I'd spoken so highly of flying over The Grand Canyon from my previous trip with Mike and Jay, so that was definitely listed as a highlight for our around-the-world trip. We'd seen a bit yesterday coming in to Las Vegas the previous evening, but I was hoping we could do the complete 4-pass VFR traverse that's allowed. Unfortunately the weather wasn't looking too good for that.
On the plus side though, Johannes had heard about the beauty of Bryce Canyon
The main souvenir shop and restaurant, Ruby's, provides a free shuttle service from the airport, so we took advantage of that. From there it was another free shuttle operated by the park service through the national park. To top off the free theme, it happened to be the annual celebration of the national park service founding, so we had free entry into the park. Great!
When I think national parks, I think shorts weather and sunshine
Flying back out of Bryce Canyon was in low overcast conditions. We had some rain en route but it wasn't choppy as forecast. Flying over the Grand Canyon was awash with the weather, but we figured we could do its tomorrow. As a consolation, flying into Vegas at sunset is a cool sight. It was fun to hear the controllers use the Stratosphere needle for navigation purposes. Apparently we had just missed a big storm in Vegas as that's all the FBO could talk about.
To complete the Vegas experience I wanted to show Johannes downtown Fremont Street as opposed to just going to the Strip again. It's a completely different vibe there and the people watching is intense. I'd read that El Cortez has the best blackjack odds in Vegas, so we sat down at a $3 table and after an hour had both won a whopping $1. No complaints there so we walked away content and went back to NYNY.
Routing: Bryce Canyon KBCE back to North Las Vegas KVGT: BCE V8 MMM at 14,000'
Bryce Canyon, a Vegas reprieve
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Bryce, Utah, United States