While Ben was out doing his flight review we took a day to focus on mountain flying.  The Cirrus was the plane of choice due to it’s speed which makes for a quick trip up the Owens Valley.  The one downside to the Cirrus is its relatively long takeoff rolls however runway length wasn’t a realistic concern at Mammoth since the runway is 7000′ long.  During the flight up we were able to again enjoy the poppy bloom.  On the way home we followed the west side of the valley and played around in the hills. Then we headed west and worked our way into the Kern Valley.  From there it was south towards Tehachapi.  The Owens Valley is great for light mountain training because we are able to safely dart into the valleys and canyons while still having safe ‘outs’ in the main valley.  We were fortunate enough to have nearly perfect weather for our flight.  It was a sunny and calm 70 degrees when we landed in Mammoth.