One of the coolest things to do while in Vegas isn’t even in Vegas itself. Last time we were there, we took a helicopter ride from the Vegas airport out over the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the Grand Canyon. We didn’t fuss about with the sunset/picnic/champagne/cost-a-fortune trips, but that didn’t make any difference to how spectacular the views are out there. Lake Mead is full of ridiculous colours like emerald, the Hoover Dam is pretty ‘dam’ cool (ha.ha.ha.), and the coolest thing about the Grand Canyon has to be the lead up to it. When you’re flying, you approach it rather slowly, and I don’t know if it was just our pilot, but he seemed to make us rise above the edge of it, and suddenly it was just there. The viewing platform for everyone who drove hours out to the canyon looks breakable (don’t worry, it’s not!), and the lines of sediment on the rocks are pretty immense, especially to this former geology student. Anywho, this is one of my favourite photos from that heli trip, and be sure that more will crop up soon.