Flying High

Posted by Lauren

My computer is still out of commission, which makes blogging a bit of an inconvenience. There is just so much to write about… Does anybody know a simple resize tool for a PC (lenovo thinkpad to be exact).

Here is a teaser of one of the best surprises ever (if I could resize/post the 100+ pictures and not lose my sanity while doing so I would, trust me!):

Saturday: Sleep in. Finish 1/2 a workout. Shower. Drive to Kyle’s and be there by noon. Take the train with him to San Francisco. Walk to Union Square. He gets a mysterious call. Is it Claudine? (I spotted the name on a secret paper of his.) We walk to a street corner. A shuttle waits for us. The shuttle drives us to Sausalito (across the Golden Gate Bridge). We get out and there’s this:

A helicopter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kyle dropped a few hints around Christmas as to what we were going to do, but I was only able to semi-solve the one about pandas playing (related to the SF Giants’ Pablo Sandoval) a minute or so after we got to SF (and I saw the stadium right there). #Sherlock.

The helicopter ride surprise was a total shocker, in the best way possible. (Just like skydiving for my birthday). After a short safety video, Kyle and I chatted with the shuttle driver about helicopter history, helicopter mechanics, and helicopter economics. Smart stuff.


We took off over Sausalito. I was in the copilot spot and Kyle sat in the back, right behind me. Our earmuffs and Britney Spears style microphones completed the look:

Such a good looking guy :)


This deserves way more than 1 measly thumbs-up, that’s for sure!

We flew over the Marin Headlands, sweeping views of San Francisco on our left and the Pacific Ocean on our right.

As we looped over the Golden Gate Bridge, the pilot mentioned we were going to go UNDER the bridge!!

Ever seen the belly of the Golden Gate? Welp, there it is ^ ^ ^ !!

What goes under, must come back over, right? I loved the glass window underneath my feet!

The helicopter swept across the bay; with Angel Island on our right, we headed straight towards Alcatraz. The island looked tiny from up above…

….actually, everything looked tiny :) I remember a loooong time ago, when driving to the city with my parents, I saw SF from a distance and thought that it looked like a 2D puzzle. On clear days like Saturday, I am reminded of the puzzle-like qualities of San Francisco.

What do you think? Puzzley looking or am I just crazy? Up above is a photo of the Bay Bridge extending towards Treasure Island… I got a nice shot where all the towers lined up into one. For the duration of the flight I did two things

1. snap photos on my camera and iPhone
2. try not to have my jaw literally hit the floor

The views were spectacular, the weather was perfect (amazing considering Friday and Sunday were cloudy/rainy), and I just couldn’t believe we were in a helicopter of all places! Surreal.

Kyle and I have seen AT&T Park many ways (stadium seat watching a game, locker room during company holiday party, kayaking McCovey Cove) and now we can add heliviewing to the list! Ridiculous. Amazing.

This guy continues to ambush with me with ridiculously amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I’m such a lucky girl. Thank you soooooooo much :)

Question: What area would you like a bird’s eye view of? Egypt? Alaska? Costa Rica?


Comments (5)

  1. foodsweatandbeers

    Keep him. Never let him go.

    In other news: That looks like the MOST FUN!!! I am so glad you’re not afraid of heights (like every single female on the Bachelor seems to be) because it looks like you really made the most of your adventure. You know, instead of screaming, crying, and clutching Kyle like he was your only tie to life and humanity.

  2. Kristine

    That looks like SO much fun! I would be panicking, but having the time of my life at the same time. You guys are so cute together :)

  3. Tara

    Wow that is so cool!! My parents did that at the grand canyon – that would be pretty amazing to see from way up above!

  4. Jane

    This sounds AMAZING! I’d love to see most cities from above! I think Tokyo would be so fascinating though! Or somewhere with lots of animals! You are a lucky girl!

  5. Kathryn @ Flopoodle

    Awww how sweet! What an awesome surprise!


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