It hit us. The Easter itis.
After plenty of hearty food and chocolates, the Sunday afternoon with a promise of Monday morning left me so lazy that even taking a nap felt like a chore.
With perfect weather outside, it seemed shameful to let it slip away without going out to enjoy it at least for a moment. But with every ending of another episode of The Office, Netflix conveniently played another. I was stuck.
Eventually, my hunger returned and I was forced to get up and make food. The struggle was real. But with the sudden burst of movement and a dose of quality pork chops and sweet potatoes, I decided to make an appearance in the new Spring sunshine.
The Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve
"We're going to take photos," I told my girl, Kelsey.
"Of what?" She asked.
"Anything. We just have to go outside."
We decided to take the drone out to fly around a local bird preserve. It sounds lame, but this place (only two miles from my house), is a large spiral structure in the valley of massive, snowcapped mountains. And we were visiting at sunset!
Fortunately, I had no idea drones weren't allowed here. So I let Corona II fly up to 500 meters without any obstructions, towers, or buildings to worry about. It was a drone playground.
I had a small heart attack when I let it reach heights so great that I lost sight of it, and then it completely lost signal. The last time that happened, Corona I died, hence my current ownership of Corona II.
Corona II's shot at 150 meters
And for those of you who think I named my drone after a light beer (even though it's my favorite), this drone takes the name of our nation's first photo taking spy satellite. A little history lesson for you kids.
Anyway, I managed to get the signal back before my plastic helicopter fell from 1,600+ feet. I landed the little guy, and we were planning to leave.
Suddenly, a dude approached us, and asked how long I had had the drone.
"This one, about a year," I replied. "But I've had drones for about three years."
Kelsey and I meeting the photographer, photo taken by Corona II
"That's cool man! I've got one too. I'm about to shoot a proposal right here, in just a few minutes," he surprised us.
"Wait, for real? That's awesome! Need some help?"
"Actually," he said looking at our camera, "you want to take photos?"
"We'd love to."
We posted up at the top of the spiral tower, pretending to take photos of the landscape.
A man dressed in a suit with a beautiful woman stepped onto our top floor, and began to tell her why this place was so amazing.
The guy in the suit knew the photographer, but the woman didn't. The photographer knew Kelsey and I, but both the guy and the woman didn't. This would be interesting.
Then, following the famous question and a delightful, "yes", all cameras turned at once to capture this once in a lifetime moment.
She said "yes"
We never would have stumbled on this experience if we had settled for another episode of Dwight and Michael fooling around. Nor would we have captured the amazing photos in this post. I can say that we nearly lost the drone, but sometimes risk is all part of adventure. It's the parts you can't guess that make it fun.
Even though, in this case, I think we were all pretty sure that this girl had wanted to say yes to that man her whole life. Congratulations, you two!