it’s most definitely an experience i’ll never forget! while on hamilton island, we took a helicopter one morning out to the great barrier reef to go snorkeling! taking a helicopter ride has been on my bucket list since i was little. i have literally dreamed of this for ages, and when we realized they had the option on the island AND that the kids were allowed to ride, i could not contain myself. every time i watch the bachelor or the bachelorette and they take a helicopter to some romantic spot (yes, i love that show. ben, you better pick lauren b. ps!), i am always jealous. in fact i seriously feel so stupid saying this, but i felt like i was 5 the night before we went, because i couldn’t sleep i was so excited.
anyway, the helicopter ride was incredible. the section of the great barrier reef where we landed to snorkel was unfortunately not that great. we had heard nothing but incredible things, but sadly the reef area was pretty grey and we didn’t see much color or wildlife (we did see some fish and sea turtles close up by the boat!) however, just to be at the great barrier reef was blowing my mind! and to see eleanor and samson be brave and put on the gear and get in the water and look under was so amazing. josh and i took turns in the water while the other one held conrad who was too small to snorkel, but there was a huge sea turtle hanging out by the boat, and the kids got to stand in the water and feed the fish which would make them swarm all around their legs and feet! this is most definitely a trip of a lifetime for us and one we’ll never forget.
by the helicopter! (this was taken after our snorkeling adventures right before we took off to head back to hamilton island! conrad was ready for his morning nap, which he took in the helicopter!)
the pilot and co-pilot were the sweetest, letting eleanor and samson chat with them through the headsets (not sure if you remember, but they asked for and got these headsets for christmas last year because they are obsessed with them! i think it’s part astronaut part pilot?) so it was fun for them to get to feel the action in real life!
photo courtesy of mister samson. ;) i feel like it looks like i am literally nursing conrad in like, every picture this trip. honestly, it helped keep him calm (and i swear it helped his ears) when we’re flying. especially since he didn’t love keeping the headset on.
these views were truly unreal. i felt like a broken record as i kept saying, “wow!” and “look!”
do you see the heart shaped reef?!
samson’s face here! haha. he could.not.wait.
eleanor knelt here by the fish for maybe ten minutes just watching them!
out of focus, but still love it, because we are on a helicopter.
truly the trip of a lifetime for us, and i just can’t even believe it happened!