Wednesday, July 27, 2005

A Backwards We Will Go

A Backwards We Will Go Originally uploaded by Gelatomettista2.

So, like Ale, I can only recount the last two weeks in reverse. Although Ale and I hung out all weekend in Vegas, we did spend some quality time apart. Sunday morning at 8am, after 4 hours of sleep, tequila and cigar smoke still oozing out of my pores, I went on a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon. You can get there from Sin City in about 45 minutes. On the way, we flew over enormous Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam and then dropped down half a mile into the Canyon and touched down for some champagne and hors d'oeuvres.

The contrast between the serene, peaceful, stone cliffs of the Canyon and the noisy, crowded, cacophonous turbulence that is the Strip in Vegas was very moving emotionally. You really felt humbled and insignificant in the face of the majesty of Nature. I had seen the Grand Canyon several times before from the Southern end but never wandered much from usual tourist viewing sites. This time, I got to sit and stare and meditate at the base of the Canyon itself. I walked off from the group a bit and felt like I was the only person in the entire universe--that's how dwarfed you feel by the Canyon. The ride back was eventful as well as we checked out numerous colorful sand/rock formations and then zipped down the Vegas Strip. Here is a shot of the Bellagio where we ate the night before.


Masik said...

Damn Jim, that sounded like a cool excursion.

Carlos Martinez said...


I just wanted to thank you for continuing to provide us with brief insights into some of your travels around the globe.

Your#1 fan in Philly - Carlos

Tyler Wilken said...

I agree, the first time I visited Yellostone Park gave me the same feeling. All this, and I'm here?


Helicopters are fun for everyone, well, except for that Santa at the mall. He wanted to wave to the kids after he flew in on one.

Elayne said...

Ooh, lovely picture - more please! I tend to like staying on the ground when visiting my parents in Vegas, but my favorite place has to be Red Rocks.

GTJDorris said...

If you're into outdoorsy action adventure type vacations, I have to recommend to EVERYONE the only company in the world that does white wafter rafting trips the entire length of the Grand Canyon where you actually paddle yourself down the river. They're called AzRA, which stands for Arizona Raft Adventures, and you can do either just the first half, just the second, or 15 days/14 nights over 200-something miles the entire length of the Canyon. The best two weeks of my life.

It's incredibly, if you like hiking, camping, rafting, water, and long long trips, please consider this one. It's truly awesome.

-- Jonathan