30 December 2016

The road to Glacier Point. Beautiful. And scary.


Personally I would not enjoy driving my car around that curve - especially in the outer lane.  Particularly without guard rails (unless they have been digitally removed from the photo?)

Addendum:  Guard rails not removed.  Here is the curve on Google Maps.

Via the Pics subreddit.

9 comments:

  1. that image looks like one half of a viewmaster 3d stereogram set.

    I-)

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  2. I've driven that road several times. The drop off at that point is gentle, you just can't see it. I think the clearing in the trees is actually the former site of the Glacier Point hotel.

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    1. I can see your point when I sneak up to the edge and peek over on the Google Map view.

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  3. Not scary at all. I've driven that road dozens of times. At most you're traveling at 10-15 mph due to all the curves and there's plenty of space off the shoulder. It's actually beautiful.

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  4. I'm right there with you Minnesota. I get the creeps just going over an overpass.
    Just looking at this picture I can feel the gravity sucking me twards the computer. I'm having to hold onto my chair right now lest I fall face first into the screen.
    http://srevestories.blogspot.com/2012/11/gravity-cant-keep-me-down.html

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  5. That road does get closed in Winter, it is beautiful in Summer, which is the time of the year, when we last were there.

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  6. Flatlander. Living in a mountainous province, British Columbia, I have the opposite problem: not falling asleep when driving on perfectly straight, endlessly monotonous roads in the Canadian Prairies. Curves keep you awake. They make driving fun.

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  7. If it's anything like the Going-to-the-Sun road in Glacier National Park, then it's possible the lack of guard rails is simple pragmatism - in some sections of that road guard rails would simply get swept away by avalanches.

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    1. Not only avalanches, but also fires.

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