Overcoming my Flying Fear: The Sky’s the Limit

With summer quickly approaching I thought it would be a good time to write about my own “Charlie Tango” helicopter adventure last summer. The irony here is that I am petrified of flying.  I still fly because what kind of life would I live if I never traveled? I want to explore different parts of the world but if I let my fear consume me then I will miss out on a lot of great adventures.

So back to last summer. Mike and I spent every weekend at the Great Sacandaga Lake or GSL for short. With the motto: the best kept secret of the Adirondacks, it truly is a hidden gem.  When we are at the GSL we stay at Giuseppi’s camp (super Italian name I know). Giuseppi is Mike’s childhood friend and Giuseppi’s two brothers, Giacamo and Gaetano, and his college roommate, CJ and CJ’s girlfriend Courtney, spend the weekends with us. Their “camp” really isn’t much of a camp, it’s more of a house.. a big house, that’s right on the water.

A view from camp
Our view from camp: sitting on the back deck

The Lanzi Family 

Giuseppi’s family is very well known in this area because they own three out of four restaurants on this lake:

I recommend stopping at anyone of these restaurants if you are in the area. Sport Island Pub and Lakeside Tavern are more casual places.  If you are looking for food, drinks, and entertainment, you can’t go wrong with either one. If you are looking for a formal restaurant that is a little more fancy, Lanzi’s on the Lake is the place to go.  The best part about all three places is that you can pull your boat right up to their docks and leave it there while you eat. Now back to the helicopter ride…

The Sky’s the Limit

Mr. Perrone, a family friend of the Lanzi’s, owns a very successful aviation leather company, so as you might have already guessed, he owns a couple airplanes and helicopters too.  One day last summer he flew his helicopter to camp and graciously took everyone that was there for a ride.

Mike and me in the helicopter before we took off
Mike and me in the helicopter before we took off

I’m not going to lie, I was pretty scared at first because like I mentioned earlier I am petrified of flying.  But I wasn’t going to let my fear stop me from this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Mike and me in the helicopter flying
Mike and me flying in the helicopter

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My Big Apple Adventure

NYC Skyline

This weekend Mike (my boyfriend of 3 years) and I went to NYC to visit my cousin Vanessa and her husband Nick. We’ve visited them a dozen times before, but this trip was extra special. Usually when we go down to the City we hit up all of the local bars and just kind of bounce around with no set plans, however this time we decided to do something neither Mike nor myself have done before. We decided to make this an educational trip and go to the American Museum of Natural History and the 9/11 Memorial.

A T-Rex fossil at the American Museum of Natural History
A T-Rex fossil at the American Museum of Natural History

Ever since the Night at the Museum was released back in 2006 with Ben Stiller, I have craved to go. To be completely honest, the museum was packed so it was a little overwhelming at times especially once we made it to the fourth floor, which was where all the dinosaur fossils were (the part I longed to see most). No surprise though since it was a Friday afternoon and we were in the middle of one of the largest cities in the world in one of the most popular museums ever created.  The T-Rex fossil that is depicted in the photo to the left was incredible to see, it honestly left me speechless. To think that this creature once roamed our Earth is remarkable.

Of course after the museum Mike and I did take a pit stop to grab a couple drinks.  We stopped at the Beacon Bar, which was right down the street from my cousins apartment. I recommend this sophisticated cocktail lounge to anyone who is near the Upper West Side or as NYC residents call it, UWS. When you walk in your eyes completely surpass the brilliant lit bar and they go right to the black leather couches in the center of the room. It really is a quaint little place, where you can unwind with friends by drinking a couple of their signature cocktails, while occasionally listening to live Jazz.

Saturday was a day that Mike and I had been looking forward to for a very long time. We were finally going to go to the 9/11 memorial. Back in 2001 when 9/11 occurred I was in 5th grade and Mike was in 7th. For anyone that was alive during this time, it’s something we will never forget. You probably remember everything about that day, like what you did in school or work, the rumors that began to circulate, the horrifying details that came to be known, watching the twin towers crumble to the ground right in front of your eyes, and all of the overwhelming emotions that flooded your body.

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