Friday, April 13, 2012

The Helicopter Ride on Friday the 13th!

Brandon and Jana asked us if we would like to go on a helicopter ride with the boys. Are you kidding, how could we refuse? It was the chance of a lifetime. Brandon and Jana had been before but wanted the boys to go and thought we would like that as a gift for our birthdays, Mother's and Father's Day and Christmas too. Wow! Thanks you guys. It was spectacular!! This first picture is of the Wai'aleale Crater. It is the wettest place on earth. It rains here 350 days a year. Some 400 inches, I think. The morning tours couldn't go into the crater because it was so socked in with clouds and it was raining so much. Andy, our pilot, said lucky for us it cleared just in time for the 2:30 flight and because of the rain at lunch time there were hundreds of waterfalls rushing down the walls of the crater. As we flew along the NaPali coast line the water was crystal clear and looked like a huge lake it was so still. It was a beautiful turquoise too. This is one of the many sea caves worn away by water along the coastline. I think this is also the one that is seen in the Harrison Ford movie 6 Days and 7 Nights.
Jurassic Park here we come. The first scene in the movie showing the entrance to the Park is taken at this water fall. It is up a private valley owned by the Robinson family and the movie company was given permission to come up into the valley to film here. No one else can get in to this fall so it can only be seen by helicopter. It was breathtaking.
Here we are just as we finished our flight. The ground crew was nice enough to take a picture for us. We all had a great flight and didn't get motion sick or anything. Thanks to Andy our pilot for a great ride, a wonderful history and information about our beautiful Kauai.

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