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Big Kids Night Out At The Fair  and  Rotating Wing Across The Desert

CREDITS: © Ian Scott-Parker/PishTush.com
MAPS: flight area, and Sky Mountain (courtesy of Sky Mountain Golf Estates.)
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Purgatory Flats © Ian Scott ParkerUtah SR-9 Cutting © Ian Scott ParkerSky Mountain© Ian Scott ParkerRobinson Helicopter© Ian Scott Parker
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Brentwood © Ian Scott ParkerLower Quail Lake © Ian Scott ParkerQuail Lake © Ian Scott ParkerHelicopter Pilot © Ian Scott Parker
On the evening of Wednesday 6 August 2003, the Big Kids attended the Washington County Fair. Notwithstanding that our minder won the Grand Reserve Champion ribbon for her Sweet Zucchini Relish, the highlight of our visit had to be the helicopter ride. After checking with the pilot that she had never crashed, although we did wonder if the accident probability is lowered by flying with pilots who have statistically fulfilled their crash quotas, we rose gently into the air. That lady has a touch like a mother with her first born.

The thrilling fear and vertigo from the sensation of unsupported flight over the landscape, especially when sitting in the front passenger seat where everything from just in front of one's feet can be clearly seen through the surrounding plexiglass, was something we had never before experienced. The buzz lasted all night.

Over the intercom the pilot chatted with one of the passengers who seemed to have some piloting experience, and mentioned she had a helicopter of her own. When she said she used it to go shopping at the mall, your correspondent belly laughed so hard that the momentum of such a large independently oscillating mass threatened the stability of the craft. Those Arizona gals are something else.

We flew out over Sand Hollow State Park reservoir, which is so new that it is still filling up and does not appear on the maps; across State Route SR-9 over the southern end of Red Cliffs Recreation Site and Quail Lake State Park reservoir; and back over SR-9 to the fairground. From left to right in the pictures: the County Fair site on Purgatory Flats; the cutting where the east bound SR-9 breaches the lava pillows of a volcanic dyke intrusion when heading for the town of Hurricane & Zion National Park; and the outlying community of Sky Mountain, which is built around the town owned golf course just to the south of Hurricane. The helicopter is a Robinson four seater. Our thanks to AFlightAbove.com, and all the staff, for such a wonderful experience over the desert of southern Utah.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)