Mrs. LIAYF and I bought the Helicopter Ride for 3 as a birthday gift for Lukas last fall. This was actually part of a Living Social deal, proving that if you are patient enough to wade through the 50 or so email 'deals' a week you might just find something worthwhile to purchase. Anyway, we have been sitting on it all this time and our year window was about up, so rain or shine we were touring the Seattle skyline on Saturday.
Thankfully, it shined!
We took off from Boeing field just south of the city, hovering about 20-30 feet above the ground for a minute or two, which was a sensation unlike any we had ever experienced. Needless to say it was pretty cool.
We were immediately so taken with the gorgeous views of the city and surrounding region that we didn't say anything as our pilot headed East over Lake Washington towards the city of Bellevue. We had wanted to ask if he could instead fly West and do a flyby of our neighborhood and modest home. But instead, within minutes we had crossed the lake and our pilot, Charles, was pointing out a somewhat less modest home bordering the lake.
If you hadn't guessed, the home in the center of the picture above belongs to one William Gates Jr., otherwise famous for being the richest man in the world. And just to think, a 5 minute helicopter ride to the west would bring you to a house owned by a family in the other 99.99999% (number of .9's a completely random guess).
Anyway, just after that I remembered to ask if we could fly west and was informed that we didn't have the time. Not on the Living Social special anyway. Given that, we would simply have to enjoy some to the other sights, the region had to offer. So we turned and headed back towards Seattle.
Lukas was relatively quiet during the trip, which was proof that he was pretty impressed since he is usually talking non-stop, and would certainly have been checking out all the cool buttons and levers the small copter had to offer. We did, however, communicate with him through the headsets and he was particularly impressed seeing several playgrounds and soccer games being played as we passed over.
Minutes later we were back over the city, taking time to circle the hills on the north end and watching the cruise ships leaving Elliot Bay before flying close to, and around another famous Seattle Icon, The Space Needle.
After banking around the Needle we proceed down along the city waterfront to the south end where the Seattle sports stadiums are located.
And to my utter surprise and enjoyment, since I am a huge Seattle Mariners fan, the pilot flew us almost directly over Safeco Field allowing us to look down into the stadium, where the team was busy practicing for a game with the Texas Rangers.
I'm sure it's not a coincidence that the Mariners won this game.
From there we continued on south back to Boeing Field to finish out this fantastic trip from Helicopters Northwest, which we would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the region.
Best of all, Lukas absolutely loved his final birthday gift, calling it "Cool" and giving it his final seal of approval.