flying high….

Well, my hat is off to Sunshine Helicopters for a beeeutiful view of the Hawaiin Islands!  I have never been in a helicopter before, not even by accident, so this was a huge treat for me!

Did you look at that gorgeous piece of machinery??  It’s the Whisper Star and is the ULTIMATE in sightseeing helicopters!  There were 6 seats, with the rear seats elevated, and was super quiet.  Shannon and I got to sit up front, partially because we’re way more fun, and partially because Jimmy and Mike wanted to keep an eye on us.  (as if we would get distracted by shiny knobs and buttons) and partially for weight reasons.

Ok, this brings up a subject.  I have ridden in some pretty small airplanes before….and they always ask your weight.  They are super nosey and it makes me mad.  So my super, excellent, sweet husband, always let’s me give my weight at 10lbs under and he always adds 10lbs to his.  HA!!!!  NOW THAT, MY FRIEND, IS LOVE………well,  its THAT …and he doesn’t want to die….so basically, we have an understanding.

He’s a keeper.

Shannon and I sat in front with the 12 year old pilot.  I, several times, said, “Hey, buddy!  TWO HANDS!” He didn’t listen.  He just pretends he’s playing a video game and off we go!!

We zoomed all over beautiful waterfalls, vibrant green valleys and even to the “Wall of Tears” where there are over 17 waterfalls flowing at once!  It was hard to get perfect pictures because of the glare, but they are still in my head…

(the pictures AND the glare)

After a bit, we landed on some poor soul’s ranch.  Well, he’s probably not poor…since he allows the helicopters to land, but the area was loaded with animals!  Goats, chickens, peacocks, horses….speaking of horses…was this one crying?

Yeah, I think so too.

What an awesome day.  And once we got ready to leave…..there was some of this…

Shannon grabbed me and I grabbed her…..EEEEEK!!!  He lifted the helicopter up and we DOVE off the cliff towards the water with the two of us screaming!!!!!!  And you should have seen the looks on everyone’s faces….

.Oh, boys will be boys, won’t they?? Everyone in the ‘copter was grounded after that little stunt.  But all in all, it was a beautiful day and a beautiful ride…..

And yes………..I’d do it again!

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8 responses to “flying high….

  1. I love a good helicopter tour! Nice aerial shots, regardless of the glare factor!

  2. Oh gosh!! What vibrant colour and great views! I can’t imagine what it must have been like to fly over the rocky shores like that! (Maybe that’s because I’m terrified of heights) Congratulations for such an experience and thanks for sharing the pictures with us!

  3. Angela Riddle

    He adds 10 lbs to his weight for you? That IS love! You have a great Jimmy!

    It’s so funny though. I have a picture just like one of your copter pics that we took on our drive! It’s like I was there with you! Only with less nausea for me. ;)

    • HAHA!! Yes, and sometimes I tell him to add a couple of more….(just in case)! And I’m betting Shannon would have rathered “seen” the heliocopter than be ‘in’ the heliocopter!!

  4. LOVE IT! We did a helicopter tour last time and it’s the only way to see Hawaii!! And yes – those copter dudes are CRAZY and seem to take a demonic little delight in making gals scream. Muwahhahhahhh

    And mad props to Jimmy for that weight agreement y’all have. He’s The MAN.

  5. fishandpoi

    Wow way cool. We took a small plane once from Maui to Molokai to help do some work on Kalaupapa – it’s amazing what you see on these tours. Great pictures. If you need a ‘Hawaii Pick Me Up’ every now and then – plz follow our blog or check us out on Facebook – http://www.mainlandkamaainas.com

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