon rim.]
Right after the picture of Havasu Creek, we ran over clouds that blanketed Grand Canyon. Very annoying. I thought the structure above was right on the north rim, but today, I did a little dead reckoning using time instead of airspeed, and that analysis placed that structure near Jacob Lake.
Next I started looking for some structures that I thought to be near Bryce Canyon, but again I had no luck finding the exact location.
For the return from SLC to OKC (via DFW), I was lucky enough to get a great shot of Philmonts Baldy Mountain, and a canyon between there and DFW.
I’ll keep looking for the stuff near Grand Canyon, I really want to find it.