With vacation season in progress, I thought I'd share my first one of the year with you.
For the past 8 years, I've gone to Vegas with some friends. In order to break up the monotony of gambling, we try to do something a little different each time. In the past we've taken day trips to the Hoover Dam and even flew out to California once to see a talk show taping. After each of those trips, we said we really need to get out to see the Grand Canyon. Well, this time we finally made the trip.
After we landed in Vegas, we got our rental car and drove to view the new Skywalk at the West entrance. According to the website, it should have only been a 2.5 hour trip, but it ended up taking about 3.5 - 4 each way. Some of the extra time was due to it being on Memorial Day, but most of the delay was due to the fact that 14 miles of the road to get there isn't paved yet. You could only drive 20 - 25 mph in this section...at least in an Audi It was EXTREMELY bumpy. The good news, is that they will begin paving this soon. We wanted to drive on our own, but of course there are bus, Hummer or ever helicopter rides out there. In the future, there will be an airport nearby.
Anyway, when we finally made it up there, it certainly was worth it. They made us put on little booty things so we wouldn't scratch or dirty the glass. Immediate thoughts are if my shoes can hurt this thing, should I really be standing on it
We were a little freaked out at first, but luckily they have the outer portion of the glass floor so that you can't see through it. This way, you have the option of just walking out there without actually looking directly underneath you if you don't want to. After about the first 10 steps, I finally went to the part that you could see through. WOW!! It really is something. I don't know all the specs of the glass, but it certainly doesn't appear to be able to support all the weight they claim it can It looks like it's only 4" - 6" thick.
Anyway, it was really funny watching everyone walk so carefully across the floor. Basically baby steps were the name of the game One lady was actually crying as her family "carried" her across. One thing that struck me as odd, was the fact that a baby stroller was allowed on the Skywalk. I realize the wheels are rubber, but strange nonetheless.
From what I hear, the views are much better at the main Grand Canyon entrance, but if you've never been there before, these certainly won't disappoint. Unfortunately, you can't take camera's on the Skywalk itself, but they will of course take your picture and sell it to you, which we did.
All in all, if you're looking for a day trip away from Vegas, I'd recommend it. You need to pass over the Hoover Dam to get there, so if you've never done that either, you better get a very early headstart.
As for Vegas itself, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas