Me: Have you ever ridden a helicopter?
Me: Me neither.
Daniel: Let’s do it.
Earlier this month, my boyfriend who serves as a firefighter for the United States Air Force just finished his tour in Japan. He’s back in the U.S. now, and he visited me about three weeks ago before he flew back home. Since it was his first time in San Diego, we wanted to do something special. We decided to take a helicopter tour of San Diego. If you’re visiting the city, you might want to check Corporate Helicopters for their list of tours. We chose the Fly, Float, Feast tour which inludes a 30-minute helicopter ride over San Diego’s beaches and tourist attractions followed by a 3-hour cruise with your choice of brunch or dinner. The website also provides tour rates, so you’ll know which one fits your needs. Here are a few snapshots that I took while we were thousands of feet above sea level. I specifically chose these photos in keeping with our bimonthly theme, Stream of Stories and Whispering Water Tales.
“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
“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight.”
- C. JoyBell C.
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
- J.M. Barrie
“There is a trick to flying. The angels told me.” He had smiled at my wide-eyed awe. “You need to forget everything you know as a human being. When you are human, you discover that there is great power in hating the earth. And it can almost make you fly. But it never will.”
I had frowned, not quite understanding him. “So, what’s the trick?”
“Love the sky.”
-Anne Fortier, Juliet
“We are fast moving into something, we are fast flung into something like asteroids cast into space by the death of a planet, we the people of earth are cast into space like burning asteroids and if we wish not to disintegrate into nothingness we must begin to now hold onto only the things that matter while letting go of all that doesn’t. For when all of our dust and ice deteriorates into the cosmos we will be left only with ourselves and nothing else.”
- C. JoyBell C.
“We swung over the hills and over the town and back again, and I saw how a man can be master of a craft, and how a craft can be master of an element. I saw the alchemy of perspective reduce my world, and all my other life, to grains in a cup. I learned to watch, to put my trust in other hands than mine. And I learned to wander. I learned what every dreaming child needs to know — that no horizon is so far that you cannot get above it or beyond it.”
- Beryl Markham, West with the Night
“You’re flying Buzz!”
“No Woody we’re falling in style!”
- Toy Story