I have always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon. And I was so excited that I was finally able to go. And, if I do say so myself, I did it in style. I can now say without a doubt in my mind, the best way to see the Grand Canyon is from the sky.
On a cold, crisp December day I hopped into a helicopter for the first time. I was nervous and excited at the same time. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I get pretty bad motion sickness and an occasional bought of vertigo. But, even on that super windy day, I was just fine.
Flying High Over The Grand Canyon
First let me say this, riding in a helicopter is no joke –and this one had the doors closed. It was an adrenaline rush for me because you can feel the wind knocking you back and forth. I wasn’t scared, perse, but the ride definitely kept me on my toes. Especially when we dropped in on the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon from the Kaibab National Forest. It literally took my breath away (and it didn’t hurt that the pilot had Coldplay’s “Paradise” playing in the background).
From there we saw the Painted Desert, the Dragon Corridor, Marble Canyon, Point Imperial, and more. I can honestly say that it was one of the most humbling experiences of my entire life and it left me speechless. I stared out the window for what seemed like hours, even though the ride was only 50 minutes. Time just slowed down for me. I think it’s because there’s just something about flying over a piece of the world that is over 1.8 million years old and unchanged by humans.
After The Ride
After the ride, I spent the afternoon with my feet planted firmly on the ground. The rest of the day consisted of a walk around the rim taking in the views. Oh, and we got to see the sunset over the Colorado River. I’m going to let the photos do the rest of the talking…