New York (sort of)
Finishing off the last of United's Premier 2021 head start with a quick trip to New York. Started off with layers of fog over Los Angeles and scenic views of Glendale, then the sprawn of Las Vegas and shortly thereafter, Lake Powell.
United's COVID-19 pandemic meal service isn't exactly impressive, but then it never was to start with, so one try covered in packaged goods and a hot main course in foil isn't the end of the world. Breakfast on LAX-EWR was almost edible pancakes, dinner on EWR-LAX was a less appetizing looking buffalo chicken and riced cauliflower that was actually more tasty than the pancakes.
Strong tailwinds made LAX-EWR a quick flight, finished off with wonderful snowy landscapes after the day's earlier snow. Had a quick piece lousy airport pizza (because when in New York...), then soaked in the sunset right around boarding. And as someone who doesn't live in snow, it was was fun on the ground to watch de-icing operations after the storm.
In the winter, the strong jetstream that benefits the eastbound flights makes the westbound return a bit of a slog. Combined with a delayed departure to accommodate some late connecting passengers (love that United does this, but getting back to LAX so late was no fun) and it was a long day. Still glad to be done with the year's airline status chasing nonsense barely 5 weeks into the new year. *grins*