By Ted Grussing
I waited a while to take off this morning to give time for the clouds to begin to form and then it was off to the peaks and Lockett Meadow. As soon as I climbed above the rim of the Colorado Plateau I knew that I might have a real treat waiting for me as there was a lot of snow on the peaks. Winds aloft were pretty high giving me a ground track ranging in the high 30 to low 40 kt range so it took a while to get there. The direction of and velocity of the winds also made it unlikely I would get to do much flying inside the caldera of the peaks and for sure I would not be flying on the west side of the peaks … that donut hole in the cloud beyond Agassiz Peak indicates it would not be a fun place to be … nasty rotors.