chickenshoot (chickenshoot) wrote,

Nightmare Tourist Attraction

CNN: HUALAPAI INDIAN RESERVATION, Arizona (AP) -- Visitors who have marveled at the Grand Canyon's vistas will now have a dizzying new option: a glass-bottom observation deck allowing them to gaze into the chasm beneath their feet.

The Skywalk, which will be unveiled Tuesday, is being touted as an engineering marvel. The glass-and-steel horseshoe extends 70 feet beyond the canyon's edge with no visible supports above or below.

For $25 plus other fees, people will be able to see 4,000 feet straight down to the canyon floor, a vantage point more than twice as high as the world's tallest buildings.


Look, I'm sure every precaution is being taken in building this thing, but they would have to pay me $25,000 to venture out onto a piece of glass that sits 4000 feet above the ground. It's one of those things that is considered indestructable until a mysterious hairline crack, a shift in the rocks holding the support, or a change in temperature suddenly makes it a tragedy, and I'm sure I'd be standing on it that particular day.

Go ahead, say it can't fall---that's just daring nature and man-made structures to prove you wrong. I'd really rather freaky things to go wrong while I'm NOT HOVERING 4000 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND.

Ok, this is my fear of heights talking. It's really a neat attraction, and supposedly it's profits are gonna help the impoverished Hualapai Indians nearby. I just know that when I visited the Grand Canyon I had trouble even stepping all of the way up to the railing, so it would be absolutely impossible for me to step out over the opening. Yikes. But I'd be wishing I could make myself do it.
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