I had my first Walmart experience today, and just as I always suspected it is the US version of Big W….so I liked it, after my Walmart expereince I headed over to In and Out burger which was surprisingly good, I had never heard of the place but lots of other on the tour said its highly recommended. It had 3 options on the menu which were all burger and they all came out nicely glisening of oil….yum.
Back on the bus and down to part of the old Route 66 where we stopped in this small town for souveniers and it is also the town that the Cars movie was based on. Not much going on here at all, so back on the bus.
Finally arriving at the Grand Canyon at sunset and it was freezing cold and snowing a little, didn’t get to see much of it as it was now nighttime so we checked into the hotel and got some desperately needed sleep.
Grand Canyon Day 2 – Woke up early as today was the day for my first ever Helicopter ride, I don’t know why it has taken my so long to ever take a trip in one but today that ends. Short drive to the airport where we checked in and got weighed since you have to evenly distribute the weight throughout the chopper otherwise it will just go around in circles Watching the little safety videos, got our boarding passes and waiting for our ride. I got to go in Bell chopper, which was a bit on the older side but still cool, luckily we all got window seats and off we went for a 40min ride of the North and South areas of the canyon. I did have to stick the camera out the window to get some good shots but I did have a firm grip on it I can tell you. To be honest I must say I loved being in the chopper more than the view (not that the view was bad in the slightest). I definitely want to learn to fly choppers now, I want one.
After the ”high” from the chopper ride we went back to the hotel on the Southern Rim of the Canyon for a free day. I went up to do part of the Scenic Rim walk (approx 5km), saw some old Indian paintings which were very faded and useless to see and 5 km later ended up at Visitor Centre to watch a movie on the canyon formation where I bumped into a couple of the girls from the trip. So I decided to hook up with them and as they wanted something fun to do (there is only so much canyon you can look at in a day) we went off and did the “Junior Ranger Program”. After some intense questions and so Leonardo style artwork we all completed the program and I can now say I have been sworn in as a Junior Ranger at the Grand Canyon – I have a badge and certificate to prove it :P
Super Bowl was on tonight so we went to the pub to watch it, wasn’t really my thing so after watching the halftime show and the adds we went and got dinner, which was crap but lacking in other options had some of it. NY Giants won the Bowl by the way, our Bus driver Ray was going for the New England Patriots so I hope he is a bit happier tomorrow when he has to drive us around, he was apparently a bit pissed they lost.
So thats about my day and experience of the Canyon, I wouldn’t mind coming back one day to Raft the entire length of the Canyon, that would be cool, just put that on the list.
I must say writing these things is hard as I am so tired to be writing anything let along something coherent, time for bed.
Next stop…..I forget - I will keep it a surprise