Today was my best day…I had the single most breathtaking experience of my life aside from Shannon on our wedding day; the Grand Canyon. I have always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon, but severely underestimated its significance. No words or photographs will ever do it full justice; the colors, lines, depth…phenomenal!
Completely inspired by the scenic views, we were all in full agreement that we needed to take this experience to the next level with a helicopter tour. As the helicopter started to cross over the canyon, I felt the most extreme combination of fear and awe. The views from the helicopter provide an incomparable experience. However, as we rolled into different areas of the canyon, you could feel the helicopter swaying and making different noises as the air currents changed. This left me with a very uneasy feeling until we crossed back over the edge and I regained my false sense of security.Still desiring a different experience of this amazing place, we went to the nearby IMAX theater to watch a National Geographic film. The film took us further down the canyon, simulated flight through the canyon, gave us views looking up from the Colorado River, illustrated the power of the Colorado River rapids, and provided a history of the exploration. Overall, a great enhancement to the experience.
Ryan has recently gotten heavily into photography researching various techniques to capture the best images. Ryan mentioned that the best pictures are taken at dawn and sunset, so at about 5:30 in the evening we decided to return to the canyon for yet another different experience and to capture more photos.
There is nothing more I can say…if you haven’t been to the Grand canyon, GO!! Also, if you enjoy aerial photography and still want to see more, I would highly recommend checking out John Griebsch’s work. John captures amazing images internationally while flying his Cesna. Shannon and I are huge fans of his work.