Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Pretty Cool Perk

When I was at work I needed to drive one of the transmitter engineers to the helicopter so he could hitch a ride up to the top of Farnsworth Peak for his week long shift. The mountain is of course very snowy, so they take either snow cat or helicopter to the top of the mountain. Usually during a shift change they have 2 engineers that go up on the helicopter, and 2 more that come back. This time there was only one that was going up and none were coming back. So there was an empty seat both ways. I didn't really think they would let me take a ride up there just for the fun of it, but Whoo Hoo! They did!
This is a self portrait of me on the helicopter! I wish I had a real camera, but all I had was my cell phone camera. The helicopter is so loud you can't hear a thing. You have to wear the headphones for hearing protection, and the mic thing is so you can talk to people in the helicopter.

Here is 1-80 and the river. Look how tiny the big semis are.

Here is another shot of the freeway.

Look how icky the air in the valley was. I was above the icky air where the sun was shining.

Here is the mountain we were flying to. It's pretty. I texted this picture to my kids and husband while I was in the air! I'm now a texting pro.

Here are the Oquirrh Mountains, quite close! There were 2 tiny little elk. Well, I'm sure they were actually big like elk are. They just looked little from where I was. Sorry I missed their picture. They wouldn't have shown up in the picture anyway.

Here was when we were just coming over the top of the mountain. That was so cool flying up over the peak and then seeing the other side! I wish I could have gotten sompe pictures of the transmitters. But I was on the wrong side of the helicopter, then they took a slightly different angle back, so I didn't get a shot of them. They look really cool too.

Here is Salt Lake City. But you can't tell because of the thick yucky air. I'm sure looking forward to a storm to clean up our air.

This is the helicopter I rode on. Anyway. It was a very fun way to start the day!


  1. What fun! I would love a helicopter ride. Beautiful pictures.

  2. Oh my goodness you are a very brave woman! I think it would be a lot of fun but I'm too chicken to actually try something like that probably. Very cool for you though! And the pictures are so beautiful!!!

  3. Ryan is so jealous. He really wants to go for a ride in a helecoptor. Maybe chooper 5 one day?

  4. You are a brave lady! I don't like to fly. Does flying bother you at all? I'm sure that you've told me, but I don't remember. I'm pretty sure that Tiff will be jealous. The pictures were totally neat. Sorry I've been such a blog slacker.

  5. Sondra, I love to fly! I wish I could do it all the time. It is a pretty cool rush. As a teen, I always wanted to try skydiving. Now I'm not so sure I would ever really do that. I don't know how my bones or spine would take the landing, but I'm pretty sure I would love the ride down.

  6. Wow! These pictures are amazing! You are a brave girl, too! I'd be a little freaked out up so high in a helicopter!
    Oh, and I didn't realize how cool the Salt Lake interstates are (from the air)!