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Grand Canyon skywalk and my acrophobia

Everyone these days talk about this modern marvel ‘Grand Canyon skywalk’ , I shy away from these discussions and even thought of walking on glass bridge of that length scares the hell out of me. Not that I’m afraid of heights but my mind seems got too much trained that simple fact that glass breaks period.Even to physicts What makes glass break is still a mystery, After 2,000 years of making and breaking glass, one might think there would be a definitive answer. But at the Third International Workshop on the Flow and Fracture of Advanced Glasses, held Oct. 2 to 5 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, 50 or so of the world’s top glass scientists scratched their heads as researchers presented sharply conflicting views on the topic.

My first adventure of glass walking dates back to year 2000 when I visited Toronto’s CN tower.
For place Toronto it is said that the trip is not complete if you don’t see near by Niagara falls and the CN tower.

“A journey of a thousand miles begin with the first step” – The reverse is true in my case I travelled with much ease more than thousand miles (From India to Toronto) but that one step took me at least half hour to decide If I really wanted to step on that glass floor.When every one around you even kids started praising especially the really cool view of Toronto from a horizontal glass window (see pic to the left) the one straight down view when you step out on to a 6 cm (2.5 inches) thick glass floor, 113 stories above ground. The CN staff says it’s strong enough to support at least a dozen hippos.I got the feeling that I’m not alone as I can see many startled faces and It took me quite a while before I dared to put a foot on it and finally sat on the glass floor as others did and mission accomplished I sky walked Toronto’s CN tower meaning not looking down at glass floor I just searched for sky and walked on CN towers glass floor.My first skywalk completed.

Heard these movie dialogues before:

Walt
: I thought you were afraid of heights.
Travis: I’m not afraid of heights. I’m afraid of fallin’.

My version:Its the glass that scares me of falling from heights.

Come March, 30 – 2007 , Grand Canyon skywalk is opened for public.What so special about this skywalk ?

The Skywalk will be the first-ever cantilever shaped glass walkway to suspend more than 4,000 feet above the canyon’s floor and extend 70 feet from the canyon’s rim.

I visited Grand Canyon in year 2004, If one asks me to describe the beauty of these majestic canyons I would say – Its like computer ROM (“ROM” in its strictest sense can only be read from, but all ROMs allow data to be written into them at least once, either during initial manufacturing or during a step called “programming”), Once your brain sees these canyons it is difficult to erase these pictures of ‘Grand’ canyons.

Slide show of canyon in my photos:
There were few photo shoot angles that I tried to capture straight down view of canyons and it is kind of difficult to capture that all like north rim observation points. It is possible before with difficulty before but skywalk should give us 360 degrees straight down view.

The age factor coupled with my acrophobia builds more and more desire to take this real ‘skywalk’.

I’m looking forward to my next vacation and a lengthy glass walk.


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Posted By: Kalyan | Date: April 3, 2007 | Categories: Travel

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