By John Wiley
Hoping to avoid fires and storms, we ended up dodging both on our Summer holiday flight to Calgary. The day we flew from Renton to Calgary was like the prior two from Santa Barbara, as we started South to climb through clouds. East of the Cascades the clouds and smoke thinned enough to enjoy prairie sights.
We had to take an ESE route through the Rockies, where snow lingered near fire and rain. We landed in Missoula to rest and feed our bird, and noticed Neptune firefighting planes that may have helped with the Thomas Fire. More prairie sights followed, as we cleared the Rockies and finally turned North. At last reaching Okotoks we met up with a dear pilot friend we met in SB who moved his
family to Boston, and climbed on the erratics there.
We celebrated 7/4 with our daughter and delightful granddaughter, who makes even a simple shopping trip into a family holiday.