Friday, May 1, 2009

I'll Just Have To Take Your Word On It That It's Cool

Did you hear about the new glass-bottom Skydeck at the top of the Sears Tower? Frankly, just reading about it and looking at the artist's rendering makes me very jittery.

Scheduled to open in June, the new glass ledge will jut out four feet from the west side of the Sears Tower Sky Deck 1300 feet above the ground. My only question is why not the east side? At 1300 feet above the ground, surely there is nothing to impede the view. I think that the view of the lake would be far better than the view of the river.

(pics from a Handout photo courtesy of Sears Tower / April 8, 2009, via

Hearing about the new glass ledge at the Sears Tower this morning, I was reminded of the Grand Canyon Skywalk on the Hualapai Indian Reservation at Grand Canyon West in Arizona that opened two years ago. That bridge is 4000 feet above the Colorado River. More information can be found here.

Watch these videos about the Grand Canyon Skywalk:

Frankly, this is the closest I will ever get to either the Grand Canyon Skywalk or the Sears Tower glass ledge. I'm terribly afraid of heights. Anyone who has ever had the unfortunate experience of getting on a down escalator with me is well aware of this fear. But the rest of you can enjoy it and I'll enjoy your pictures.


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