All Recent Comments
Jun 20th - 02:07am | Rob Kanter
We already have so much land set aside north of the Lake!
Jun 20th - 02:06am | Rob Kanter
It will be a complete and utter waste of money!!!
Jun 20th - 02:05am | Rob Kanter
Please please please!!! DO NOT SEND THE WATER SOUTH
Jun 19th - 20:28pm | Natalie Canto
Sending the water south: WORST IDEA EVER
Jun 19th - 20:28pm | Natalie Canto
There is already more than 100,000 acres of land in public ownership which is south of the lake and could be used to water storage
Jun 19th - 18:02pm | Brandie L
I disagree with sending water South because that really is just sending phosphorous ridden water through the waterways, but storage in the North is an amazing idea!
Jun 19th - 21:15pm | Anonymous
Speaking of political advocacies, perhaps cleaning out the Capitol Building and sending all those advocates for political nonsense to Alcatraz might be a great step forward...
Jun 19th - 20:36pm | ecbuck
No thanks. I don't want my park monies being spent on political advocacies that have nothing to do with the parks. If you do, you have no right to complain about underfunding.
Jun 19th - 18:47pm | Lee Dalton
And ALL the rest of us. Not just those at the top. They will benefit too because it's true that everyone does better when everyone does better. So will our parks.
Jun 19th - 00:33am | ecbuck
suggest something that will benefit everyone. You mean the unemployed and the dying?
Jun 18th - 22:44pm | Lee Dalton
Great idea Esteemed Comrade. Good of you to suggest something that will benefit everyone.
Jun 18th - 17:54pm | ecbuck
Imagination on fire? Please explain. Oh, thats, right, you don't
Jun 18th - 10:28am | Rick Smith
Nothing like a little art to set your imagination on fire, huh ec?
Jun 18th - 09:50am | ecbuck
I suppose the NPS will be spending your park money on lobbying for a higher minimum wage and single payer healthcare next.
Jun 19th - 20:45pm | rmackie
Thank you Traveler, I was not in the Yosemite Valley during the President and his families visit, but know both visitors and employees, the vast majority anyway, that I contacted were thrilled.
Jun 19th - 20:36pm | E.Works
May your wish to see and vist new things not out last your bodys ability to do so.
Jun 19th - 16:32pm | Janice D'A
what a great article on your Dad! I did not realize that he was so gifted. Obviously he passed those skills on to you. A tremendous gift.
Jun 19th - 12:32pm | Rick B.
What a rich family legacy!
Jun 19th - 09:27am | Cynthia Killip
What a wonderful tribute to your Dad and the National Parks. I really enjoyed looking at your Dad's photos. You definitely take after your father. Great article!
Jun 19th - 09:14am | Acadia on my mind
Not only was George B.
Jun 19th - 08:47am | [email protected]
How to get on mailing list or a travel guide to the parks ?? Order information can be found at: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1109336?__r=241648
Jun 18th - 23:34pm | Jim Bering
What kind of an idiot would belive this? Serioulsy, pepper spary is only effective out to 8 yards. Does anyone think that a grizzly going over 30 mph is going to stop when hit by pepper spray? The truth is the study is an example of Procrustean research. They have the result they want and the cut and stretch the data to meet the result.
Jun 18th - 22:27pm | Anonymous
It's disappointing that he waited this long to visit parks. Might things have been different if our parks had attracted him six years ago. But maybe even that wouldn't have made any difference because, as Kurt says, his budgets and virtually everything else he might have done for our country has been DO A in Congress as they worked to make him fail.
Jun 18th - 15:30pm | Todd White
i think of all the poor travelers, many of which may be visiting Yosemite and Carlsbad Caverns for their first and only time. Often, these visits must be planned months in advance. Many visitors will have theit Father's Day plans ruined, so a sitting president can have a wonderful weekend frolic.
Jun 16th - 21:08pm | ecbuck
Add to the commentary above about why he should or should not go here, we should all just file away that this is where a dad decided he wants to take his kids this summer. I think he has that right.
Jun 16th - 20:15pm | Rick B.
I'm married to a park employee who has been very grateful over the past 7 1/2 years to have a leader as sane and inspirational. And that's about as far as I want to go in critiquing Presidents or possible Presidents in this forum.
Jun 16th - 19:23pm | ecbuck
Ron, this guy has been in office for 7 1/2 years and hasn't done diddly for the parks. You think once he is out of office he will care more? The only influence this guy is going to have in the long term annals of history will be to move Jimmy Carter one notch down on the list of worst Presidents.
Jun 16th - 17:46pm | rmackie
These all good pints Kurt, however, Yosemite is, in one sense, the birthplace of of our public lands, some argue Hot Springs, some Yellowstone, but the concept had much of its start in Yosemite. It is a world iconic park, I do not know for sure Kurt, but what happens in Yosemite has much influence over the rest of the NPS. This is true of Yellowstone and Grand Canyon also.
