Sergio watched quietly from his front deck as a bald eagle soared majestically, high above. Circling on the air currents, it slowly ascended and descended, drifting northwards, then east, without once flapping its powerful wings.
The sight of this magnificent raptor captivated him like a child watching a Disney movie. It reminded him of something he had imagined as a young boy. If he could have one special ability, it would be the natural ability to fly! Yep!
“Imagine,” he would say to his friends when they were young, “being able to soar across the sky, high above the Earth! Imagine the potential! Imagine the adventure! Imagine what the world would look like!”
More than anything else, bald eagles really sparked his desire to fly. He remembers well the first time he saw one in the wild. He was on vacation in Banff, Alberta, visiting his daughters who were working there for the summer. On his third day in this picturesque national park on the eastern edge of the Rockies, he took a boat trip on Lake Minnewanka, a beautiful glacial lake just outside of the town of Banff. Near the far end of the lake, he spotted two eagles circling overhead. He and the other adventurers on the boat had the good fortune of observing them for several minutes, before watching them land high up in a fir tree on the lake’s edge. It was a spectacular moment, one that rekindled his dream of someday, himself, flying.
While soaring eagles held a special place in Sergio’s heart, he also loved to watch Canada geese winging over a lake, their wingtips almost touching the water. And he loved to watch terns and osprey diving from high up into a lake nab an unsuspecting fish. He could also sit for hours watching chickadees,finches and the like flitting through the trees and zipping in and out of his yard.
Humankind has held a deep fascination with the notion of flight since long before the Wright brothers made it possible … with their twelve second bi-winged airplane adventure in 1903. Kite flying actually began in China as early as several hundred years BC and the first successful hot air balloon flight took place in France in the 1700s.
These days, free flight and airborne adventure seekers get their kicks through sky diving, bungee jumping and wingsuit gliding.
But mechanized and hot-air balloon flight and the like is not what Sergio had in mind. Afterall, he had been on many air-travel trips, across the country and across the globe. As much as he enjoyed those trips, he had much greater aspirations. He wanted to literally be able to fly!
He actually did fly a plane once … sort of! He was on a short flight in a private plane, flown by a friend of a friend. The pilot asked him if he wanted to take over the controls and Sergio gladly accepted. For forty minutes, he flew that plane, including taking it from eight thousand feet to fifteen hundred feet through a hole in the clouds. It was an awesome experience!
The ability to fly, to Sergio, represented freedom. He could very easily imagine himself flying over farms and forests, cities and towns, and lakes and oceans, unaided by mechanized aerodynamics. It would be just him and the natural ability for flight!
He also imagined himself on many occasions heading out on a migration, perhaps with a flock of geese, or a flock of blackbirds, or perhaps even, with a flock of humans. They would end up in a tropical paradise and eat bananas and drink fruit cocktails.
And of course, having the ability to fly would not be complete without a trip around the world. Sergio could picture himself flying over the hot springs in Iceland, circling around castles in Ireland, winging over the fjords in Norway and landing in Town Square in Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia! He could see himself traveling with the wildebeests during their migration on the Serengeti, and hovering over Victoria Falls! And he could truly imagine a trip to the Pacific where he would soar over the Great Barrier Reef, hop from island to island in New Zealand and complete his aerial adventure with a flight to Tahiti and the French Polynesian Islands! Yes, it would be exhilarating!
Although his dream had more to do with flying naturally like an eagle, he did have a keen interest in jet packs and he wasn’t afraid to share his belief that in his lifetime, humans would be able to fly with them … affordably. He also believed that humans would be able to travel in air-cars.
Although he was optimistic, he understood … superficially, at least … that the human body, with its thick, heavy bone density … and lack of wings and aerodynamics … wasn’t exactly designed for flight. But it didn’t stop him from dreaming. Actually, he had had a few dreams over the years where he was flying. Whether these were astral travel dreams or just his vivid imagination at play, mattered not. It literally felt like he was flying!
Returning his attention to the bald eagle circling overhead, Sergio felt grateful for a few moments of imaginary freedom and a rekindling of his wishful dream of soaring fearlessly with the eagles! Welcome to the Hotel California! Awesome!
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