Ride along on my birthday flight this month, to visit the 1908 El Garces Hotel “Harvey House” under restoration in Needles, California.
Along the way we took aerial shots of the surrounding Mojave Desert, the adjacent Colorado River dividing Arizona and California, the Topock Gorge, and prehistoric Mystic Maze (also known as Topock Maze), best viewed from aloft.
True, desert Needles isn’t everyone’s idea of paradise, but we had a blast!
©2013 Gregory N. Brown
This column first appeared in AOPA Flight Training magazine.
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