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One thing that sometimes gets me down when  navigating the virtual world is that it so often only captures the highs, the carefully curated moments of a person's life, that we deem worth sharing. As I bounce from blog to blog to Facebook post I often end up feeling like a very boring and stunted person as I look through everyone else's "highlight reel."

So I understand if this makes you mad...and I'm not trying to brag....but.....

I got to do something exceptionally awesome this week!

It all happened because I had some free time, the weather was gorgeous and I live in a very small town.  My husband had to take some aerial photos for a project he's working on and they just happened to have an extra seat on the helicopter!  So with about 5 minutes notice I was able to join them.

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Check it out, I'm pretty excited!  It was my first time in a helicopter and it was just as amazing as I had imagined.  The initial moment of lifting straight up in to the sky and just hovering made me break out in a permasmile.

What a treat to see this place I live, from above...but not that far above, helicopters can travel so close to the ground!  At one point we lifted straight up from the valley to pass over the ridge line and descend into the next drainage, what a sight to see the mountain side level with your eyes and then to ascend above  it. The mountains are all still completely snow covered, and riddled with avalanches...adding to the drama and beauty of the vistas.

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We saw a solitary set of tracks climbing up the valley, over the ridge and down.  Likely a hungry bear searching for something edible...see them there just to the left of center in the photo below?

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Being up there made me feel like the place I live is both more finite and more limitless at the same time.  I felt spurred to explore more this summer and traverse some of those high meadows and ridge lines    Actually seeing the landscape bolstered my confidence about exploring more of it, off the trails.

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How great is it to do something new, something for the first time?

As we get older it can be harder to grab those "firsts."

Other recent firsts for me:

having something for sale online

butchering a pig (can't wait to show you a couple photos from that one!)

splurging on flower laden hanging baskets just to add some color

driving a boat off the trailer and into the water....still need lessons about getting it back on

bought a ticket for a solo international trip....with a writing project in mind

What have you done for the first time recently?