Look Ma – I’m flying!

5 Apr

Chopper ride over Oahu

Anyone who knows me knows I hate flying. I’m convinced that I’ll meet my end in a fiery blaze of jet fuel.

When we started planning our trip and I asked Alan what he absolutely wanted to do in Hawaii, his response was immediate: Helicopter ride.

My response was equally fast: All you, buddy.

Then a few things conspired to change my mind.

  1. Alan began guilting me. “If you’re ever going to do it, Hawaii is the place.”
  2. Alicia told me she had a few solid “posts from the grave” ready to go for Facebook, such as:
    1. Worst helicopter ride ever.
    2. Don’t do it – see my Trip Advisor review.
  3. My friend Brent hooked us up with his friend who is a pilot/instructor in Honolulu and flies with the fire department. There’s a vote of confidence.

So it was that we found ourselves lifting off over the water on Wednesday afternoon for a loop around the island with Joey, the pilot, whose calm demeanor did a lot for putting me at ease.

Because pictures are worth a thousand words, I simply offer you this:

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4 Responses to “Look Ma – I’m flying!”

  1. Linda April 5, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    Amazing!!!!! Thank you for sharing!!

  2. emphasisonjoy April 13, 2015 at 8:14 pm #

    STUNNING!
    Sounds like someone just became a fan of flying (well, at least for vacation in beautiful places)?

    • pithypants April 25, 2015 at 6:09 am #

      Wouldn’t go that far – but I AM a fan of not dying!

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