I have an obsession with taking pictures from planes. All my personal items are properly stowed away during take off and landing--except my camera. I don't know why I am so fascinated with aerial views, but I just think it so cool! I have countless photos of mountain ranges, rivers, canyons, and cities taken from planes. Whenever I am on a plane without one of those cool screens that show you where above the earth you are, I like to guess where I am. It's my favorite plane game. However, when I flew over Europe I was very happy to have one of those cool screens so I could know exactly what countries I was photographing from the sky. I made sure I got a picture of each country and here is what I come up with:
This is Germany.
This is Belgium which looks just like Germany.
This is Holland (Amsterdam) which looks just like Belgium which looks just like Germany.
This is England which looks just like Holland which looks just like Belgium which looks just like Germany.
This is Scotland which looks just like England which looks just like Holland which looks just like Belgium which looks just Germany.
This is Ireland which looks just like Scotland which looks just like England which looks just like Holland which looks just Belgium which looks just like Germany.
Then I fell fast asleep as we traveled for quite some time over the North Atlantic Ocean and then we came upon Quebec, Canada. It did not look like Ireland or Scotland or England or Holland or Belgium or Germany.
I think it was the snow that set it apart.
<--Oh yeah, this is Quebec.
Then it was cloudy all the way back over the US to Atlanta. So I went to sleep again.
Friday, February 15, 2008
You know how sometimes in the cartoons they make one of the characters roll down a snowy hill in a large snowball and all you can see are arms and legs sticking out of the snowball as it rolls down the hill? Well, that is exactly how my friend Germaphobe looked when she fell off her intertube while we were snow tubing last weekend. So imagine that image plus her intertube rolling along side of her like a tire down the hill and you might be able to laugh as half as hard as I did. It is a yearly tradition for us to go snow tubing just over the NC State Line and of all the trips we have taken, the award of Best Wipe Out was certainly awarded to the Germaphobe on this very day! It was a historic moment.
I am really glad that we got to go last weekend for some slippery fun on the fake snow. I was hoping to have some more fun on slippery fake snow this weekend at Maggie Valley, North Carolina on a snowboarding trip. Then I checked out the weather report. RAIN! It would be a blast to go snowboarding at least twice this year. However, snowboarding in the rain....not so much. I will hopefully be able to make it out to Utah next month for some snowboarding. And at least when I go out there, there should be real snow on the slopes. It's been snowing like crazy out there... or so I have been told!
Speaking of snow, it has snowed here in Georgia TWICE this winter and within the SAME WEEK! It's the first time that we have had any accumulation in the metro-Atlanta area in four years! But as much as I love snow, I am a little burned out on winter. I am ready for a little warmth and missing being in a place like this...
Ahhhh, I can feel the warmth of the sun on my skin right now. Actually, I got a little sunburned the day I took this picture, so I am trying to remember the warmth without the sting.