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I think that's Mt Rainier, although I don't see it from the air very often. We call that cloud the mother ship when it's hanging over the whole mountain top.
The mother ship!!!

You got some amazing pictures from the plane! I love to do that too. I can't help but wonder if the other people on the plane wonder if it's my first flight or something. So exciting that I'm taking photos! I don't know and I don't care what they think! Photos of the earth from an airplane are always fun to look at!
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I wonder if the lake with all the red/orange was Mono Lake? It's in Northern California, and is a salt water lake - very popular with migrating birds.
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I gave up caring what people think of me photographing everything a long time ago. I figure a lot of the time you only get one chance to get a photo, so if it makes you happy and doesn't disturb anyone else (that's why I don't often use flash), then what's the harm? It also helps to make flights go quicker for me...
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I wonder if the lake with all the red/orange was Mono Lake? It's in Northern California, and is a salt water lake - very popular with migrating birds.
I'd never heard of it and was shocked when I looked it just now and discovered it's just outside Yosemite. From looking at Google Maps, it looks like it would fit the bill.
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Tuesday 8 September – part four: seeing Disneyland from the air

Then we came in over land and over the sprawl of Los Angeles, and finally I saw some green bits, which seemed sadly few and far between. I guess part of that is the lack of rain, although I imagine some of that is also the fact that LA just sprawls everywhere and takes up any green land it can find.



Then look what I found…



I couldn’t believe it! I thought it might be Disneyland, so I zeroed in on it to find out that it was, so got as many photos as I could as we passed by. Very neat!

Then we were coming into land…



We both looked at each other, and said that the airport had grown a lot since we were last here in 2008. We remembered a tiny thing, with a baggage carousel that went out into the car park, and only a couple of gates. We saw three planes land, and one taxi out to take off, as we made our way over to the terminal. There is a good reason it had changed so much, which we’ll come to in due course.



When we got off the plane, the heat was the first thing that hit us. Ugh, it was awful. We were so glad to get into the air conditioned terminal building, which was lovely:



After a quick bathroom break, we headed down to get our luggage, and this has to be the coolest luggage carousel in the world… ever!



It made it a lot easier to see when your bags were coming.

We quickly got all four, secured them up and headed over to Hertz to get our rental car. The woman at the counter was very chatty and seemed to like our sense of humour, saying if I wrote a book, she’d read it. I did mention I had two books already published.

Anyway, we then found out why the airport had changed so much. It’s because we were thinking of another one – perhaps Long Beach but this one has apparently been like this for more than 20 years. I have to say it doesn’t look that old, it’s very impressive.

Here’s the statue of the great man himself that was just by the rental car counter…



We had to take photos of this, as we have friends at home who did not believe that we were flying into John Wayne Airport.

Next: I swear LA gets worse!
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You were on the correct side of the plane AGAIN!!! How lucky are you?! Awesome. I love when you get to see such things from the plane!
I flew into that airport for the first time ever and thought it was great. I espeically got a kick out of the fact that big jets fly in/out there as well as little Cessna's. So cute! And I suppose for folks who aren't familiar with it.... yes the fact that it's named John Wayne airport is a little odd.
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You were on the correct side of the plane AGAIN!!! How lucky are you?! Awesome. I love when you get to see such things from the plane!
We were very lucky, although in fairness, we've had our fair share over the years of "on the left, you'll see...." and we're on the right.

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I have to say though, I loved the fact they've got that statue - so neat!
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