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 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.
Soon 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…
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.