HOMESTEAD, FL—Following a tour of the Everglades National Park, helicopter passenger Pete Palmissano reported that the trip was basically every bit as amazing as he had anticipated since age 4. "Was it pretty much awesome? Yeah," Palmissano said of the 15-minute ride that featured two swoops and a full 40 seconds of hovering 20 feet over the ground. "It's a helicopter ride. Of course it was." Palmissano reported that in stark contrast to the thrill of his aviation experience, his drive back to the hotel in a rented Kia pretty much sucked.