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During construction, I've checked it rather frequently, just because it seemed an amazing feat.
That's why I remembered those negative reports. Most complaints admit the experience is great - but the amazingness is easily killed by a feeling of being milked - e.g. "we spent $25 already and an hour on a dirt road to get here - so we'll pay the extra $50".
Phil Martin... wrote:
It is also an experience and learning exercise on how to set up a monopoly business, extorting every customer for as much as you can get.
The view is impressive, I'm told, but I haven't had a chance to visit myself. As for the price, well... They are an impoverished Indian tribe with no other source of income. They live at the bottom of the canyon, inaccessible by any means but helicopter or hiking, barely surviving. The land is sacred to them, so it must have been very difficult for them to accept this incursion by strangers, but desperate times demand desperate measures.
I don't mind the price - I often pay a little extra to help out a tribal enterprise. But I'm not sure I trust the engineering. I'd want to inspect the moorings myself, I think.
"A Journey of a Thousand Rest Stops Begins with a Single Movement"
I don't begrudge them that at all. It is just I don't recall that message was ever discussed by the locals or the guides. Which is a shame - that would have made it much more interesting and more welcoming.
If what you say is accurate, it would have been an awful day for them.
Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game because they almost always turn out to be—or to be indistinguishable from—self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.
And this was first used by Neal Stephenson here[^].
Me, I'm dishonest. And a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It's the honest ones you want to watch out for...