We promised that today would be action packed, so here it is…
At 10:45 we left the hotel and spent a little more time driving around the city. We stopped at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop from the Pawn Stars TV show. We’re actually watching it on TV right now.
We passed Lake Meade on our way to the Hoover Dam. We had been there one and a half years ago on a trip to the Grand Canyon.
At that time they were building a new and badly needed bridge near the Dam.
The construction looked very interesting at the time. Now we got to drive across it!
The scenery is so pretty. I know we say that a lot, but we can’t help it.
Our next destination was Grand Canyon West and the Skywalk.
A full tank of gas is a definite requirement.
We turned off the highway and travelled through an Indian Reservation and a lot of open range. The cactus and other plants are very interesting.
It takes about 45 minutes on this road. The last part is unpaved and was bumpy and dusty.
At the Welcome Center, everyone parks their cars, buys their tickets and gets on a bus to the Skywalk and other points of interest. With various fees the cost is about $75 per person. The bus dropped us off at an overlook at the Grand Canyon. Not everyone buys the extra ticket for the Skywalk. We admired the view, listened to some Indians playing music, and cautiously approached the Skywalk building. You are not permitted to take anything out onto the Walk, no cell phones, cameras etc. They don’t want anything to fall over the edge and just as importantly, not scratch the see-through plexiglass surface. We were required to put booties on over our shoes, like the kind medical staff sometimes wear in hospitals.
We slowly walked out and onto the Skywalk. It extends 70′ over the canyon and is 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. The floor is clear in the middle, but is opaque along the rails. That really helps if you have a fear of heights. One poor lady was quite nervous and her husband was leading her by the hand.
Whew…we did it.
Tonight we are in Kingman, Arizona. We arrived at 5:30 and our mileage is 8,192. Tomorrow we are going to Monument Valley. Till then…