Yesterday Mary and I started the day with 11 other passengers to sight-see Canyon de Chelly in remote northeastern Arizona.
As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…
This is how it started…
This is how it ended…
Because the area is so remote, it took three hours after the accident before the first helicopter arrived.
1 – dead at scene,
4 – level 1 – critical – airlifted to Flagstaff for emergency surgery,
4 – level 2 – non critical – (I’m in this group) helicoptered from canyon floor to overlook parking (about 1,000 feet up) for 20 mile ambulance ride to Chinle, Arizona Medical Center. Received cat scan. I suffered no broken bones or internal injuries, but I took a real hard hit on my right-side rib cage and am experiencing frequent, sharp stabbing-like pains in that area. The doctor says that it is caused by gas bubbles in my intestines and can not do anything for the pain, but to let time take its course. I hurt from head to toe and am moving very slowly.
Mary suffered general bumps and bruises and also hurts from head to toe and moving very slowly.
More info in days to follow.
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