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An awfully big adventure

It seems to be a tradition among LJ users of my aquaintance that when in the south west of the US, one must visit the Grand Canyon. In order to make sure that I kept up the tradition, I spent this afternoon in a helicopter, travelling over the desert from Las Vegas to the southern end of the canyon, and had one of the best experiences of my life...

I'd never flown in a helicopter before, and was more than a little apprehensive. But, as the ground fell away beneath me, and we rushed headlong over desert, mountain, cliff and canyon, I found myself enjoying myself more than I've done for a long, long time...

Like Yosemite, the Grand Canyon is one of those places that more than lives up to the hype. The sight of the huge walls of stone looking over the river leaves you in awe of the power of nature, and of the aeons that unfold in the strata. The bleakness of the desert and the beauty of the colours of the rock and sand are something that will remain with me for many years.

Pictures can't do the day justice, but I filled the card in my digital camera, and flattened the battery on the video camera...

I've quickly edited a sample of the pictures from today, and so here are some scenes from my day...



Boarding our helicopter at Las Vegas' airport.



Flying out over the desert...



...we passed many mines, both working and abandoned.



Behind the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead shades from green to blue.



The walls of the Grand Canyon rise up from the desert.



Shadows show the shape of the rocks as we flew down into the canyon.



The helicopter found a precarious landing on a ledge near the bottom of the canyon...



...and a glass of champagne was the only way to celebrate our arrival.



The Colorado River ran brown at the bottom of the canyon.



The canyon walls glowed red in the light of the setting sun.



We flew back towards the sunset and the bright lights of Las Vegas

Comments

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ocean_song
Mar. 14th, 2004 08:50 pm (UTC)
Those are fucking AWESOME photos hon! Wow!!! I am very impressed. Lake Mead is beautiful, and you did a great job capturing the colors and shades of the canyon walls. Wow.

xxxooo
rowanf
Mar. 14th, 2004 10:31 pm (UTC)
Oh very cool! I love helicopters except for the noise. It isn't so bad now that they give you noise cancelling headphones but when I first rode in one it was amazingly loud. Random helicopter fact - When I was a child on Navy bases Santa Claus used to arrive by helicopter.
ang_grrr
Mar. 15th, 2004 12:05 am (UTC)
Woah!
drpete
Mar. 15th, 2004 01:43 am (UTC)
Cool pics Simon!

janetmiles
Mar. 15th, 2004 03:51 am (UTC)
I love the Grand Canyon, but never thought of seeing it from a helicopter. That was beautiful, and I thank you.
red_cloud
Mar. 15th, 2004 11:10 am (UTC)
Awesome!

Me, me, my turn, waaa!
marypcb
Mar. 15th, 2004 01:20 pm (UTC)
oh that looks fabulous! I so want to see the desert... it's almost enough to tempt me into a whirlycopter! I'm glad you got to do it and I'm glad you enjoyed it ;-)
natf
Mar. 15th, 2004 04:42 pm (UTC)
sbisson meet canyoncat! ;-)
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