The Airliner Chronicles: ONT to PDX

Today, I flew on Alaska Airlines from ONT to PDX. I had a window seat on the right side of the plane. If you are geologically inclined, or a fan of natural landmarks of California and Oregon, you will want to do this too at some point.

Here’s why:

The San Andreas Fault. (I was even able to see the infamous Palmdale Roadcut through the zoom of my camera, but the actual photo turned out blurry.)The Garlock Fault.

The Sierra Nevada. I’m about 75% sure that the serrated-looking mountain two thirds of the way to the top and two thirds of the way to the right is Mt. Whitney.Yosemite. Mono Lake. We also flew past Long Valley Caldera, but it was enough in the distance that the photos of it ended up too washed out to make it clear what it was. Pity.

Lake Tahoe. And then we got into the Cascades. Shasta was visible out the left side of the plane. I could see it past people’s heads, but I didn’t take a picture because that would’ve been very awkward. Not to mention difficult to frame. There were also a few smaller volcanic-looking features out the right side of the plane before we got into the big stuff.

Three Sisters. Mt. Jefferson. Clouds, you’re cramping my style. Mt. Hood, barely. And Mt. Adams, even more just barely. I imagine Mt. St. Helens would’ve also been visible if it hadn’t been cloudy. Or if it hadn’t blown half of itself into oblivion in 1980, but yeah.

And all of that in the span of two hours! You want to book this flight now, don’t you?



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One Response to The Airliner Chronicles: ONT to PDX

  1. Kevin says:

    Those pictures are awesome! Is the Garlock fault in the gorge, or does it run along the bottom of the mountain range?

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