In the air over Grand Canyon

to the helicopter ride over grand canyon

To the Chopper Ride registration

 Fifteen days into our vacation, we were scheduled for a visit to the Grand Canyon. Having finished the ground tour of  the canyon, we waited for our turn at the chopper ride which would fly us over the canyon and ultimately drop us near the great Colorado River later for boat ride down the river.

After a long queue and a long wait finally it was our turn for the chopper ride. Me and my daughter were mighty excited since it was our first helicopter ride! My husband, being a airforce fighter pilot himself, was elated to fly over the canyon but not because he was in a chopper. However if he had the opportunity to fly a fighter over the canyon himself, then he would have been much excited!!

our chopper rideOur chopper pilot was a 75-year-old retired ex-army  pilot…still fit and strong. Once seated in the chopper with two more chinese passengers, he instructed us with dos and don’ts and then blades whirred into action lifting us up in the air.

Up in airSoon he was taking us deeper in the canyon, sometimes low and then higher allowing us to capture and marvel at the grandness of the wide canyon. He banked and maneuvered the chopper deftly and it simply was a thrilling experience.

The muddy waters of the River Colorado, looked like a stream from the air till he slowly dove the bird like chopper lower and lower…

Aerial view of Colorado

Aerial view of Colorado

over the boat ride landing area

The boat ride terminal from air

The helicopter deposited us with the boat ride crew and returned for next group of tourists. It would come back for us after an hour and till then we enjoyed the boat ride in the huge and mighty but muddy Colorado.

The Chopper ride was the highlight of our tour to the Grand Canyon and though quite expensive, was worth every dollar spent.

This post is also for A to Z Challenge.

 

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About Shoma Abhyankar

I believe "Life is short and the world is wide"and travel is best possible solution to make the best of this life.
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4 Responses to In the air over Grand Canyon

  1. stephen tremp says:

    Very cool. We’ve been to Arizona so many times and never seen the Grand Canyon. And we have family that lives in Phoenix. Must get out there this year.

    Stephen Tremp
    an A-Z Cohost
    @StephenTremp on Twitter

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    • 🙂 It always happens that if we are a frequent visitor to some area we tend to postpone seeing places for which others travel from far. The Canyon is great and I heard the eastern rim is also very beautiful with layers visible in rock and cave like formations. We went to the western rim of the canyon. Sure you must visit.

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  2. That would have been a lot of fun. I have only been in a helicopter once for a 10 minute ride and I loved every moment of it.

    Sean at His and Her Hobbies

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