This was one of those flights that just went like clockwork. The flight on the small regional jet from Grand Junction began boarding at 06:05 and pushed back at 06:36. Runway 11 was the choice to leave the Grand Junction airport. The duration of the flight was a short 1:49.
During the descent to DFW, the plane went directly over Texas Motor Speedway. I remember how impressed I was when I went to that track for the inaugural race. It is every bit as impressive from the air.
The plane made it to the gate in the B Concourse at about 09:40 local time. My flight to Washington National was due to depart at 11:00. By the time I finished my walk to the gate, I only had about 15 minutes to wait before boarding began. After boarding, to my surprise, the doors were closed and the plane pushed back two minutes early!
Departing on runway 17R, one could easily see the new Arlington Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. After a few turns, the plane went directly over downtown Dallas and the Cotton Bowl. Then it was simply a matter of gaining altitude and heading toward DC.
On the descent to Washington National, the plane went directly over Dulles International.
The landing was uneventful. Getting my baggage was uneventful. Getting a taxi was uneventful. Before I knew it I was relaxing at my hotel.