The Netherlands is where you go when you are finally retired and ready to contemplate fields
of tulips as a routine form of entertainment. It’s also where you go when weed, girls and biking
en mass is what makes sense in life for you, and this may be well before or well into your
retirement plans. The Netherlands is about as big as the state of Maryland (not big) and offers
more excitement than California. Legally, that is. It is one of Europe’s soccer powers and beer
producing giants. In short, it is the closest place to heaven when you cross the Atlantic on your way to the Old Continent.
Upon arriving in Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands and a stag party hub for decades, you are halfway through important decision-making. First, you can choose to walk along the romantic, yet murky canals cluttered with houseboats or tour the Renaissance art museums. Or you can scratch that and hit the coffee shops, strip clubs, erotic shows and brothels first. Adult nightlife in Amsterdam is concentrated in three easy-to-find red light districts (http://www.redlightdistricts.net). The most heavy traffic runs through De Wallen. Mind you, you don’t have to sneak around looking all shy and wondering where the good stuff is. De Wallen is out there – easy to recognize, widely public and nothing to be ashamed of. As soon as you get out of Central Station, head in the direction of Nieuwenmarkt. The other two areas are also popular but slightly smaller – behind the Rejksmuseum and along Singel. Remain alert for the bright red and purple neon lights that shine from the first couple of stories of regular housing buildings – they signify the windows where you may want to stop and check out the temptations. If orientation is not your forte, you can always take a guided tour specifically designed to walk you through the areas and answer your pressing questions.
A little over a year ago, Shawn and Marie sent me an email requesting information on hiking to Phantom Ranch from the South Rim and back. This contact was the beginning of a friendship and adventure we will never forget.
Shawn and Marie went on their hike in May of 2009. Soon after their celebration was over, I received another email from them…would I be interested in rafting the Colorado River? Ofcourse! Judi and Marc set about finding the perfect company for bookings. It was sometime in July 2011, that we made our reservations with GRAND CANYON EXPEDITIONS.
By the time the trip would start we would be a party of nine. It seemed to take forever for our eight days and seven nights on the river to become a reality, but all of a sudden, there we were…meeting in Las Vegas and on to Lee’s Ferry for the ride of our lives.
Since the summer of 1988, I’ve logged almost 200 foot miles in Grand Canyon. Most of these miles were on the South Kaibab Trail and Bright Angel Trail going to and from Phantom Ranch. Other trails I have hiked are the Grandview Trail, Hermit Trail to Dripping Springs, part of the Clear Creek Trail and the North Kaibab Trail to Ribbon Falls. A couple of summers ago, we hiked the Uncle Jim Trail on the North Rim. Put on your boots, hat and day pack…turn the page, and I’ll take you with me on these trails.
From the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park you can see the Colorado River and Bright Angel Campground. My destination? Phantom Ranch which is just beyond the campground. Come along with me as I take you down the South Kaibab Trail from boarding the shuttle at Bright Angel Lodge to checking in at the Phantom Ranch canteen.
The new tourist attraction allows all the sights to be seen from above. From the air are fabulous views of the Grand Canyon surroundings. The walk takes about 2 hours and the route can be customized
The flights are 5 Native American helicopter “Enstrom 480 C”, which has two engines of the “Rolls Royce”. Since the new attraction now enjoy the first tourists. Interest in it is great, but the experience is indescribable. The flight is completely safe and does not require specialized training. While it is permissible to even include mobile phone and talk to them, explain American pilots of aircraft. Helicopter rides extremely soft and comfortable. It is designed to eliminate vibration and can land on slopes up to 15 degrees, explain pilots. Those wishing to ride may determine and exactly where to land. The helicopter flew at an altitude of 3900 meters, the maximum speed is 230 km, and the machine can remain airborne targets 4, 5 hours.
Price varies for each panoramic helicopter tour. “Fortuna Air” is the aviation company of Peter Stupelhead. There she supports facilities and hangars for servicing airplanes and helicopters, ground equipment and specialized vehicles.
Grand Canyon National Park is one of the more interesting venues being touted as a view spot for the annular eclipse of the sun May 20.
Ranger-assisted opportunities to view the eclipse will be provided on both rims. On the South Rim, NASA scientists and amateur astronomers will share their telescopes for views of the eclipse and of the night sky afterward. The Park Service says the largest concentration of telescopes will be behind the Grand Canyon Visitor Center on the South Rim, but telescopes will also be at Lipan Point, at the benches just west of the Desert View Watchtower and on the deck of the Watchtower itself.
Meet Chris Redding, the author of Corpse Whisperer, now available on Kindle!
What did I do today? Dragged a kid and two rabbits to a local 4-H fair. Why? Because we are a 4-H family. Son #2 takes care of and shows rabbits. This time our doe (female) got a very good. That is a red ribbon. The buck (male) won Best Senior Buck. That means he was the one on the table that was closest to the breed standard. He would have won Best Reserve in Breed if he hadn’t been moulting. Moulting is when the old fur comes off and new stuff comes in. His new coat is da bomb! And Best Reserve in Breed is given to a rabbit the opposite sex of who won Best in Breed.
But these things have nothing to do with writing. But it does. Sometimes life is more important than writing. Gasp. I know. We write. We submit. We polish. We submit. We promote. Is that all there is to life?
Nope. My kids are still sort of young. They still need me. Maybe not full time, but a lot of the time since it is summer. So for now some of my writing will be put aside. Because there is fun to be had and free ice cream to be had.
So while you are reading this I’m taking a break from the computer. You will all be here when I get back. (I hope!)
So in my stead, I’m leaving you with a question. This is for those of you who have seen Inception. A large portion of my life was spent in Emergency Medical Services. What glaring error is there in Inception that I would pick up?
Thanks for having me.
Bio for Chris Redding
Chris Redding wanted to be a writer since she was ten years old She belongs to Romance Writers of America and New Jersey Romance Writers. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two kids, a hound dog, a British cat and a black spotted rat. When she isn’t writing she works a part time job at her local hospital.