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Old Mar 20, 2007, 03:58 AM
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Grand Canyon Skywalk

Eyesore or spectacle?

http://www.grandcanyonskywalk.com/
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 04:02 AM
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Would you walk out on it?
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 04:03 AM
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Not a chance!
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 04:08 AM
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There has been a fair amount of media coverage about this here in Las Vegas. Personally, I think it's kinda cool, but 25 clams to walk out there seems rather steep! I don't envision too many families on a summer road trip across America stopping by with mom, pop, and 3 kids, and paying to get in. Hope the price of admission doesn't make it a flop for the Hualapai.
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 04:08 AM
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Me either.
I kinda get queasy at heights.
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 04:48 AM
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I understand cantilevered box beams, but still, a glass floor? scary.

I think the building is cool, the walkway could have blended in better though. Some of those Amerind buildings like that literally cannot be seen, because they blend in so well.

As far as an eyesore, it probably won't be seen much, it (the canyon) is a big place, and the Indians do own this piece of it. Just think what would be there if some others owned it. Canyon World! Ride the world's highest roller coaster! See real Indians! --Where's the food court? I'm hungry! Oh boy, taco bell!

As usual, it is all about the wampum.
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 05:19 AM
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There has been a fair amount of media coverage about this here in Las Vegas. Personally, I think it's kinda cool, but 25 clams to walk out there seems rather steep! I don't envision too many families on a summer road trip across America stopping by with mom, pop, and 3 kids, and paying to get in. Hope the price of admission doesn't make it a flop for the Hualapai.
The pics would be kinda cool. A spacewalk maybe.
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 08:41 AM
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I went to the Grand Canyon once. We were in Vegas and I decided to drive down there to see it. I only allotted myself one day.... Man, that was a long day!. Going to the canyon and only standing on the rim and looking out left me wanting more. Sure it was a beautiful sight, but next time I go I want to get down into the thing and do some exploring.
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 08:52 AM
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Wiz:

Take the mule ride to Bright Angel Point. Did that a number of years ago and it was quite the trip!

The wife told me last night that she wanted to do the Skywalk. Criminy. Guess I'll see what it's like soon enough.

mw
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 08:58 AM
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Mark - when you've "done" the Ironbridge Gorge, surely anything else would be a let-down?
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 09:04 AM
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Wiz:

Take the mule ride to Bright Angel Point. Did that a number of years ago and it was quite the trip!

The wife told me last night that she wanted to do the Skywalk. Criminy. Guess I'll see what it's like soon enough.

mw
Mule ride to Bright Angel Point.... Got it.

Thanks!

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Old Mar 20, 2007, 11:25 AM
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The mule riders always look sore and uncomfortable to me, though I'm sure they're having the adventure of a lifetime. If you're in decent shape, you should hike Bright Angel and spend a couple days at Phantom Ranch; especially in the winter. Believe it or not, it's the hike down that hurts. Climbing back out is a piece of cake.
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 11:40 AM
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I went to the Grand Canyon once. We were in Vegas and I decided to drive down there to see it. I only allotted myself one day.... Man, that was a long day!. Going to the canyon and only standing on the rim and looking out left me wanting more. Sure it was a beautiful sight, but next time I go I want to get down into the thing and do some exploring.
I had a college class where we hiked down the canyon, with a Geological professor lecturing at various points. Then we climbed back up, and the next day went out to the Hopi reservation at had the Anthropologist prof give another lecture. All together it was two weeks of hard study in that area.

Best class (well, really it was a cluster of classes) I've ever taken.
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 11:47 AM
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That thing needs to be sponsored by Depends undergarments.
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 12:00 PM
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I don't envision too many families on a summer road trip across America stopping by with mom, pop, and 3 kids, and paying to get in.
Well, Grand Canyon is not a roadside "Barbie museum", i.e. it is not exactly a "stop on a summer road trip across America" kind of place. People go to Grand Canyon specifically, not just "stop by". Those who go there will, of course, pay to walk on this bridge.
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