Do I look like I’ve been up since 3:45 am? Let me tell you — it was worth it! Because I managed to drag myself to the airport by 5:30 am to meet up with Papillon helicopters by late morning, I got to see the sunrise over the Grand Canyon as I flew from Boulder City, Nevada (20 minutes from my house in Las Vegas) to the South Rim. And that was before I got to experience the Canyon in two very different ways. In fact, this unique excursion on Papillon proved to be such an exciting, fun-filled day that I forgot to be tired. As far as day trips go, this was the best of the best! This was my third visit to the world-famous national park; each was special in its own way, but this one was definitely the most exhilarating. And did I mention it was brand-new? I love being among the first to try anything!
Like I said, my little group of Las Vegans met at the Boulder City airport at 5:30 am. There, we boarded a private plane, my third private flight in a very short amount of time. My life is definitely in a strange phase. I’m getting spoiled!
It was very early in the morning, but we were all smiles!
The sunrise was stunning — first the light came up over Boulder City, and then Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam.
Then, finally we saw the early morning sun shed light on the magnificent Grand Canyon.
After we landed near the South Rim of the Canyon, we ate breakfast and headed to the heli-pads. I love helicopter rides! My first time was also in the Grand Canyon, when I went to Grand Canyon Ranch, which is on the way from Vegas to the West Rim. The helicopters were bigger on that tour, and we all wore headsets with microphones so we could chat with the pilot. At Papillon, the recorded tour seemed a bit impersonal, but I’m sure the tourists we had in our ‘copter enjoyed the Dutch recording that was offered! They had every language. It is so cool to see the Canyon like that — I really couldn’t recommend the helicopter any more.
Lucky for me, I got shotgun! It was just me, the pilot, and unobstructed views of the Grand Canyon.
Enjoy some of late morning shots I got of the South Rim!