My pilot

I was indulged. Spoiled. Treated to an unforgettable sightseeing experience on a plane.

It was a family fun day, where you could just stare at old planes or old cars and take photos, or choose a plane, swipe your credit card and take a flight on an old military plane. Part of the money went to a charity organisation.

(Apologies upfront for the bad photos – I took the camera with me but it is not easy to take pics up there….for many reasons. I tried my best!)

My bear sent me on a 25 minute flight on a YAK 52. Just me and my pilot – at Port Alfred 43 Air School

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We flew along the coast line.

I can’t see the end of the ocean it carries on forever and the deepest darkest blue meets the most perfect clear blue African sky.  Flying over Kelly beach in Port Alfred all the way to Kenton. The rivers are huge from up there and where they meet the ocean the color is an awesome deep turquoise, it shimmers in the sunlight. I can see new beach strips, no one has ever walked on those patches of pure white sand.

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We make a right turn and although it is a very smooth turn it feels like we are upside down. My tummy somersaults and belly flops and the butterflies go wild. I screamed with delight and excitement and he looks back smiling and asks if I’m ok?

I was more than ok 😀

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We flying straight again this time inland over the farms, farm roads, houses, rivers and untouched pieces of land. It’s an awesome view. There are more rivers, ones I dint know about, they smaller they all meet the Bushmans river or trickle off to the ocean on their own. Every time I try to take a photo the plane ‘bounces’ and I miss a heartbeat. I love the butterflies in my tummy.

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my window was open just a bit to allow for photos

my window was open just a bit to allow for photos

All the time I can hear the tower from the air school and two of the traffic controllers talking; alpha, delta, zulu (that is so cool) they talk to other planes about the fuel and where they’re flying. The pilot speaks to me every once in a while and the 25 minutes are over too quickly. We are near the air school and he shows me the air strip. Sadly it’s almost time to land.

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Now why didn’t I go into flying school? What does an old girl like me need to do to learn to fly? He said it himself:  “Flying beats working!”

Awesome experience. Unforgettable. Thanks Babes!!

Wish he had done some upside down flips.

air wolf has landed

air wolf has landed

Playing on the beach

I absolutely love the beach and I love the ocean.

I wish I could bottle the breeze and keep it close to me in my handbag forever. Something to remind me of the misty freshness that the ocean blows in and that cool ocean smell, there is no other perfume like it. And something to also remind me of the sound of the waves and the seagulls.

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DSCF4140We stayed close to the beach, walking distance and I couldn’t wait to get past the secret paths and closed-in stairs that lead me down to the beach, you always hear the sound of heat when you walk past the bushes. It’s those bugs, I have never seen them, but its bugs so I know I don’t like them, they make this sound you only hear when it’s extremely hot and you’re nearing the sand. That sound is the same anywhere cause I know you can hear it in the Natal area too.

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Once my feet touch the warm soft gold sand then it’s ok, I can hear children making a noise there’s the sound of adults talking or playing  and the waves. And that right there is where my holiday starts.

I always say a holiday near the ocean is good for you, walking with your feet touching the salt water is good for your soul. It’s just like taking a good long *sigh* and feeling better and relieved almost immediately.

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It’s an explosion of blues and lots of other shades close to white.

From the deepest darkest blue to turquoise and the soft gentle baby blue with a touch of white. The sand in some places is so soft and so white it almost looks like we’re on a tropical island. Add to that the sound of the waves calling you and putting you to sleep at the same time….people walking their dogs, smell of suntan lotion, some sun burns, colourful umbrellas flapping gently, kites and pebbles and sea shells. Oh I can’t resist picking up seashells or pebbles no matter how broken or how many I have weighing me down already – I always stop to pick one more.

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_DSC9922Because the water is cold in this area the beaches are not overcrowded, some parts are quite deserted, untouched, unexplored and secretive with a real tropical look. I love the shock you get when you first feel the ice water touch your feet, it takes a while before my blue toes get comfortable with this cold water.

At night it’s the reflection of the moon that makes the waves dance it’s almost full moon so the silver shimmer gets larger every evening. It looks like silver fish are flapping right there on the surface.

Even when it rains and your holiday seems ruined it’s not. The rain drops make the ocean seem even more mysterious, I love that hazy look as if I am looking through dirty sunglasses, its misty but warm and the rain drops are refreshing and the smell of the ocean is all the better for it.

And that is my perfect holiday all bottled up.

This year it was awesome! Memorable!

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Cannon Rocks - Kite Surfing

Cannon Rocks – Kite Surfing

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