Day 405 – Incognito

My cohort back at Mosquito Control has resorted to creating a fake Peewee for company…

Yesterday I got to go along on two “Ride-Alongs.” I had to dress in tourist clothes so the rest of the passengers wouldn’t know I was a pilot. It was kind of being like a secret mystery shopper… It was fun. I couldn’t believe I was getting paid to do what others are paying a small fortune for.

The Pu’u O’o vent at the Killauea volcano was very active, as was “Fissure D” which is the fourth of four fissures that have opened up over the years and the only remaining active one. We don’t actually go all the way up to the rim of the volcano because it’s a permanent “Temporary” Flight Restricted area, but we get to see plenty of lava at the vent and the fissure, and then we follow the lava tubes down to the ocean, and on a good day there’s lava flowing into the ocean, which is quite a sight to see.

After the volcano, we fly to the Upper Falls just above the town of Hilo. We get so much rainfall here that the water comes cascadig down the gorges carved through the terrain and creates a whole bunch of spectacular waterfalls.

Then if the passengers are off a cruise ship, we will sometimes ask the Hilo Airport Tower to let us make a turn around the bay so they can get a picture of their ship, which we did yesterday, and we saw a small pod of whales out there!

Periodically we caught some rain, which created a spectular rainbow, which was caught on camera for the flight DVD.

I also have some DVD’s of different people giving the tour to learn from. It’s a pretty simple tour – just 45 minutes, so it shouldn’t be too difficult. Considering, you’re flying the helicopter, making radio calls, keeping clear of other tour helicopters and talking to them on the radio, switching between the three outside cameras and the cockpit view and selecting accompaning music at the same time as you’re talking about the history of the island, the agriculture, geology, culture, etc. and describing the sights…

Anyway, when I got back to the hotel I packed up my two largest suitcases and dragged them out to the lobby along with all of the stuff I bought at WalMart. My landlord brought over his truck and we hauled the stuff to the new condo, so when I check out Thursday morning I will just have a couple of small suitcases to store in the van for the day. Thursday afternoon we will do the walk-through, and my new bed will be delivered, and we will be home, sweet home! Moving right along!

Jeesus Peewee,
Are you sure Hawaii is in the USA? No landlords around here are going to pick you up at the airport – sight unseen – and then help you move in. For sure I want to move to Hawaii!


One Response to “Day 405 – Incognito”

  1. Sandy Says:

    Yahoo! Sounds like things are really falling into place for you. 🙂

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