For my birthday, my wife bought me a half-hour seaplane-flying lesson, and today I cashed it in. I was in the back seat of a little two-seat seaplane, and once we were in the air over Lake Washington the pilot gave me the controls. I turned, ascended, descended; then the pilot landed on the water and I took off (woohoo!), climbed to about 900 feet, flew in the direction of downtown Seattle and then, after a very wide left turn, flew in the direction of Mount Baker. After the pilot landed on the lake I steered us along back to the dock. All this on a beautiful bright cloudless day.
Just about the best present I’ve ever gotten. If you’ve never flown before, I highly recommend it.