I flew back home from Salt Lake City on 04 April 2010, via DFW. Saw some pretty neat things.
As we left SLC to the south, we flew back west, then north, then between Salt Lake City and Prov0, then turned back to the SE. I had an indistinct view of the copper mine southwest of SLC. The big copper smelter got a good look:
This is a pond used to hold tailings runoff. Note the distinct copper-blue color.
It’s hard to tell through the clouds, but that’s Hill Air Force Base in Provo, UT.
After we flew over the Wasatch, I saw this lake. It took some Googling, but this is East Canyon Reservoir and State Park, UT.
We flew over the Unitas Range in Utah. This mountain range is distinctive in that it is the only range in North America that runs west to east. I was astounded by the sheer amount of snow! These are some pretty tall and very rugged mountains, but they were almost completely obscured by huge snows.
This extremely rugged area features Mt Agassiz to the bottom of the picture.
I have not been able to find any names, but from a bit of Googling, these mountains are the home of Upper Ottoson Lake and Lower Ottoson Lake.
We flew for a while with clouds obsuring the gound. After a bit, I got a view of the ground, and saw this. It is Lake County Airport. The town of Leadville, CO is off to the upper left of the photo.
One thing that is cool about this airport. It is at roughly 9600ft. Off to the south end of the runway, the terrain drops off about 500ft. Hope you’ve got airspeed…
Just a bit farther on, we had a great view of Pikes Peak.
Just a bit farther on, we crossed the Front Range area. This is the Canon City, CO, looking east.
I saw this structure just a minute later. From a bit of map reading, it turns out that this is the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX), i.e. a “supermax” prison, in Florence, Colorado. Looks quite cheerless.
This is a nice view along the Arkansas River in the Colorado plain. The facilities are cement mines or manufacturers.
This is Pikes Peak and Cheyenne Mountain again, from the south.
Again in the theme of cement, this facility is just south of Pueblo, CO. I did a lot of web scouring with no luck; Google shows the facility, but it is clearly under construction. I sent the photo to the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, and a very helpful reply came back a couple days later that it looked like the new Grupo Cementos cement plant. That led to an annual report, which included a photo of a facility that looked a lot like the shot I took. So, I call it a state-of-the-art cement plant that feeds on limestone. There is a pit to the NW that is on “Lime Road”.
We flew southwest for a while. I was on the left side of the airplane. Philmont and the Sangre de Cristos were off to the right.
We overflew the Oklahoma Panhandle, then into the Texas Panhandle. This is Boise City, OK.
Just southeast of Boise City, I saw these two groups of wind generators. I am utterly fascinated by these. My very cute and long-suffering roommate has been subjected to several episodes of driving to wind farms just to watch them. The little town in the distance is Texhoma, TX.
This is Shamrock, TX. I barely looked out the window in time to get the camera fired up.
This is Mangum, OK, in the southwestern part of the state.
The quality here isn’t really good, but this is Lake Altus and Quartz Mountain State Park in southwestern OK. I’ve been camping there, and hiked and rock climbed all over it.
This is Altus, OK, and then a closeup of Altus Air Force Base. I’ve been down here twice to see the Shuttle on a refueling stop.
After we landed at DFW, I got on another Super 80 for OKC. This is the Dolese crushed-limestone quarry that is on the northern edge of the Arbuckle Mountains in south-central Oklahoma.
We also overflew the National Weather Center on the OU Norman campus.
This is the Native American Museum on the banks of the Oklahoma River southeast of downtown Oklahoma City.
I have another shot of the museum from a previous trip, and you can see that some progress is being made in construction.
Finally, we flew a little farther north over Oklahoma City, and so we got a good view of the Zoo, part of Remington Park, and the National Softball Hall of Fame.