Saturday, July 17, 2010

Amazing Helicopter Flight

So, I took a group of high school graduates from Kentucky to the West Rim. Go figure one of their party got sick that day and they had a left over helicopter flight. They offered me the flight. I loved it. We flew down to the bottom of the canyon 4,000 feet below. Then got on a boat for twenty minutes. Then another flight back up to the top of the canyon. What a wonderful thing that was.
I put this picture in just for Tyler Kim. You like it? It was a 7 passenger with Sundance Helicopter.

This is me on the boat, although you can't tell very well as the water in the background is not blue, kind of a grayish silty color. But hot! I wanna tell ya! Hot! Hot! Hot!

On The Road Again

So, I have been doing the three day trips with JTB (Japanese Tour Bureau). What a fast and beautiful trip. Starting out with picking them up at the airport, then we head up to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. This is a spectacular view. We usually stay in Tusayan (several very nice hotels) then get up for sun rise in the morning. After that, breakfast, helicopter flights and off to the next destination, Monument Valley. We head out the East end as we leave the park and that is where I always see the deer and the elk. The elk, what a huge and interesting animal.

Day 2 consists of leaving the South rim of the Grand Canyon and heading out to Monument Valley, right on the boarder of Utah and Arizona. I had no idea what was waiting there in Monument Valley. Incredible mountain/cliffs that were just awesome. There are only two places to stay, Gouldings or The View. So far, I have only stayed at Gouldings, but you cant miss. Hotter than hot though, no matter where you stay.

So this is my view of Lake Powell and also of the Colorado River just below Glen Canyon Dam. This area was day 3 of my 3-day trip. We began in Monument Valley and headed out to Page Arizona for the Antelope Canyon Jeep Tour. I believe Brian did this with the Young Adults once as well. But, I love going back to Page. We have had some wonderful vacations here at Lake Powell.

Where did the Barkers go?

Well, a lot of you are wondering just where has Kathy been? Well, I went camping to the beach for Leo Carrillo and was called back to work because of the heavy amount of tourists. I have not stopped since. In fact, I have worked so much that I have compromised my health and am off to get better. So here are the pictures I have seen from going to the South rim of The Grand Canyon. Every morning when I take the tourists out, this is what I see. Deer and Elk!

I am totally enjoying what I do, and what I get to see every day. There is so much beauty in the world, I think people forget to enjoy the beauty we have in this country.

Our Family

Our Family
Sadly Outdated again. Kids???

Caroline and Kimmee

Caroline and Kimmee
This is just precious. I love these old fashion pictures.

Sweet Becky

Sweet Becky
Becky is no longer with us here on this earth. She died December 9, 2005 from brain trauma. She was hit by a car while crossing the street. She lived for 10 days. During that time she called everyone and told them how much she loved them all. We thought she would make it. Sadly she slipped back into a coma and died. She touched many lives and we treasure the times we had with her, especially those last days in the hospital. Her organs live on in 5 other people, one of them was a 3 month old baby. Another a young man 6 months younger than her. He brought her heart home. He came to see us last summer. Becky I am sure would have wanted to do this. We will always miss her.