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Day 70 Nevada - Grand Canyon (-7 GMT)

sunny 30 °C

Today we did a trip to the Grand Canyon. A mini-bus picked us up at 10am and took us towards Boulder City and a small airstrip about 30-45 minutes drive from the strip.
We flew in a Twin Otter Vistaliner plane with huge viewing windows. The journey takes about 30 minutes and flies over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam.
Hoover Dam was completed in 1936 and contains enough concrete to pave a two-lane highway from San Francisco to New York.

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We landed at the West Rim and visited Eagle Point (where the Skywalk is) and Guano Point where we had lunch. Eagle Point is so called because of the V shape in the rock that look a little like an eagle in flight. Guano Point is named after the guano (or Bat Poo) that was mined there. Bat poo is very rich in nitrate so was a prized fertilizer for gardeners.

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We had about an hour and three-quarters to visit these two areas and eat, so the time went very quickly. Our next stop was the heli pad for our descent to the floor of the Grand Canyon (4000 ft).

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The Colorado River was very muddy looking, the guide estimated the water was flowing at about 8 miles an hour today which is considered slow. The water was quite icy.
A boat took us on a quick trip along the river. The green stripe in the 2nd picture is Turquoise.

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From the boat, we took the helicopter back to the top and then sadly it was time to catch the plane home. All in all, a very good trip.

Posted by RobBuckley 19:03 Archived in USA Tagged round_the_world

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