One of the many things I really like about my job is that, from time to time, I get to do things fun or interesting. Research cruises or trips to isolated barrier islands are two examples. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to go along on a cool helicopter ride.
The science purpose of the helicopter was to observe a study looking at water flow through a salt marsh. A concentrated die was dumped into the water and then the flow of the dye was observed and measured.
The helicopter was a Robinson R-22. It is a fairly small four-seater with the doors all off.
As I sat in the back-right seat and looked past my shoulder, there was nothing but air. We climbed to 3,000 feet to get a wide view
and then zoomed down across the marsh at around 100 feet.
All told, the flight was only around 25 minutes, but it sure made my day.
Today, it just another day in the office. Oh well, real life returns.