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Another trip


Grand Canyon
Originally uploaded by Nikchick.

We were in Las Vegas the last four days to prepare for and attend the Diamond/Alliance Open House, which was being held at Bally’s this year. Because we were traveling light and didn’t send out our usual full convention display our set-up took an amazingly short amount of time and we found we had a lot time to kill. We tried to entertain ourselves in the usual ways (finding entertaining lounge acts or hitting any of the numerous wonderful places to eat) but I’m finding that I may, perhaps, be done with Vegas for those things.

Instead we decided to be spontaneous, rent a car, and toodle out to see the Hoover Dam. In the taxi on the way to get our car the cab driver told us that the South edge of the Grand Canyon was (as we’d said) too far to go in an afternoon, it would be a lot shorter to hit Grand Canyon West, home of the Hualapai Skywalk. Pramas already blogged about how that turned out.

We did get some night photos out at Guano Point, though, and I managed to get them uploaded before I had to leave the hotel this morning. I still have a bunch of Finland photos waiting to be put up and now I have Hoover Dam and Vegas restaurant photos to add to the queue but I thought the Grand Canyon photos should get a quick viewing while I try to catch up.

12 comments to Another trip

  • That photo of Chris says to me:
    “Green Ronin, conquering the world since 2000.”

  • That photo of Chris says to me:
    “Green Ronin, conquering the world since 2000.”

  • That photo of Chris says to me:
    “Green Ronin, conquering the world since 2000.”

  • That photo of Chris says to me:
    “Green Ronin, conquering the world since 2000.”

  • But how was the skywalk? Inquiring minds who couldn’t be paid enough money to go out on that thing want to know. :)

    • So, I was actually fairly disappointed in the skywalk. It was the best view from that point and there were some nice vistas but they could have accomplished the same thing without the gimmick. Looking down through the glass floor was novel but not really as dramatic as it sounds as far as what you’re looking at, and the view down through the inside open ring was just looking down a rock face that didn’t give you the sensation of a straight drop or anything.

      I was satisfied with the view but having been charged $30 to walk out onto it, then denied my camera so they could try to force some hokey photos *they* would take of you (again, for another $30), plus the fact that Chris was waiting outside of the building for me made me just want to get the hell out. After seeing the much better views at Guano Point, I felt like I could have given the whole thing a pass (which is probably why they stop there first on the tour, before you get to the “free” view that comes with your $30 bus ticket).

  • But how was the skywalk? Inquiring minds who couldn’t be paid enough money to go out on that thing want to know. :)

    • So, I was actually fairly disappointed in the skywalk. It was the best view from that point and there were some nice vistas but they could have accomplished the same thing without the gimmick. Looking down through the glass floor was novel but not really as dramatic as it sounds as far as what you’re looking at, and the view down through the inside open ring was just looking down a rock face that didn’t give you the sensation of a straight drop or anything.

      I was satisfied with the view but having been charged $30 to walk out onto it, then denied my camera so they could try to force some hokey photos *they* would take of you (again, for another $30), plus the fact that Chris was waiting outside of the building for me made me just want to get the hell out. After seeing the much better views at Guano Point, I felt like I could have given the whole thing a pass (which is probably why they stop there first on the tour, before you get to the “free” view that comes with your $30 bus ticket).

    • So, I was actually fairly disappointed in the skywalk. It was the best view from that point and there were some nice vistas but they could have accomplished the same thing without the gimmick. Looking down through the glass floor was novel but not really as dramatic as it sounds as far as what you’re looking at, and the view down through the inside open ring was just looking down a rock face that didn’t give you the sensation of a straight drop or anything.

      I was satisfied with the view but having been charged $30 to walk out onto it, then denied my camera so they could try to force some hokey photos *they* would take of you (again, for another $30), plus the fact that Chris was waiting outside of the building for me made me just want to get the hell out. After seeing the much better views at Guano Point, I felt like I could have given the whole thing a pass (which is probably why they stop there first on the tour, before you get to the “free” view that comes with your $30 bus ticket).

  • But how was the skywalk? Inquiring minds who couldn’t be paid enough money to go out on that thing want to know. :)

  • But how was the skywalk? Inquiring minds who couldn’t be paid enough money to go out on that thing want to know. :)

    • So, I was actually fairly disappointed in the skywalk. It was the best view from that point and there were some nice vistas but they could have accomplished the same thing without the gimmick. Looking down through the glass floor was novel but not really as dramatic as it sounds as far as what you’re looking at, and the view down through the inside open ring was just looking down a rock face that didn’t give you the sensation of a straight drop or anything.

      I was satisfied with the view but having been charged $30 to walk out onto it, then denied my camera so they could try to force some hokey photos *they* would take of you (again, for another $30), plus the fact that Chris was waiting outside of the building for me made me just want to get the hell out. After seeing the much better views at Guano Point, I felt like I could have given the whole thing a pass (which is probably why they stop there first on the tour, before you get to the “free” view that comes with your $30 bus ticket).