11 minute video of my air tour to the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley.
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Today was one of the most enjoyable days I have ever spent. I just downloaded the pictures from my digital camera into the computer and I took over 350 pictures just today. It began early this morning just after sunrise when I flew from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon on a small twin engine plane. The flight to the Canyon took about an hour and fifteen minutes. We flew over Hoover Dam and Lake mead on the way for some great views. After landing it was a short bus ride to the Grand Canyon where we had an hour to explore before having to get back to the airport. I was able to walk part of the way down Bright Angel Trail into the canyon before having to come back up. It would have been nice to have had a little more time to get further down into the canyon. Probably best that I didn't though, there was snow on the trail and I probably would have slid into the canyon at some point.
After the short drive back to the airport is was back on the plane for another hour and fifteen minute flight to Monument Valley. This was a spectacular flight. The weather was perfect as we flew directly over the Grand Canyon in several places. As we headed east we also flew over Glen Canyon, Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge and last but not least Monument Valley. When the pilot announced that we were about to land I was puzzled as to where he planned to do that because there didn't appear to be an airport any where in sight. The airport consisted of one very small dirt runway, a wind sock and that's it. After landing we had lunch at a local lodge and then had a very nice tour of Monument Valley.
It was back on the plane after the tour. The Pilot really had to get the plane in the air fast before that small "runway" ended. The color of the landscape on the flight back was much different as the sun was now setting. We set down at the Grand Canyon Airport again for a quick refueling stop and then it was back in the air for the flight back to Las Vegas. Now completely dark, and I mean dark, not a light on in the plane and not a city or town within a hundred miles.
It was hard to decide what picture to attach today since I got so many great shots. So naturally I thought it was best to send a picture of myself. I think you can probably figure out where it was taken.
It was a long day, I had to get up at 4:30am and didn't get back to the hotel until after 7:30 tonight. But I got to see a lot of territory in three different states and spent five hours in the air. It was a blast. Don't look for any emails tomorrow. It's a 4 to 5 hour drive to Los Angeles, then at 10:30 tomorrow night it's a 15 hour flight to Sydney, Australia. So check your mailboxes in a couple of days for some reports from down under.
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