Jul 8, 2010
|Oh my, Having returned to my room at 6am a happy little drunk, i am glad I am well trained enough to put away my clothes, shower and pack in preparation for departure. I managed to get about an hours sleep before I was awoken. Feeling a bit giddy I literally rolled out of bed, down stairs and into the van.
Mmm, always a good idea at the time. Luckily for me there was a long drive ahead, so I snagged the rear seat and slept, slept, slept. The first stop was Hoover Dam.
Construction began in 1931 and completed in 1936. It still stands tall as an engineering marvel high above the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada. The building of Hoover Dam took the brilliance of over 200 engineers to pull-off what many deemed as almost impossible. And it was the fortitude of over 7,000 dam workers that endured amazingly harsh conditions and extreme dangers to complete Hoover Dam almost two years ahead of schedule. If you have the chance to watch the documentary on it, it is worthwhile. Such an amazing feat.
Back into the van and to sleep we left Nevada to enter Arizona. It is sooo ridiculously hot again today, worst so because of my hangover making me feel a little uncomfortable. We stopped to eat but not for long as everyone was complaining about the heat, so no-one felt like eating. Back into the van and more sleep.
By 4pm we arrived for our helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. Was that today? I wish I knew that last night! Into my bag to get some anti-nausea medication - I just didn't trust myself.
The Canyon Spirit tour departed from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon taking us over the beautiful Kaibab National Forest, home to the world's largest ponderosa pine forest. Upon reaching the edge of the canyon, the South Rim rapidly and astonishingly (remember the see through floor!) dropped away as the North Rim and eastern end of the canyon came into view - must be one of the most spectacular views in the entire canyon.
In the distance, we could see the Painted Desert and the Desert View Watchtower designed by the Hopi Indians, further on we followed the Colorado River upstream to where it merges with the Little Colorado River.
The view of Marble Canyon and Point Imperial as we flew through the canyon to climb above the North Rim was awe-ispiring with fabulous bird's-eye views once on the North Rim, and then the south through the Dragon Corridor, the widest and deepest part of the canyon.
The best money i've spent for an hours pure joy.
We carried on after our flight to camp, set up with lightning speed then whizzed to the lookout to catch sunset. No need to explain, look at the photo's....