Heading for the Hualapai Indian Nation at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, we stop to see the Joshua trees.
These unusual trees are relatively fast growing, for the desert. During the first 10 years, they may grow 3 inches per year. Joshua trees are found in the southwestern desert of the United States. We reach the Hualapai Indian Nation land. Our car must stay in the parking lot. Entering the building, part restaurant, part gift shop and where we decide which package to purchase. We want to fly into the Grand Canyon. Really moms? Yes they mean it. We are inside the helicopter.
Humans have ridden in helicopters before, but this is a first for Zeb and Soapy. We are flying!
Flying low and approaching the canyon. Wow! We are in the Grand Canyon.
We are below the canyon rim. The Colorado River continues flowing and adding more depth to the Grand Canyon. Isn’t this beautiful?
We love flying here, seeing the Colorado River and the canyon wall. But, all things must end.
Soapy’s mom and an employee are holding us by our helicopter. Next we visit the Skywalk. As we approach, we see this employee trying to prevent humans from falling into the Grand Canyon.
You will notice there are no guard rails here. OK moms. What is the Skywalk? Oh. We are going on that walkway that has nothing under it?
We will be able to look down, through our feet, and see the canyon bottom 4,000 feet below us. OK. Let’s enter the building, which is also a museum with gift shop. But now we are going on the Skywalk.
We cannot take purses, cameras, phones or any personal items. Our stuff goes into the lockers. Mom did get one photo looking out before we put all our things in the locker.
We walk on the glass type floor. The Skywalk is horseshoe shaped, and 20 feet from the side of the canyon. Nothing but air between us and the floor of the canyon, 4,000 feet down. Soapy’s mom saw something red on the ground. The employee said it was a red umbrella. Sure looked small. The floor is slightly opaque on each side and clear in the middle. Some humans are a little frightened, but we loved the Skywalk. Professional photographers take our photos. They suggest poses that relax the humans. If you are near the West Rim, visit the Skywalk and maybe take a helicopter ride. It is great. Remember, this is the Hualapai Nation land, so National Park passes are not accepted here. This portion of the Grand Canyon is managed and controlled by the Hualapai Nation, not US National Park Service. Just pay for it and enjoy the experience. We did. Next we rode the shuttle bus to Guano Point. Yes that is an usual name. Guano does mean poop. At one time bat poop, or bat guano was mined here. The guano, rich in nitrogen, is used for fertilizer. However, it was too expensive to mine and produce fertilizer. This seating area was convenient if you wanted o purchase a snack or beverage.
A large crow is also enjoying the area. Humans and ducks can walk around on the rocks here.
You can see more humans on the rocks. As always, we are in awe of the Grand Canyon.
The size and beauty are incredible. We hope you visit the Grand Canyon soon. We loved the South Rim and now we love the West Rim.