Crossing USA Border, Flying Home from Mexico (GLL, MMML, KCXL, KPAO)

Charlie, Marji, John were in Baja California 15-17 February. Our pilot was Charlie Jackson, Sun Labs’ Webmaster. Our  Cessna 182 Skylane II was one of four private planes on the trip from the Shoreline Flying Club. See the following blog entries for more:

Flying home again took a full day – leaving Mulege shortly after sunrise and arriving in Palo Alto at sunset. We got fuel and checked out with Mexican customs in Mexicali, then flew 9 miles north across the US border to check in at Calexico. The Calexico airport is directly on the US-Mexico border fence. We were treated with a great deal more dignity and respect by US Customs arriving in a General Aviation plane than I have ever been treated by the TSA on a commercial flight.

Our flying buddy was Radu but even though his plane took off first, it was much smaller than ours, so we lost track of him after Mexicali. All four planes got home safe. We were first back, two more arrived that night, and Radu got home the next day.

Photos were taken with a Nikon CoolPix S510 camera with an 8G SDHC photo card. We ran the photos through a filter to reduce some of the haze resulting from taking photos through a window. The filter produced some oddly intense colors.

Radu and Kitty Before Takeoff

Radu and Kitty Before Takeoff in Mulege, Baja Mexico photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Loading our plane

Loading our plane in Mulege, Baja Mexico photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Radu Takes Off

Radu Takes Off in Mulege, Baja Mexico photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Charlie Jackson, Pilot

Charlie Jackson, Pilot photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

John Plocher, Copilot

John Plocher, Copilot photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Sea of Cortez Islands

Sea of Cortez Islands, Baja Mexico photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

River

River, Baja Mexico photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Baja Coast

Baja Coast, Mexico photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Landing at Mexicali

Landing at Mexicali, Mexico photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Fuel Stop at Mexicali, Mexico

Fuel Stop at Mexicali, Mexico photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Flying Along USA-Mexico Border

Flying Along USA-Mexico Border near Calexico photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

USA-Mexico Border

USA-Mexico Border near Calexico photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Flying Over USA-Mexico Border

Flying Over USA-Mexico Border photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

USA-Mexico Border Fence

USA-Mexico Border Fence near Calexico photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Calexico Airport, USA

Calexico Airport, USA photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Plane Food, Calexico

Plane Food, Calexico photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home, American Flag, Calexico photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Calexico Cropdusters

Cropdusters, Calexico Airport, USA photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

US-Mexico Border Fence

US-Mexico Border Fence photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

No Man’s Land Between Fences

No Man's Land US-Mexico Border Fence photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Red Pavement Ants

Red Pavement Ants, Calexico photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Southern California Mountains

Southern California Mountains photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Snowy Mountain

Snowy Mountain, Southern California photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Windmill Farm, Southern California

Windmill Farm, Southern California photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Racing the Sunset

Racing the Sunset photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Charlie Home Safe, Palo Alto

Charlie Home Safe, Palo Alto California photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Parking the Plane at KPAO

Parking the Plane at KPAO, Palo Alto California photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Images Copyright 2008 by Katy Dickinson and John Plocher

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One response to “Crossing USA Border, Flying Home from Mexico (GLL, MMML, KCXL, KPAO)

  1. DesertLilly

    NIce pictures. I have never seen the Mexico/US boarder from an airplane before, just from ground level.
    I really enjoy the pictures of the Sea of Cortez, and the pictures of the windmills in my valley. It gives us a different prospective from the air. Each time I have flown over the Coachella valley, I have been seated on the right (wrong) side of the plane and have only seen Desert Hot Springs proper, missing the windmills.

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