was waiting to take us on our ride through the Grand Canyon. We'd seen the Canyon from the rim but were now going to descend below the rim and follow the Colorado river on it's journey through the Canyon.
I'm not nervous about flying in a plane but a small helicopter holding six passengers and the pilot was a little daunting. Pushing my hesitancy firmly away I climbed into the helicopter with MWM and the other four passengers, one of whom sat in the front with the pilot and we took off. I was surpised at how smooth the take off was and had soon forgotten all my nerves and was enjoying the view trying to capture it with my trusty camera.
Then the battery on my camera conked out and I didn't have a spare!!! Luckily MWM videod the whole thing but as it was a two hour trip I will just share the actual ride through the Canyon as we followed the Colorado River on it's journey, look out for the boat.
We actually landed in the Canyon to refuel and MWM was able to sit in front with the Pilot for the return journey - he was thrilled - I stayed in the middle of the seat in the back, that was close enough to the windows for me. The Canyon is even more amazing when you get below the rim, the whole experience was fantastic and has left us with fabulous memories.
and even stopped for a drink in one of the bars in there.
before heading back to the hotel for a rest.
I watched the lights of Las Vegas coming on through our hotel window
before getting ready for our evening out
to see 'The Rat Pack is Back' at the Rio Hotel. It's a fabulous show and the artistes were very believable as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, if you ever get to Vegas I can thoroughly recommend the show. We couldn't take any photographs inside but you can see the promotional video here.
After the show we were booked in to sample the 'Carnival World Buffet' at the Rio Hotel too. OMG I've never seen so much food!! From pizza to omelets, sushi to teppan yaki, fresh carved meats to Asian barbecue, homemade pies, cakes and pastries and a whole lot more. I defy anyone to come away from that buffet hungry.
Full to overflowing it was time to go back to the hotel and go to bed, ready for another full day and a visit to Hoover Dam on our last day in Vegas. Join me next time for Wonders Of The Golden West Part 7.