Day 9: Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam
We were lucky enough to receive a fabulous gift of a trip to Grand Canyon, by helicopter, courtesy of Lisa's folks (Reg and Joan) and sister Donna & better half, Ian.
Hence a dedicated page for the event!
The trip we chose lasted from about 8 in the morning until mid-afternoon. A minibus collects everyone from respective hotels around Las Vegas, offloading at the Heliport by McCarran International Airport. After a weigh-in (!) so that the pilots can assign balanced seating arrangements to all passengers, you're off...
|Passing right overhead Hoover Dam. Constructed in 1935, one of the highest ever built. Workers had to live in a nearby purpose-built village (Boulder City) in which Gambling was illegal - this ensured their timely arrival for shifts, as Vegas was too far for an evening trip to gamble away the wages...|
So here we are on the canyon floor. Because of nearby Indian Reservations, the choppers can only fly into a restricted area of Grand Canyon, but it's good enough to feel the grandeur of the place. Although it can feel a bit like an airport at times! Champagne and mid-morning snack laid on in the shade...
Colorado River snakes through the canyon, and stays brown until it reaches lake Mead.