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Helicopter ride over Hoover Dam & Grand Canyon

Updated on May 24, 2018
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Retired counselor, 341 short stories published by FSU. I have 4 sons, love sharing photography, writing, love travel, sunshine, sea & Grace.

Years ago I came over to America from England on a vacation. We rented an R.V. and toured through California, Arizona and Nevada. We arrived at the Hoover Dam & Grand Canyon area, and decided the best way to see both magnificent landmarks would be by helicopter. We paid our fee and were shuttled out to the airstrip. In front of us was a navy blue helicopter with an all-glass front. Our pilot came over and introduced himself and we got in. I was sat in the front seat, and then wished I hadn't once we were in the air...

I had no idea how I would feel going up in a helicopter, because it looks as though there is nothing below you at all! All you can see is straight through the glass and therefore all around and below you is clear; you feel very vulnerable but at the same time very excited and it is the best view imaginable! Our pilot was young and bold. He must have enjoyed the smell of fear emanating from me and so decided to take the helicopter in and out of the pylons and then swooped straight down deep into the dam, leaving my stomach in my mouth. He then climbed up the side of the dam at angles which defied gravity and made the helicopter (and me) groan. When we got as high as the tallest pylons he would once again weave in and out and swoop down at such a speed I received a temporary face-lift. He continued at this pace for the full half hour. It was outstanding and a great experience. When we got out my legs were wobbling and shaking so much I could barely walk!.... It took a little time for me to gather enough confidence to take our short jeep ride to our next flight.

We boarded the second helicopter along with another couple for our Grand Canyon flight. This was also an exceptional experience descending to the inner depths of the Grand Canyon and witnessing millions of years of geologic processes. We went so low, we could see the Indian dwellings and people milling around; we could even make out the brave (or stupid) people on ponies going down the precarious and narrow winding paths of the Canyon to the bottom. Then we soared up the rock face at top speed. It was nearing nightfall as we took our flight and as the sun lowered, it spread gold over the rock face, changing the colors to deep reds, pinks, mauve's and purples. It was truly magnificent. The pilot was experienced and knew all the best places to show us. We paid quite a lot of money for these two helicopter trips, but in truth, they were worth every cent as we look back on those memories as very special events in our lives.

Nowadays you don’t need to board two different helicopters to see the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon; they even land deep in the Canyon for a champagne picnic - 3,200 feet below the rim, and you can dine under an authentic Native American shelter. But we were happy and completely satisfied with our fantastic airborne adventures.

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    • brightforyou profile imageAUTHOR

      Helen Lewis 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi WillStarr, thanks for the comments and the link!

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      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      In the first picture, we can see the preliminary construction of the new bridge spanning the Colorado River, just down stream from Hoover Dam.

      It is now complete:

      http://bridgepros.com/projects/Hoover_Dam_Bypass_B...

      Excellent Hub brightforyou!

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      Siri Vedya 

      8 years ago from Stockholm, Sweden

      Nice view! my mother has always wanted to fly over the Grand Canyon =)

    • brightforyou profile imageAUTHOR

      Helen Lewis 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks petermdhart

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      petermdhart 

      8 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      Nice!

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      hafeezrm 

      8 years ago from Pakistan

      Helicopter Ride !!! Must be fantastic but I would not go for it unless it was the only way.

      Once in Morocco, I wanted to see Bride Market. I was told it would be held after three months and the place was completely deserted as of that time. There is absolutely no transport.

      I saw a bus going on the same road. Through a guide I came to know that the bus would go upto half way. I asked the driver that I wanted to charter the bus for the next half to the bride market. He agreed at US$80. This was my costliest ride.

      Bride Market was closed but the neigboring land scape and friendliness of the people around was awesome. I would never regret having spent $80 for a ride otherwise costing half a dollar.

      I hear at lot about "Walk the Sky" Bridge in Grand Canyon.

    • brightforyou profile imageAUTHOR

      Helen Lewis 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Yes, its a magnificent natural wonder!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      It is so beautiful. I love the pictures.

    • brightforyou profile imageAUTHOR

      Helen Lewis 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Yeah... can't wait til the next time!

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      Putz Ballard 

      8 years ago

      Awesome!

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