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That Really Big Canyon
Monday, Jan 1, 2007 from Las Vegas, Nevada
In case you haven’t heard there is this really big canyon in Arizona. In matter of fact it’s one of the world’s seven natural wonders. Like, OMG it’s totally so big! I think it’s called like the Grand Canyon or something like that? Have you heard of it? Huh? Have you? Have you?
Alright enough of that kind of chat. Today I had one of those experiences on the trip that could be a once in a lifetime kind of thing. Heide and Carl told me they wanted to do something special for me while I was staying with them. We had planned to take a long day trip to the Grand Canyon, but it’s LONG from here and I’m on a tight schedule to try and get back up to date. So they surprised me, a nice treat, or a late Christmas present I suppose. Since we didn’t have time to drive they decided to treat me to the express route, a Grand Canyon tour via airplane.
What a coincidence. Ironically I joked with Adam and Kimmie two nights earlier that I wanted to take an air tour of the canyon. Little did I know that I would get to do it. It was about a 90-120 minute ride over the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Grand Canyon, and Mojave Desert. It’s one of the coolest touristy things I’ve ever done and I was able to see places of that Grand Canyon that I wouldn’t normally get to see. The land formations are magnificent. Along the way I was happy to meet some other travelers, two sisters from New Jersey, and Al from Virginia who is now living in Bermuda. And I have to give a special thanks to Al! (Al, if you ever read this get in touch with me! And thanks again!) I can add one more spectacular experience to the trip, one more for the memory books.
Thanks a bunch for the treat Heide and Carl!
Posted: Jan 1, 2007 | 329 words | 3 Comments
Comment by Kristi Sauer
From Hugo, MN
I need to go back there again...was the flying tour scary?
Comment by Bugsy
From Henderson, NV
Dave, Good stuff good stuff. But I have been to the, Crater Lake (sort of), Bad Lands, Death Valley, and a few others. But I think the APIMLTAT tour sounds like a great idea! I'll start working on sponsors. I think that one should be more camping, hiking, and adventure, not so much sociological junk. That's boring! Ha ha. Take care Dave.
Comment by Yer Decrepit Cousin Dave
From Grandville, MI
Counting your Grand Canyon fly over and the drive through the Redwoods, I believe you’re now batting .095 (2 for 21) on our National Parks (Mt. Rushmore was a National Monument, so it doesn’t count). There are also another five NPs in Utah. Call it vicarious frustration. I realize the Hometown Invasion Tour is a socialogical journalistic endeavor not a sightseeing trip, and by now your list of places to visit if only there were more time must number in the hundreds if not thousands. Maybe after you complete this journey and are all rested and written up, you can set forth on another loop around the country visiting all your new found friends and see everything you missed on the first go around. Call it the RUST (Rounding Up Stragglers Tour) or APIMLTAT (All the Places I Missed Last Time Around Tour). There’ll be plenty of time to work out a good acronym. Keep up the good work.