Do we go to the skywalk today and rush it or do we get closer to the west rim by staying at Kingman and do the skywalk tomorrow?
Kingman, it is. We followed the Joshua Tree Parkway. To start with, this tree looked like a multi-branched yucca plant. But looking more closely, it didn’t seem to have the flower stalks like the yucca plant has.
As we were driving through the Big Sandy Valley, we thought of Diane in Cleveland who kept reminding us of the changing colours of foliage throughout October and November. There were many trees still with bright yellow leaves as we followed the valley north.
Arriving in Kingman early, we booked in to the motel then headed out to follow Route 66 a bit more. This took us through Peach Springs to Seligman and back on highway 40 to Kingman. On route 66, we found a country dancing hall, a grub zone and a herd of deer – check out the images to find these.
Next day, we were up early (before 8am) and driving to the west rim of the Grand Canyon. The earlier we could get there, the longer we could stay. At first the road was fine but once we turned onto the Diamond Bar Road, we had about 9 miles of gravelled road to follow. Much of this was also along washes, so if it rained today we might be in trouble getting out.
Arriving about 10am, we bought our tickets and headed for the shuttle bus which takes you around each of the sites. FIrst Eagle Point where the Skywalk actually is. I had to hide in Miss W’s jacket as she was supposed to put all personal items in a locker. One person tried to say I couldn’t go on the skywalk, but the next person said as long as I stayed in the jacket and patted my head. Miss W had to wear slippers on the Skywalk to protect the glass.
Can you see me and the eagle design on the rocks behind us?
As you couldn’t take cameras on the Skywalk means they have professional photographers who take about 15 photos of you in different poses. You can then buy 1 photo for $30 when you get off the Skywalk. Instead Miss W bought the package which included 4 printed images, a gift and a USB with all your images plus others taken by professional photographers. You will see most of these in my flickr photostream.
We then continued on the shuttle visiting Guano Point and the Hualapai ranch. By the time we re-entered the gift shop where we got our tickets it was past lunch time. The crowds of people from Las Vegas had arrived in their coaches and were booking helicopter rides and other extreme activities to do at the west rim.
So we headed off to Las Vegas to stay the night before going to Salt Lake City tomorrow. On our way to Vegas, we stopped off at many scenic points to see Lake Mead and Mohave Lake as well as the Hoover Dam which is part of the border of Nevada and Arizona. You can walk across the dam as well as drive your car. We took lots of photos here as it was such as important dam for this part of the country.
Have you ever done an extreme activity like walking on the Skywalk?