The landscapes always change and always are magnificent in different ways.
We've taken off over the icy inlet and are looking back at Anchorage at close to the shortest day of the year. It's almost 11 am with a heavy cloud cover.
Our plane was delayed about 45 minutes for some mechanical issue. We weren't concerned because we had 90 minutes between flights, but the lady behind us had only an hour to catch her flight Reykjavik and now was down to 15 minutes and we hadn't left yet. And there was a group of people trying to catch a flight to Denver.
Here we're looking down at the pattern of snow and trees in the Pt. McKenzie area. All these pictures are much sharper if you click on them.
And now, after seeing nothing below us but clouds all the way, we see the Olympic Range as we near Seattle.
We made a long southern loop over Tacoma and came back to land from the south. Here's part of the Sound at about 3pm.
And no matter how many times you see Mt. Rainer, it's stunning. Even on a cloudy day.
In the end, we made up time in the air, and I think everyone was ok, though we got to our connection as it was boarding.
And then we watched the sun set for a while as we neared LA. That's part of the wing in the foreground.
Watching the world from the air makes me understand it much differently than I do when I'm on the ground.