So if you know a little about us, you know how much we love to fly.
Especially when we get the chance to get up in a helicopter. There’s a certain thrill you get – that rush of adrenaline – when you feel the distinctive motion of the chopper lifting away from the earth and floating into the sky. And we always prefer to go “doors-off” when we fly, which adds another very cool level of excitement and immersion to the whole experience. So yeah. If you’ve never been up in a helicopter, you’ve gotta give it a go. At least once.
So when we got the chance to take a sky ride over Panama City Beach we naturally jumped at it. And so glad we did! As you’ll see, it was an awesome ride and the views were just spectacular. JR and the gang at Panhandle Helicopter are super folks and took great care of us. But still, we’ve actually been going back and forth as to whether or not we should actually share this video with you guys.
Why is that exactly? Well as we’ve mentioned a few times in this series on Panama City Beach for Tripfilms, our visit to town came right after an unusually nasty period of heavy, heavy rains in the area that – among other things – turned the clear, beautiful waters on the Emerald Coast a dingy, greenish-brown color. You can see it in our other PCB videos – and you will most definitely notice it in this one, since we’re up there getting the birds-eye view. And it would be a disservice to folks there if we didn’t point that out before you watched. So don’t let the color of the water “color” your impressions of the area. (Ha! Clever, huh?)
So! Now. Having said that, here are the highlights from our sky ride. Hope y’all enjoy! (And be sure to click the HD button for better viewing.)
Next time: we head over for some sun and sand at beautiful Shell Island! And be sure to check out our other videos from Panama City Beach:
Two for the Road: A Visit to Panama City Beach (Overview)
Two for the Road: A Day at Gulf World