Thursday, January 28, 2010

Helicoptering it

We are currently in Chateau d'Oex, a town near Gstaad in the French part of Switzerland. I decided to book a vacation here with my family to celebrate my birthday (this weekend!) during their Balloon Festival.

I'll write more later on our lovely trip to the mountains, as Marion likes to call it.

What I wanted to write about now is the helicopter ride we enjoyed yesterday. I'm not sure what compelled us to take a helicopter ride but Brian and I decided to just go for it. So we found ourselves waiting in line with an impatient toddler

and a not impressed infant

for our turn in the 'copter.

Finally we all loaded in and we were off!

And off pretty much sums it up. The move our pilot made to get into the sky almost made my lunch come up. And my ears popped right away. But it couldn't have been that bad. Marion continued to yell and look out the window

and Betti just chilled.

During our short trip I tried to snap as many pictures as I could out of the windows. It was gorgeous up there. Gorgeous and CLEAR! I love clear, sunny days. We don't get enough of them in Zurich in the winter.

Anyway, my frantic picture taking paid off. The pictures came out much better than I expected.

After a landing that almost induced my lunch again, we were back on the ground where I rounded up the fam for a quick picture before the helicopter took off again.

So glad we dragged the kids up there. :)


ToadMama said...

Amazing! Your pics are great! Thank you for humoring us all and posting them so quickly. (-:

grammie said...

Amazing...How are the balloons ?

Gstaad was just on tv last night talking about all the amazing events/activities they offer. Glad I caught the show...and now your pics.

You all look so happy ...Have FUN !!!


Hoppy said...

VERY nice pictures!!! I'll bet that was a ball! Looks like you're going to have to do a lot better than that, though, to impress Betti. Love to all!

Lemon Gloria said...

This looks just incredible! What a fantastic birthday event!