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Get to da choppa!!!

On Saturday Dani and I gave Raye her b-day present early--a helicopter ride. It was a surprise and we blindfolded her until we were at the place at Boeing airfield. She was happily surprised.


We were supposed to do the 45 minute ride which included going over the Snoqualmie Falls but the ceiling was too low over by the mountains. We did head east and give it a try but once in the foothills it was too cloudy. I preferred flying over the city anyway where I had a frame of reference of where I was. We still got our 45 minutes though and let me tell you it goes by really fast from up there. I took over a hundred pictures but here's a hand full of them.

Downtown & water from over Beaccon Hill. Typical Seattle weather

Man, Lake Washington is freaking huge. Looking North.

Union Bay/5-20/Arboretum

From above UW Campus, I like this angle, look at all that water and all them bridges!


Over Greenwood-ish I think

Golden Gardens

Shilshole Bay

Ballard Locks

Salmon Bay, Fisherman's Terminal, Ballard Bridge...getting close to my apartment

There it is. "I can see my house from here!"

Queen Anne and getting closer to the city.

Space Needle...couldn't get a good shot without some obstruction in the way from where I was sitting. In this case it's Raye's hand.

Lake Union

Flying over Belltown


Downtown & the Waterfront

There's a non-obstructed view of the Space Needle

Makes the view from the Viaduct look like nothin'!

A bit of Pioneer Square and the Smith Tower


Last shot of the city before heading back toBoeing Field.

So yeah, there it is. I really want to do it again and go with Andy, who was kind enough to drive us to the airfield but didn't get to go up himself. I'd surely go again. So after paintball, touching a dolphin and a helicopter ride, I've managed to knock off three bucket list items off my list this year. Not bad at all. A good follow up after a year living abroad and traveling around.


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 5th, 2012 06:00 am (UTC)
Looks like you guys had a great time. Too bad the roof was closed on the Safe. It would have been cool to fly over during a game.

How come Andy was grounded?
Jul. 5th, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
On the 30th was there even a game that day? It was like 10am when we were flaying around so there wouldn't have been a game at that time anyway. I thought that morning would be best for vision becasue lately it had been nice in the mornings and got overcast in the afternoon. Not that morning of course. Boo.

Andy was grounded because there are only 3 seats available. It was Dani's idea and she bought the groupon with the intention to make it Raye's b-day surprise, really I'm the lucky one to get to go as well (and pay almost halfsies).
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