La Ventana Mesa

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West of the Rio Puerco, near Mt Taylor is La Ventana Mesa with a maze of canyons connected by windows eroded in the sandstone. I first "discovered" these windows about a year ago in September 2016. When I overlayed my GPS track over topo maps, I saw I flew over La Ventana Mesa. Ventana means Window in spanish, so it became clear I was not the first to see these intricate formations. I brought my flying buddy Paul up here on a perfect calm wind morning to check them out, and we even found a 4th window hidden in a back corner that I had not known existed before. After the window flight we took advantage of the calm winds to overfly the summit of Mt Taylor, and its wide deep caldera. On the way back home to Belen we flew past the Paguate ruins and the Grand Canyon of the Rio San Jose. It was a fantastic flight. More details can be found in my flight log http://www.jeffsflightlog.com/2017/2017_06_19_la_ventana.pdf

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  • Larry  Mednick
    by Larry Mednick 5 months ago
    4:52 another great example of a great landing with full bar out and continuing to fly the nose wheel in obvious mid day air with plenty of convection. Well Done Jeff!
  • Frank Dempsey
    by Frank Dempsey 5 months ago
    Nice video Jeff. Looks like you guys have a vertical mount to drop the GoPro down. How did you do that. Guess I'll see you at Angel Fire next week and find out.
  • roger larson
    by roger larson 5 months ago
    Great area to fly. What actual speed ranges are you capable of with that wing. What speeds do you like to fly at for the major part of your flights?
  • Rizwan Bukhari
    by Rizwan Bukhari 5 months ago
    Jeff, like always, enjoyed your video. You fly is some of the most unique terrain.
  • jeff trike
    by jeff trike 5 months ago
    Thanks Larry. I always try to milk the glide for as long as possible before setting down.

    Frank, I had to get a special mount for the case. I'll show you at Angel Fire.

    Roger, I fly between 50 and 60 mph. Usually 60 when it is kinda tricky near terrain.

    Riz, looking for weird terrain is one of more enjoyable aspects of trike flying for me.
  • John Smith
    by John Smith 4 months ago
    Jeff, can you tell me the name of the song? The music really enhanced an already spectacular video!
  • jeff trike
    by jeff trike 4 months ago
    The songs are called "Meridian (day)" and "Meridian (night)" from a video game called Horizon Zero Dawn. You can find the songs on YouTube.

    Half my videos have video game soundtracks. The other half are from movies.
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