Me posing with the pilot just moments after climbing off my amazing ride on the Spirit of Goodyear.
AKRON -- It's an opportunity few get, but many desire: Taking a ride in a Goodyear blimp.
Wednesday morning, I was given the chance to do just that.
The 9 a.m. flight -- one of the last aboard the Spirit of Goodyear blimp in Akron before it retires in Florida -- was a one-hour, delightful journey.
See photos from my flight
Although the small, mini van-sized cabin swayed like a boat before takeoff, the slow giant swiftly soared into the crisp, clear skies.
And what a beautiful morning it was for the adventure.
As we rose above Wingfoot Lake, Mother Nature smiled by splashing us in sunshine, offering views that spanned south of Canton all the way to the glimmering top of Key Bank's tower in downtown Cleveland.
Our pilot gladly took us all over downtown Akron: InfoCision Stadium, the Central Interchange, the Akron-Fulton Airport, Derby Downs, the old Rubber Bowl, Springfield High School, Springfield Lake and -- by special request -- above the Haunted Laboratory on Triplett Blvd. Why? I wanted an aerial picture of the Goddess of Flight winged sculpture who proudly clutches a blimp on the back of the building (formerly the Guggenheim Airship Institute).
Even cooler? I even saw my house in the distance!
A few of my Facebook friends were watching the skies and kindly snapped a few photos as we flew overhead, allowing me to see my ride from the ground.
The journey lasted a tad more than an hour, almost like catching a flight from here to Chicago -- only this was a much more enjoyable experience.
Our top speed? 30 mph with tailwinds. Our speed the bulk of the flight? 10 mph.
Since my experience, everybody has been asking what it's like riding in the blimp.
It's like being attached to the bottom of a cloud.
The ride is extremely calm, but incredibly loud.
More importantly, totally unforgettable.
Have you ever ridden on a blimp? If so, share details of your journey by leaving a comment in the section below!