But! There was real flying! Jan Michael handled the take-off and zooming all the way to our house in order to buzz our neighborhood AND he did all kinds of fancy things like banking turns and full circles. We also - you may want to sit down for this, it's so amazing - flew over the zoo and saw elephants and giraffes and flamingos milling around.
The whole thing, from start to finish, was an enormous treat and I kind of hope he decides he wants to do it again :)
Now, we knew our valley was beautiful from the ground, but from up above? Totally, completely, altogether stop-my-heart astonishing: