Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Nicole Chayka and Monica Holy going for an aerial view of the Landscape in search of land for Middle Earth Home, image by Monica HolyOkay…at the time we thought it was a good idea. We’d spent a lot of time crammed into the Jeep, effort, and $$ for gas trekking across the beautiful British Columbia landscape in search of the locale that called to us for our Middle Earth Home Project. We figured an aerial view from an airplane would be a short cut. Think of all the ground we could cover in such a short time! As the saying goes, you don’t know what you don’t know.

A pilot friend of  Nikki’s needed the flight hours, and offered the opportunity. It sounds good in theory, until you’re up there, fighting the lack of oxygen to stay awake. Thank goodness we weren’t flying the plane. Well, Sal actually let me, Monica, take the wheel for a brief moment, and I have to admit….very cool. However, you’ll not get me up in one of those contraptions again. Not enough between me and all that empty sky around us.

Flying over BC's Coastal Mountains, image by Monica Holy

The view was gorgeous, and I’m sure Nikki and my son enjoyed it before they passed out cold in the back of the 4 seater plane. I managed to hold it together long enough to get a few great shots, as you’ll rarely find me without my camera.

Everything was relatively fine while we were airborne, and then it happened. We had to return to the hanger…and land. What I didn’t know at the time, is that all that air pressure, and lack of oxygen while you’re up in the sky, is one thing. It’s another to return to the runway, where the air pressure, and one’s ‘innards’, return to normal. As I previously mentioned, Nikki and my son were passed out cold in the back seat, probably for the best. I swear for me it felt like a giant hand out of the clouds, wrapped itself around my body and …squeezed.

I don’t need to go into any further details other than to say thank goodness for the little brown bag Sal handed me. Unfortunately Nikki and my son coming to with a bolt and groaned in loud protest because they couldn’t leave the enclosed capsule fast enough.

Pilot Sal, taking us up for an aerial view of British Columbia, in our search for Middle Earth Home, image by Monica Holy

Like I said, you won’t get us up in one of those again, despite Sal reassuring us that it gets better each time you fly.

No thanks. Next!

I’ll switch to topographic maps instead.

Middle Earth Home website

Zero Carbon Footprint for a Green Sustainable Lifestyle, image by Monica Holy

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