Day 11, Leg 1: the Grand Tetons and eastbound

Beautiful photographic tour of the west as 7CF continues eastbound.

Mooney Seven Charlie Foxtrot

Jackson Lake and the Grand Tetons Jackson Lake and the Grand Tetons

We woke up early today, excited for a big day of flying, but also a little disappointed that the trip is coming to a close — we’ll cross the Continental Divide a final time, trading the mountains of the Northwest for the plains as we head east.  Our stop for tonight is Kalamazoo, Michigan (KAZO), where Jean-Baptiste’s girlfriend Bri is interning at Zoetis for the summer, and is just under 1,200 nm as the crow flies.  Although we originally planned a northerly route, overflying Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park, a cold front is running east-west through South Dakota, and the entire area is IFR with embedded thunderstorms.  We decide to detour to the south a bit, and plan a route to the Western Nebraska Regional Airport (KBFF) in Scottsbluff for a quick-turn fuel stop.

With the plane packed, we run into West Yellowstone for…

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