Monroe, Utah has some of the best flying in the country. Sevier Valley offers huge potential for cross country flights. The high desert conditions create loads of lift, but the flying can be very technical and is not for the faint of heart. This year I decided to spend 2 months here to fly as much as possible and enjoy the nearby activities. This is a special place that I think I’ll keep coming back to.

I didn’t really take many photos during the Red Rocks Fly-In this year, but fortunately others did! These two are my favorites. Credit goes to Joey J. (left) and Stan B. (right).

The surrounding area of Monroe is very pretty. The snow-capped mountains of the Fishlake National Forest are easily visible from town, and the valley regularly offers beautiful sunrises and sunsets. In addition, the mountains offer many possibilities for hiking, atv riding, and rock climbing. The nearby hot springs can be really enjoyable to visit even when it’s cold.

Monroe is small town without very much light pollution. This means that incredible night skies can be seen by driving a just a short distance from town. These are some of the deep sky objects I tried to capture. These are the Heart and Soul Nebula, the Great Nebula of Orion, and the Andromeda Galaxy. I learned a lot by taking these pictures, and I hope to improve more in the future.

On the way back to Texas I encountered a thunderstorm. I had my camera with me so I decided to jump out of the car and capture some pictures. I was really happy with how these came out!

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