From the Air
If you want to experience something truly amazing in Sedona, you must go on a helicopter ride over the red rocks. Some friends and I took the Arizona Helicopter Adventures Ancient Ruins Tour and it totally rocked our world. We were lucky enough to be on one of their new door less helicopters. This is great if you are a photographer, but may be a little intimidating if you are nervous about heights and stuff. I have no qualms or fears when it comes to this type of thing so it was all good for me. The friend I was flying with was a little nervous, but she said after about 3 minutes she completely forgot to be scared of anything because it was so beautiful. And It was. Chills of excitement and wonder followed me all through the flight.
I had never been on a helicopter before and felt lucky to be able to sit in the front next to the pilot and all of his little knobby thingies. Flying in a copter is so different from flying in an airplane. It really feels as though you are floating along like a bubble. A fast bubble…lol…It helped that the cockpit where I sat was clear and dome like. We all had to wear these cool ear headphone sets and could communicate with the pilot and my two friends by using a button on the floor that I hit with my foot.
When we took off we hit a little rain, but this didn’t slow us down. There was scatter clouds that day so the views were just out of this world. We were so high, above the tallest red rock formations, spires and cliffs. We flew back into Secret Mountain Wilderness and over Boynton Canyon. I have hiked Boynton…the experience from the air is completely different. I just felt so small in relation to the towering walls around us. I can say that I revisited that moment when I first came to Sedona. How then, I had rounded the corner on highway 179, having never been or knowing anything about Sedona, and nearly drove off the road as I was made aware of how tiny I was in the face of the natural beauty that is Sedona. That was the feeling I had. Of wow.
The tour we was on was 20 minutes long and included flying by ancient ruins. I would highly recommend this to anyone really wanting to see Sedona as it should be seen.