Thursday, March 02, 2006

Walk in the sky

Sure, you've hiked the Grand Canyon, but have you ever hung out 70 feet from the canyon wall, 4,000 feet above the canyon floor? Of course not. Well, after this summer, you can. Grand Canyon West (that's not on the south rim or the north rim, that are part of the national park) is a destination owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe at the Grand Canyon’s western rim (of course). The tribe is in the process of building something they call The Skywalk, a cantilever bridge that extends 70 feet from the canyon wall. (Vocabulary lesson: a cantilever bridge is supported by a beam anchored at one end and unsupported at the other.)
When it's finished later this year, the bridge will have glass walls and a glass floor. If you're having a hard time visualizing the bridge, check out this artist's rendition. Then decide if you will be one of the lookers or the walkers.

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