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Grand Canyon Skywalk

First let me say this. I would never ever put even one toe on this skywalk unless lots of money and nerve pills were involved! See links below for pictures of this skywalk and to read the full article on the web page where I got my information.

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is scheduled to open on January 1, 2006.
It will be built on the Hualapai Indian Reservation.
It will jut out about 70 feet into the canyon and 4000 feet above the Colorado River.
It will comfortably accommodate 120 people.
It will be built using more than a million pounds of steel beams including dampeners to minimize the structure’s vibration.
It will be designed to hold 72 million pounds and withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake 50 miles away and winds in excess of 100 mph.
It will have a glass bottom and sides that will be four inches thick.

I do love the fact that the Hualapai Indian Reservation is building this skywalk as a alternative to using gambling as a source of income for the reservation. I was very excited to visit a Cherokee Reservation in the Smokey Mountains because my great-grandmother was Cherokee. I wanted to see what it meant to be Cherokee. I was extremely disappointed to find just a bunch of modern day shops and no real history. There was an exhibit where chickens would preform tricks for food or something like that. The village was very commercial and in a tacky way. It would have been better to have a museum telling the Cherokee history and displaying items from the past and perhaps sharing traditions still alive today. Maybe it is different now. It has been over 10 years since I was in the Smokey Mountains.

Please click here to read the full article
and click here for the official tourist site

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