So my bucket list...where to start...? Well, OK, I don't have one. Who does? (please don't reply that you all have...!) I do love to travel though and part of my job involves travel, so in that respect I'm lucky, but I don't necessarily get to choose where and when I travel. Back in May however, I embarked on a very special trip, a trip that had been planned for a few years, a trip that would help myself, along with my two closest friends celebrate surviving the first forty years of our lives.....a trip to where else.... Las Vegas!
Honestly, most of the trip was spent where we expected....in the casinos or poker tournaments along either the strip or downtown Vegas, which was as expected...superb...
One day was different however.
The day started out like any other.....woke up after not enough sleep, got ready, headed out for breakfast and ended up in a poker tournament by 11am. What was different though, was that I had booked myself onto a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, and with that in mind, I 'purposely' played badly so I wouldn't risk missing my pick up....truth! So after finishing 'appropriately' placed in the competition, I headed back to the hotel to get ready for my pick up...16:30. I'd booked the 'sunset' tour.
Pick up was on time, I was first on the bus and we headed down the strip to four or five other hotels to pick up more people. After a 45 minute journey to the helicopter field, I was feeling a little 'delicate'...the weather and clouds were also closing in and by the time I checked in they advised that flights had been cancelled and there was a chance that mine could be also, or that the pilot may turn back and that we may not land in the base of the Grand Canyon....not good..certainly no sunset..!
I was given the option to cancel and reschedule but given that I was only there another two days, I decided to go with it, which I'm really pleased I did. Also, a friend who had been previously had suggested that I should try to get the front seat if possible...let me be clear to anyone else who is considering this...YOU SHOULD!!!!
So, what follows are the results of that helicopter ride....but perhaps just a final few points which I was pleased about.
1) The entire trip was shot on film...Ektar to be precise, which I love more and more every time I use it.
2) Cleary from the shots below, you'll see that the weather broke, in a good way...still no sunset, but plenty of sun.
3) Helicopter rides are bumpy (at least this one was) but I'm still happy with the clarity of the results... if you plan to do this, choose an appropriate shutter speed...!
Maybe one final point...if you have a bucket list, and this isn't on it...put it on...now!