I have an idea of the timing of my trip, and it starts after I log a few hours of practice on my plane (and in the simulator).
I took the Cessna out for another virtual flight, looking for something familiar (and interesting -- there's only so much prairie landscape one can look at after all!) My plan is to head out Friday morning towards the mountains, and visit Jasper for a few days. There is a small airstrip near town, and it should be a flight of about 2 hours. It will involve some more prairie flying but will also bring me into the mountains (where I'll spend a few weeks noodling around visiting various towns in British Columbia.)
Alberta, though, has a kind of beauty in its vastness, and I struck out for another test flight westward. I was looking for an airfield closer to where we used to camp when I was a kid, a small area at the base of the Rockies, spotted with a rolling almost-mountains landscape. I found a small airstrip North of that, and I'll set out on the next leg to fly over our old campsites and fishing lakes. In the meantime, a flight of just over an hour Southwest brought me to some higher elevations and a lot of interesting forested terrain with the mountains looming just off at the horizon.
This was a basic flight with a lot of altitude adjustment. As I flew closer to the mountains the land elevation soon crossed up too close to my cruising altitude. During the last 15 minutes of the flight I found myself trying to gain elevation to avoid the proximity warnings.
In the end, however, a successful landing on a dirt airstrip out in some industrial part of the province. Nothing but me, a virtual plane, and some digital trees.
I'll venture onward from the middle of nowhere soon.