hello from 30,000 feet above youPosted: December 24, 2010
I’m currently flying tens of thousands of feet above planet earth. I wonder how many birds have flown higher than me? The highest soaring bird that we humans have recorded was a Ruppell’s Griffon vulture, who’s stunning flight met an untimely match with a jet engine at 37, 900 ft. How high was he capable of going?
Thanks to Delta’s free wi-fi I can at least show you some of the views such creatures are accustomed to!
The patterns of snow and cloud on the up-heaved earth are stunning.
“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean.
From it we have learned most of what we know.
Recently, we have waded a little out to sea,
enough to dampen our toes
or, at most, wet our ankles.
The water seems inviting.
The ocean calls.