This week’s contribution to Sue’s A Word A Week Challenge.
The word for the week is HIGH.
I’ve been to the top of quite a few bell towers, mountains and observation platforms throughout my travels. I’ve been aloft in helicopters and hot air balloons. I’ve even been up the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. But when I saw the word “HIGH” one experience stands out above all of the others.
This photo represents being up above the clouds – both physically and emotionally. I took a helicopter flight up over the glaciers on New Zealand’s South Island a few years ago. The experience included a flight from Franz Josef up across the glaciers to the summit of Mt Cook, a snow landing at the top of the glacier and then the descent back down to sea-level. This photo was taken just to the side of Mt Cook. You could see both sides of the South Island from this vantage point – soaring mountains dropping away to the ocean on either side. The helicopter was shaking from the force of the winds whipping around the mountain.
Landing on the snow was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. I was jumping around like a crazy person having the time of my life, throwing snowballs and soaking up the pristine, all-white environment that I had literally been dropped into. I was physically HIGH at over 2000m, and on an emotional high for the next three days after the trip.
If you’re in New Zealand’s South Island, spend the money on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and enjoy the HIGH.
x Sonia x