Tuesday, March 06, 2007

My Knees Are Already Shaking

This May, I'm heading to the Grand Canyon. I've never been before (or to that part of the country for that matter), but I'm very excited. I haven't really started researching yet for my trip, but yesterday in the Times, I saw this:
This is the new Grand Canyon Skywalk scheduled to open on March 28. The developers used one million pounds of steel to create a bridge that can hold the weight of 71 fully loaded Boeing 747s (about 71 million lbs.) and withstand 100+ mph winds. But only 125 people will be let on at the time. Oh and worried about tripping? You get some covers for your shoes to help prevent slippage.

I think this is so dope. You get to go out on this floating walkway and look ALLLL THE WAAAY DOWN 4,000 feet (that's higher than any of the highest skyscrapers in the world) through the glass floor, which will need to be cleaned of vomit, I'm sure, throughout the day. A lot of people are criticizing this project as an eyesore to the Canyon, but I think, why not? There are already hotels, landing strips, motor boat docks, and helipads all over the Canyon. Plus this is a more wholesome way than a casino to make money for the Hualapai Indians.

Check out these construction workers. They're sticking out 70 feet from the edge of the Grand Canyon to install the walkway!

My only question is why do I have to pay some package prices, that include photo ops with the Indians and cowboy demonstrations, to walk on the walkway that I've already driven 242 miles out of my way to come see?

1 comment:

teahouse said...

OMG..that does look dope!!

I've never been to the Grand Canyon, and right now I'm soooo jealous of you.