13.10.2014 - 13.10.2014
A new Tour van driver today, Rick. Friendly with a good sense of humour. A bit too lenient with giving people deadlines for getting back on the bus though so he ended up being a bit panicy for time.
Nice drive to Grand Canyon, first through Oak Creek Canyon. Great geology here and we drove through and up very windy road like in NZ and onto the great plateau then over the plains
Juniper trees groing every where. Very flat lands and kept seeing signs for the Highway to L A. Seemed strange to see. Pondarosa pines became more predominant and another variety that were shorter and the forest very sparse compared to our pine forests at home. Very dry here.
We had decided the day before to book a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon as the price was better than Ralph had thought it would be.....still quite pricey but we will only do this once, and Tor had reports of it being a 'must do'.
Finally arrived at the Grand Canyon Airport and went to get our flight tickets then wait our turn. Getting very excited. A computer calculated where we should sit according to our weight, so no fights. I got front right!! Ralph directly behind me. 7 of us plus the pilot who joked with us he had only been in this job for 5 days!!! No 5 years. All bolted in and safety brief over and we were off....ACDC music playing and lyrics about Angels and Death.....great for the poor girl next to him who was scared about the whole thing.
Well, skimming over the tree tops, seeing the ground getting a bit further down.....a oit 7mins to the rim. Then Oh My God as we went over the edge.....!!!!! What an incredible experience....OMG is all I could say for thr first 10 seconds or so. It was indescribable....the size, the colour the magesticness of this place and the hole in the earth that it is. Felt surreal and awestruck. We got to the North Rim across the Canyon after flying for 20 minutes and were told that it woild take 5 hrs to drive to that point. For rafters who go down the Colorado River it takes them 7 days to do the Grand Canyon Section...WowWow.
Getting the vidoe of our flight sent to our home. Should be there when we arrive.
Back on the mini bus and still in awe of this experience. Would sooo recommend it. Arrived Grand Canyon Town, look and pics at tne Rim there. Still looked incredible. Said farewell to Tor and the group and were dropped off at our Hotel. Different as our room was in a block of 4 in the pines. Hot and a bit of a mission to drag our bags there over the pine cones etc.
Looked out onto sparse short pine trees, stones, woodpeckers and squirrels.
Some laundry a rest and then a walk.
Found oit where to head along pathto the Rim near us. Ever differnt as the sun moves around. Had a walk down the donkey/mule track. Not too far though as pretty dry and dusty. Lots of stops and pics as its just so captivating.
Heard the big Diesel train leave with its great load of day trippers. Slept well but very hot and laundry dried in super quick time.