Jun 16th - 16:39pm | Kurt Repanshek
Ron, has a president ever visited Theodore Roosevelt, Badlands, Wind Cave, Canyonlands or most of the others?
Jun 16th - 16:04pm | rmackie
Traveler, I think the visit is extremely important, Yosemite has not been visited by a sitting President since JFK. I think it is also important that the President see the park at the peak visitor season. He will see first hand the operational and policy issues that are of concern to both employees and citizens.
Jun 16th - 15:13pm | ecbuck
I don't necessarily disagree, Kurt. I am merely pointing out that there are those that use "inconvienced visitors" as a rational to ban a bike ride that causes an hour delay but, like you don't want to ban a Presidential visit even though its inconvience factor will be far greater. That just tells me, "inconvience factor" isn't the real reason for their objection.
Jun 16th - 13:52pm | Kurt Repanshek
I didn't say that. But why go to one of the most crowded national parks? Why not truly put Find Your Park into play and go to one that's not already jammed with visitors? Show some true love for other deserving units.
Jun 16th - 13:50pm | ecbuck
So you are up for banning Presidential visits to the parks?
Jun 18th - 21:20pm | Jerry
Just returned from a six week tour of seven national parks in Utah and Arizona. Noticed that the Asian tourists ignored most all posted regulations. This included camping in picnic areas with no camping signs in plain view, as well as car camping overnight in parking lots posted the same. They appear to believe the rules don't apply to them. And, if fined, do they pay be
Jun 17th - 20:31pm | Harold
I did not think that some of these people need protecting. You are right, someone needs to look out for them, but not at the risk of the rescuscer's saftey as someone else in need may truly need them.
Jun 17th - 08:06am | SteveB
A fine needs to be something the person can afford or it simply won't be paid. $1000? He can probably pay that. $100000? Almost certainly not.
Jun 18th - 19:43pm | Ron
i camped at panther creek 4 times in the last couple years and after reading this I felt obligated to share my experience in this exact spot. 2nd trip at Panther gap, the 1st morning I wake up early and decide to get some water and start coffe before my gf wakes up.
Jun 18th - 17:21pm | Greg Laramore
My wife and I made the trip today down the trail. You can make it through in a car, but I wouldn't advise it. Use the restroom before you go. lol
Jun 17th - 21:23pm | Vincent Stevens
Sholly get a hold of me. [email protected] Charlie Near.
Jun 17th - 20:36pm | Bill Borrie
Charging $32 for an ranger-led interpretive walk? Once that becomes the norm, how much will it cost for a map of the park or to go to the bathroom?
Jun 17th - 20:27pm | ecbuck
quit spending on subsidies to oil. LOL Another one who has drunk the kool aid. On a net basis oil companies pay a massively higher level of taxes than the typical corporation. Or to be more accurate, the oil companies' customers pay a massively higher level of taxes.
Jun 17th - 19:06pm | Billy Bryant
Maybe we should elect a working senate and congress that will return the funding and quit spending on subsidies to oil.
Jun 17th - 19:01pm | Shirley Hasenyager
My husband and I always loved visiting our National Parks. One day he counted how many we had been to over the years and it was 35. We then decided to "do" them all, and did. We definitely did not make windshield visits. Some hiking at most places. We have been to Yosemite many times and Death Valley several times.
Jun 17th - 13:05pm | Thomas Cunningh...
I spent 12 year on the property across the street from the hotel. I was surprised that someone took on the job of renovating the old hotel. Frances Preason was my alltime faverate teacher I spent part of the 1st grade in her home while ther renovated the grade school. My mother (Gladys Cunningham) told my that, Mrs Pearson taugh her as a student teacher in Ashland.
Jun 17th - 13:00pm | Gregg Gerich
I have been to the Park 9 times. I have seen disturbing behavior many times like rocks being thrown into a thermal pool, people getting to close to bison. People petting a elk. Walking off the boardwalks. If you are not willing to abide by the rules and respect the Park, please do not go. This is not Disneyland.
Jun 16th - 20:17pm | Rick B.
Condolences on the loss of your friend.
Jun 16th - 19:46pm | Yasuhiko HATAKEYAMA
Thanks for the detail of the accident! I am a friend of Mr. Ikeda's. Many Japanese online news have reported the accident. However, the contents was too simple. This site would be very helpful for not only Mr.Ikeda's friends but also his families to know the process of the accident and accept the situation. Thanks, again!
Jun 16th - 20:09pm | Rick B.
Reef degredation from sediment run-off near the Monsanto plant in Molokai is a dramatic example of human-caused effects.
Jun 16th - 16:59pm | Gary Wilson
I do think this area, and the North Woods in Maine are the best places for new National Parks. I'd also throw a collection of places in the central Idaho wilderness too.
Jun 16th - 16:04pm | Scotsman
The Klamath Siskiyou contains more conifer species in one acre than any in the world. The geological complexity of the Klamath is nearly unmatched anywhere in North America which allows a complex botanical setting only surpassed by the Great Smokey National Park in the Applachachians.