TCS: Skywalk at the Grand Canyon

Good Morning!


Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum, so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole in your brainpan, feel free to add a comment.


“National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.”

– Wallace Stegner




When I first heard about the Skywalk project at the Grand Canyon, I must admit I thought: “Standing on glass thousands of feet above the canyon floor? No way!”

But if you look at the engineering, it seems pretty solid, and the view is spectacular.

When I was a kid, we took several side trips to the canyon going to or coming back from our summer vacations. A lot of things that seem so big or special when you’re little, are real let-downs when you see them again as a grownup. I’ve been back to the Grand Canyon as an adult, although not recently — and it’s never stopped taking my breath away.



You may not have time for the whole suite this morning, but it’s worth a listen when you do have some time:


Or if you need a gentle, centering wake-up, try this track by Carlos Nakai:


It’s good to be reminded that some things will never disappoint you.


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband and a bewildered Border Collie.
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5 Responses to TCS: Skywalk at the Grand Canyon

  1. Terry Welshans says:

    I love the Grand Canyon. I have taken many trips there in my travels as a young adult. I took my newly-minted bride there on our honeymoon in 1970. On the other hand, the sky walk is pretty scary. It is pretty new and the owners (a Native American tribe) charge quite a bit for the privilege of standing a few feet past the rim.

    It is hard to believe it is so deep and wide, to say nothing of its length. On our way to Hawaii in December the pilot of our flight made a PA announcement as we flew over it. Very visible at 30+ thousand feet.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Well, the Skywalk did cost a fortune to build – it’s kind of refreshing to see a group of Native Americans making money from something other than gambling..

  2. I have never visited the Grand Canyon. I have seen it from an airliner at 40,000 feet, but not up close. You would need a very large gun to force me out on that skywalk. I would definitely never go voluntarily.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      LOL – That’s how I felt until I saw a full documentary on how it was built – now I’m at least willing to consider it – it’s got to be safer than standing right at the edge of the canyon and trying to see the bottom with nothing to stop you from falling in, which many idiots do.

      And believe me, the Grand Canyon is something you really should see from closer than 40,000 feet up, whether you go out on the Skywalk or not.

  3. We just shared about our experience at the south rim on our blog! Have a read if you get a chance!

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