30.05.2007 - 01.06.2007 39 °C
Quick catch up time. We'd just booked the two sightseeing flights last time we were online. The first one was a hour and a half flight over the West rim of the Grand Canyon, and was great. We flew out of Boulder City (About a 20 minute bus ride from the Strip), up and over the Hoover Dam, along Lake Mead (all 100 plus miles of it!) and over the Canyon.
The whole set-up is huge, and not just a single canyon but loads of cracks and fissures along the river, flowing into it and around it. Very impressive (obviously). And we only saw a tiny bit!
The second flight was on our last night and is highly recommended! We were taken to the airport just as it got dark, and waited for a bit, before we did our helicopter flight along the strip. It was brilliant! The whole place is incredibly bright, everything's lit up, and at 300 feet it looks amazing! Plus we were lucky and got the two seats at the front next to the pilot.
After the helicopter flight we cashed in our (free) gambling money and headed for the roulette table. 75 dollars lasted around 20 minutes (and if there's not a lesson there then you just ain't gonna learn!) Seriously, it was fun, but even though the money was free, losing still gave that bitter feeling inside.
The following day we checked out, had lunch with our last voucher, and set off for the airport. Now, travelling along the Strip in Vegas (at least 3 miles) is done by double decker buses, which drive up and down all to infrequently. Getting anywhere else (the airport, a timeshare, a helicopter flight) is by a little minibus shuttle. After we waited for the airport shuttle to take us to the airport, and then the inter terminal shuttle to take us to T2, we were pleasantly surprised to see not a bus but a plane pull up onto the stand to take us to Canada. Phew. We set off on the Air Canada jet and said goodbye to the USA, for a while at least.