The Grand Canyon

Mystic of Holyhead (successor to Lynn Rival)
Rachel and Paul Chandler
Mon 28 Oct 2019 20:31
From Bryce we drove to the eastern end of the Grand Canyon, passing down the western side of the Grand Staircase, through the town of Kanab - famous for featuring in Western movies.  Our route took us east through yet more wonderful scenery, leaving Utah and entering Arizona, passing the north entrance to the Grand Canyon with the Vermillion Cliffs on our left, then across the Colorado River at the Navajo bridge.

An excellent decoding sign at a viewpoint, looking back (north) over the Grand Staircase . . .

. . . and the real thing - nature's impression of a neapolitan ice cream?

It's that river again - Navajo bridge over the Colorado River, not far upstream from the Grand canyon

We arrived at the entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park just before sunset.  At that time of day the viewpoints are not so busy and, after a long day's drive we were happy to enjoy the spectacle for a while before driving to our hotel as darkness fell.

The Grand Canyon at sunset - looking upstream (to the north)

Looking across the canyon from the south side

The following day we took a helicopter ride to get a view from aloft.  It was Lynda's first trip in a helicopter and only our second so we were a little apprehensive.  Once in the air we were captivated by the views and our 40 minutes was over all too soon.

Over the edge for the Bird's Eye View.  A moment ago we were just above the treetops; now the altimeter shows 7,000 feet

Those rocks at the bottom are 2 billion years old (American billion, sorry)

Does that make them worth two pictures?

 High fliers!