A successful helicopter flight!

Not only does today mark exactly one month since my arrival in south Florida, it’s also the day of my first helicopter ride ever!

We had originally planned to fly to Population A on Friday.  We were buckled up and fully decked out in our Nomex flight suits, gloves, leather boots, and helmets when the pilot discovered some technical issues with the helicopter.  We didn’t want to risk getting stranded in the Everglades or arriving after the sparrows had already shut up for the day, so we ended up canceling the flight.

But our flights today were as smooth as could be!  We headed to the Everglades at sunrise, watching the landscape change color as we flew.  I left my camera in my pocket for the flight out, partly nervous about messing up the flight somehow and partly wanting to fully engage myself in that first helicopter experience.

Michelle helped Jorg