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The view: Smoky sunset over northwestern Colorado, south of Steamboat Springs

The pilot: Gregory Effinger

The airplane: 1977 Cessna 172XP

The mission: Last trip to see family before graduate Diego Effinger moves to Ohio for college.

The memory: A look at the smoky skies over northwestern Colorado, before dusk. In Steamboat Springs, we have been surrounded by TFRs on all sides due to wild fires. While much of the time our aerial views are obscured to just a gray haze, there are magic moments when nature plays with light and color, due to the smoke.

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