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First time flying in a helicopter

I turned 22 on Thursday. :)

Normally, birthdays for me are pretty low-key. We usually will go out for dinner so I don’t have to cook and my parents often send a small gift. We’re so busy that we oftentimes don’t have the time to properly celebrate, but I don’t mind. It’s really just another day. For my 21st birthday, we did a bit more, but I wasn’t really planning on doing anything special this year for 22.

Andrew is so sweet. He always wants to make sure my birthday is special, so he was trying to suggest going out and doing something different since we both had most of the day off. He suggested bowling, or going to a place called Skyzone where there are wall-to-wall trampolines. He had other suggestions, but none of them really interested me. And then, something popped in my head: what about a helicopter ride?

I looked into some prices online because I’ve always figured they would be too expensive for us to consider, but I found a Groupon for half off and for three people, so it ended up being under $40 a person, which isn’t too bad! They only do rides on the weekend, so we couldn’t actually book a tour on my birthday – which was a Thursday – so we booked one for tonight. Up to three passengers could come, so we asked our friend Alex if he wanted to join us. Of course he said yes. ;)

We arrived a bit early at the downtown airport (which I didn’t even know existed!) but there was no one that booked before us so they let us go ahead. I was a bit nervous, but as we climbed inside the helicopter and put on our headsets, my nervousness just turned into pure excitement! I felt like I was in a movie. :P The pilot started up the engine and let it warm up for a few minutes before we lifted off.

Andrew and I right before takeoff. All smiles!
Andrew and I right before takeoff. All smiles!

He flew us around the downtown area, which was so neat because I could point out to Andrew and Alex exactly which building I worked in. He then flew us down Main St. passed Westport towards the Country Club Plaza. We live about a mile from the Plaza, so it was really easy to spot out our apartment buildings! Everything looked so small from above!

Downtown Kansas City
Downtown Kansas City

The ride was pretty smooth. It was a bit windy, but I wasn’t nervous any during the actual ride. We turned and headed back up north towards downtown. We actually passed through downtown instead of over it on the way back. It was crazy to be flying next to some of the skyscrapers!

Downtown on the way back. I actually work in the building on the right!
Downtown on the way back. I actually work in the building on the right!

We went pretty late in the evening, around 7:00 PM, but I felt like it was the perfect time to go. Most of the day was pretty rainy and cloudy, but the skies cleared a bit and it was beautiful to see the sunset!

Andrew and I with the helicopter

I do wish the ride would have been a bit longer because it flew by so fast! It was a twenty minute ride which I thought would be a lot of time, but next time I think I’d pay more to have some more time. I want to go again! It was one of the best experiences, and it made a perfect birthday present. :)

Spring Breaking

Andrew and I are currently on vacation for our spring break in Colorado! We traveled on Saturday and drove from Kansas City, MO to Estes Park, CO which took about nine and a half hours including stops for food and gas.

We spent two days in the Estes Park area and visited Rocky Mountain National Park. I will do a proper post on our trips there in the future once I am back and can edit all my pictures. All I can say is… wow. The views are absolutely breathtaking!

Bear Lake
Andrew and I in front of frozen, snow covered Bear Lake, on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Yesterday and today we did some sight-seeing in Denver (detailed post coming soon, too!) and a few things around Denver. Tonight we are absolutely pooped – hiking up mountains is exhausting! Tomorrow morning we are driving down to Colorado Springs and we have a few different activities planned there!

We’ve had a few hiccups on the trip: my check engine light on my car came on our second day and we had to take it to the mechanic. Thankfully we only lost half a morning while the mechanic fixed my car and it wasn’t too expensive.

We are having a blast and I can’t wait to share some of the stuff we’ve done! Until then, you can follow me on Instagram and see some pretty awesome pictures (if I do say so myself) of our vacation! :)