Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Grand Canyon

We understand now why it's called The "Grand" Canyon!
Steve and I share our birthdays just 8 days apart and with us being in Arizona at just the right time,
I wanted to book an unforgettable excursion to celebrate at the Grand Canyon.
Neither of us have ever been there so we wanted to make our first view of the canyon an amazing memory we would share forever! 
I researched all the possible affordable sightseeing trips and it really came down between 2...
either the helicopter ride or the vista liner plane ride
The airplane ride it is and this is why...
taken from their website.

What's Included:

  • Scenic views of the Zuni Corridor, Imperial Point, Confluence of the
  • Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers, Kaibab National Forest and Kaibab Plateau
  • Tour Duration: Approximately 40-50 minutes
The South Rim Airplane Tour, originating from Grand Canyon National Park Airport, is an extremely affordable way for families and individuals to experience a large swath of the Grand Canyon National Parks central and Eastern Rims. 

Our Vistaliner airplanes feature oversize windows that make every seat the best seat 
and allows for post card quality pictures!
oh and its quiet, too. 
We wear headphones that give a nice narration and calming majestic music too!

We boarded at the Grand Canyon Airport early about 9:45 am

And wow! It was truly a bucket list event.

Steve has his gopro all ready as do many others!
We take a ton of video but of course I can't upload it to my blog.

We took off and seemed to be flying over trees when all of a sudden

the ground opened up to a massive canyon below us!

Our first view was incredible, even emotional!

Truly a religious experience as we see God's amazing handiwork.

We flew all along the perimeter and the whole ride lasted about 45 minutes.

We were able to see the colors and layers up close, even the Colorado river.

So beautiful and breathtaking!

What a sight to behold!

We really enjoyed it and it was worth every penny!

I would love to return and do the raft ride, helicopter ride, mule ride, and camping/hiking excursion.
It's a beautiful massive park.
One could just get lost here for a week or two...
After the airplane ride we just grabbed a burger and headed to the Grand Canyon National Park.
The grounds are beautiful with good parking and great walking trails. 

We walked right up to the ledge and were astonished at the first view just steps from the parking lot.

The views are breathtaking!

We enjoyed a leisurely stroll all around the south rim!

Taking in as many views as possible...

This park is huge and there are shuttle buses to take you all around the canyon
to see the various points of interest.

not today since our time here is so limited.

So we spend a couple of hours just sightseeing and breathing in the canyon with its amazing views and massive sunshine!

Soon, we have to call it a day.

We have an hour drive back to Flagstaff so we decide to take the scenic route 
through the the ski resort. 
It's beautiful...
and our hearts are full of such amazing sights!
We opt for an early evening since we have plans tomorrow to drive on Rt 66
and stand on a corner...

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