A few months into starting my blog 5 years ago I set myself three goals that I wanted to “achieve” through blogging… truth be told they were rather materialistic goals and I’m kinda embarrassed to share them with you here but I’ve never been one to keep secrets so I’ll let you in on mine!
Way back in 2011 I wanted to achieve these three things through my blogging platform…
1. Get a ghd hair straightener (tick)
2. Take a trip to a tropical island (tick)
3. Go on a helicopter ride
And fortunately I can now say that I’ve ticked every one of those three off my list! Go me!!
When the invitation came through from NAC Helicopters there was no holding me back… I returned my RSVP within the minute to say that “Hell Yes” would I like to enjoy a helicopter flip over “The most beautiful city in the world”
And after thinking it through for a few minutes I decided that I would also spoil my kids with possibly the most exciting “mommy date” of their lives…. and opted to pay for them to join me in a ride through the sky!!
As all good mama’s are wont to do I kept it all a big surprise of course (I LOVE surprises and adore giving them even more so had the cheesiest grin all the way to the Waterfront)
They kept guessing what could possibly be this most exciting mommy date and when I told them it was something they had never done before they were totally flummoxed…. until we drove in past the Table Bay Hotel to the helicopter launching pads and they both spotted the helicopters and screamed in disbelief!!
And our helicopter flip was everything we imagined…
Running to the helicopter like celebrities, ducking down low to avoid the overhead blades, loud engines whirring above our heads, huge headphones and mics to communicate with each other was all followed by impossible views of Table Mountain and beautiful vistas of the horizon beyond.
We floated off into the air hardly noticing that we were airborne and gasped as we realised how high we were above the boats in Table Bay (and even some low lying clouds!)
Our flight took us over the sea towards the Atlantic Seaboard where we had a bird’s eye view of Signal Hill, the millionaire mansions on it’s slopes, Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. After a few minutes checking out the ocean beneath us it was time to turn around and head back over Table Bay and the harbour with view over the City Bowl… and it was at this point that our stomachs left our bodies for a few moments as we changed direction in the sky!
As someone who has lived in Cape Town for all but 8 of her 35 years I can truly say that this was something that every local should do! Seeing your own city from a completely new perspective is awesome and I loved every minute (yes, even those of you with fears of heights or flying… a helicopter is such a unique flying experience and not scary at all!)
All in all it was a super memorable experience for us all and we had the time of our lives…. for a few minutes!
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Now I’m off to set a few new blogging goals 😉
Images: Kathryn Rossiter