Last year, I wrote about arriving at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon only to find the whole thing filled with smoke (see The Grand Canyon On Fire!). Now, if that had been my first view of the world’s most famous ‘hole in the ground’, as a friend of mine once called it, I might have been disappointed. Luckily I’d been there before and so could enjoy this rare occurrence.
My first views of the Grand Canyon had been from the South Rim 18 months earlier, and the vistas had been nothing short of spectacular! We started at Desert View and headed west along Desert View Drive, stopping at absolutely every viewpoint along the way to the National Park’s Visitor Centre. I don’t think any of us could grasp the scale of what we were looking down upon, and the storm brewing across the chasm only added to our awe.
The next morning, after spending the night in the Route 66 Motel, we continued west on the celebrated highway that bears the same name. At Peach Springs, however, we decided, What the Heck! and turned off toward the Grand Canyon West, part of the Hualapai Nation. It was quite a trek out there, especially since the last 10 or so miles were yet to be paved at that time (I understand that’s no longer the case). But at the end of the drive, the Grand Canyon Skywalk awaited us.
Admittedly, we were a bit surprised by the price of the Skywalk. That said, it is an amazing and unique experience…The glass-floored, U-shaped bridge extends 70 feet out over the edge of the canyon. Looking straight down is a drop of 500 feet, but lift your gaze towards the Colorado River at the very bottom of the main canyon, a mile or so away, and that drop becomes 4000 feet!
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