Whenever I fly, I like to take photos out the window, and try to find out exactly where I am.
My most recent flight started out cloudy.
Somewhere over Northern Ontario, the clouds finally broke, and I saw this lake.
It kind of looked familiar. Then I realized it’s Kaby Lake, where I had spent several fishing vacations. I recognized many of the islands and bays and my favorite fishing spots for walleye and pike.
Kaby Lake is in the Algoma district, North of Superior. This is fairly remote country, and this is a “fly in” lake.
Shortly after, I saw White lake, directly below me.
White Lake is located off the TransCanada Highway, between White River and Marathon.
Furuther along, at first I thought this was a river. Then I realized it’s Long Lake, located Northeast of Thunder Bay.
Long Lake is about 100 kilometers long. The little island on the left side of the lake is a good frame of reference for the map.
Northeast of Thunder Bay, Lake Nipigon is quite large. Approximately 60 km x 80 km in size, it’s amazing that most of it fits within the airplane window.
Right smack in the middle of the lake I saw there tracks going between islands.
I have no idea what these are. They seem a bit remote to be snow-mobile tracks. (And why would snowmobile not go in a straight line?).
Maybe it’s critters (wolves, or moose?) Either way, whoever made these tracks put a lot of work into making them, to be visible from 38,000 feet.
Further along, this is a farm somewhere over Manitoba.
I can’t imagine a more God-Forsaken place to live in January…
…except maybe THIS place (somewhere in Saskatchewan).
If that doesn’t look cold, I dont’ know what does.
Landing in Calgary, the table-top flatness of the prairies was quite prominent.
Of course, the most scenic part of the flight (over the Rocky Mountains) it was cloudy.
Every time I fly over the Rockies, it’s cloudy. Every time.
Though the clouds broke long enough to allow me to see SilverStar Ski Resort near Kelowna.
If you zoom in, you can see some of the chairlift towers and snow fences, if you know where to look.