The Grand Canyon is amongst the seven wonders of the world.
I was blown away at its immense size and unique combinations of geologic color and erosional striations and it was not the first time I had seen the canyon. This epic canyon is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. Because of the tour operators close relationship with the Hualapai Tribe, our helicopter was able to land down in the canyon where you can explore the landscape from the ground. This is the only area where landing is allowed in the canyon.
I have to admit on this particular trip we did not do much exploring. My long term friend and I sipped champagne from a plastic cup, enjoyed the view and took selfies!
It was October in the Arizonian Dessert which meant the afternoons were still warm with good sun. I have visited the Canyon on another occasion in August that year and the heat was diabolical. Do consider the temperature if you wish to tour the Canyon on foot .
My good friend Tom was the pilot for us that day. I was in the heart of Las Vegas. Modelling and posing for a group of photographers at a camera convention when I took a phone call from my dear friend. Tom had two seats available leaving on a tour in the next two hours and had invited us along. I desperately wanted my girly friend to experience the sighting of the Canyon. I finished up my shoot and dashed for our waiting car to take us to the airport. Hence in the photographs I have a
face full of make up!
On arrival we were taken through the safety briefs, introduced to fellow guests and given the two front seats! We connected our headphones up and listened to the commentary whilst joining in the banter..
We proceeded with our journey taking in the delight of the stunning aerial views of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and of course the Grand Canyon. After a while it was time to alight at the bottom of the canyon on a private plateau overlooking the mighty Colorado River. The sun was setting and the scene was truly ambient.
After our magical experience we took the helicopter flight back to the airport whilst dusk was approaching. I have flown into Las Vegas many times at dark but this descent is a memory I will hold forever. Slowly and smoothly we glided through the air whilst witnessing the spectacular bright lights of Las Vegas. There cannot be any other helicopter excursion that offers so many experiences all in one afternoon!