Aerial Photography - Silver Star and Vernon
There was a bit of nervous laughter going on when I met Robin at the small airport in Vernon. Both of us had previously been on small aircrafts before but it had been a while so we were both admitting to having a bit of adrenaline going through our system this morning. Our pilot Rhys warmly greeted us. I hope I won't offend Rhys here but he is an older gentleman. However, I quickly noticed how he looked to be in great shape so I figured that we would be in good hands. Rhys is indeed a seasoned pilot and with confidence took off in our '76 Cessna 192 for our flight to Silver Star Mountain.
Robin instructed me that we had to document the ski runs at Silver Star as they are working on a new trail map. An artist in Colorado will be using the photos and will be hand painting a new map from scratch. We had hoped for slightly better weather but it wasn't bad at all. We had few bumpy moments crossing over the summit at around 6000 feet.
I have know Robin for close to twenty years now as were colleagues at Silver Star Mountain for a number of years. We were just having a great old time going on this adventure. Boys will be boys. One thing is to be on a commercial flight but this is quite different. It was great to see our hometown from above at a much slower speed that your usual 737. We flew right over my own sub division, which is on route to Silver Star and on the way back we flew in via the Lumby Valley crossing Middleton Mountain giving us a great view of the Kalamalka Lake and the city.