Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fly away

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.  
      ~Leonardo Da Vinci

My younger brother has been interested in flying for quite some time. He had the opportunity to take a basic flying lesson and was allowed one guest. I guess he actually does love me because he asked me to go with him! 
Downtown Grand Rapids (It looks like a little clay model!)

My favorite part of the trip was the fact that we would be flying about 2000ft up over my home town. It was very neat to see everything from up high. We even saw our house!

Holland lighthouse
We dipped down to 200ft over the lake

Going in the afternoon meant that the air near the ground that had been heated up by the sun was rising making it bumpy. There were times it felt like riding a roller coaster my stomach dropped so much!

We also had to wear the huge headphones with the speakers in order to drown out the engine and hear each other. I was waiting to hear Tom Cruise from Top Gun start expressing his love for me over the headset! Alas it did not happen.

The take off and landing were a little frightening in such a small craft. With the breeze coming in from the lake we had to take off and land with the wings at a 39 degree angle from the ground. It looked like we were going to crash and I may have screamed into the microphone on my headset! 

My Brother and I after the flight (isn't he a stud?)

 Despite how fun it was and the wonderful view I think that I am going to stick to bigger planes and enjoying the view out of a nice thick window (when my brother isn't driving!)

Plenty more adventures to come! 

XOXO ~Jackie

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