I agree, the biggest thing for me is to hike early in the morning. I also hike in the evenings sometimes. I've noticed that the farther you hike from a trailhead the more the crowd thins out. Even a mile-long hike will be far less crowded than a scenic vista or turnout.
We've been able to avoid the crowds in all the years we've been going to Acadia National Park, by taking these steps: Get to the trailhead early or late, pick a trail in the less crowded part of the park, or go in May or June or after Labor Day, and avoid 3-day weekends.
Al, I wonder sometimes whether or not our recollections of things in our past aren't influenced by rose colored glasses. I understand that you are a very strong supporter of the railroads and their role in advocating the development of national parks as tourist destinations. In my early teens, I too often preferred to ride the trains whenever possible.
Considering what a wreck DNC has made of the concessions at Yosemite (I have *never* seen such dirty bathrooms as I have at Curry Village, among many other issues), their executives deserve to be laughed out of court. Then they need to be fined in the millions.
Yes, this is a moral and ethical opinion, not a legal one.
Sep 24th - 16:16pm |
I really hope DNC improves it concessions in Yosemite. It is one of the few weak spots at Yosemite
The Minute Man National Monument just north of Boston is worth seeing, some pretty scenery and some historic sights (including a memorial to the British soldiers who were killed). Gettysburg is extremely moving and you can get some very creative shots of statues, etc.
If this were an effective method of managing deer and forest damage they would not have to continue it forever as they seem to be doing.
Sep 29th - 07:17am |
And how has the culling worked out over the years, so far? Have deer number decreased, or is that number lower only immediatley after the"'cull"? Have there been any years in which it wasn't "necessary" to perform the cull?
The answer should be obviouols if the hunting continues.
Thanks for the memories of Bill Jones and Carl Sharsmith, who were my mentors during the summer of 1961. I used what they taught me both in my career with the BLM wilderness program and conservation groups and, since retiring, in my volunteer work.
Mackie, Thanks again for the book reference. I have been reading it for the past few days and find it captivating. I can related to some of the writer's experiences, especially the intrusion of politics into the managment process.
Regardless of whatever they may be called, the primary issues remain implementation and accountability. My first NPS career job was as an environmental planner working as an assistant to John Kauffmann, Chief Planner for what eventually became Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.
So nice to see a campground instead of a huge resort. I have friends who just visited their first national park (Yellowstone) after in part hearing me talk them up. Needless to say they came back less enthused than I had hoped due to the overwhelming crowds. More is not always better.
Just got back from a trip to Schoodic Woods, and we've put together a blog post on everything you need to know about it: best camp site, with view of Cadillac; what you can see on the new year-round hiking and biking trails; and why there are no shower facilities.
I spent a week in Skagway and enjoyed every minute. I did avoid the shopping and instead took a bike ride to the Jewel Garden for a great meal and tour of their park like landscape, sculptures and miniature train set up in the gardens.
Sep 24th - 11:55am |
MN born, Skagwa...
How sad, another tourist comes to our town, never leaves the one street consisting of 6 blocks of the tourism area (we are 23 block by 4 blocks), and thinks he knows what our beautiful alaskan community is like. Did you hike our trails that hold beauty that is second to none? did you visit our school that provides an iPad for ever single student?
Sep 23rd - 06:57am |
Well, as a journalist, I found your story about the town I lived in and was the town's editor for six years, snarky and missing of come important history. Skagway has always been a town where people come off of boats in droves, if as a Parkie you know the town's history. During the gold ruch toruists came to just watch the stampede, and yes, ride the train.
Thanks, Rick. This was my first experience in Alaska and even with Skagway, it was incredibly astonishing. I want very much to return soon. When I do, I may even include Skagway and may stay longer than just 24 hours. I didn't make it to Dyea, I didn't go looking for Orcas or humpbacks or salmon, I didn't do any real hiking, and honestly, I didn't really carefully explor
SELC is a wonderful conservation organization with dedicated lawyers and staff. Their advocacy in trying to stop an ill conceived plan of bridges on a national wildlife refuge was commendable. The state's plan called for 2 additional bridges to be built on the refugee, keeping the refugee in a perpetual state of construction for 10 to 20 years.
The SELC (Southern Environmental Law Center) is responsible for at least 10 years of litigation and tens of millions of dollars spent at their law firm opposing the bridge replacement in the name of saving the birds of Pea Island NWR into which the bridge returns people to land on highway 12 in NC.
was there several years ago and it is an eerie feeling...the high walls and unsure footing of rocks and river stones ...the Rangers all over the Park Service DO tell people of the rules and dangers...it has always amazed me how people think it will never happen to them. This area is not safe...it can be warm and sunny and in seconds you can be swept up and banged against the walls.
The video is spectacular. But we need to note that its location WAS NOT IN THE NARROWS. This was actually right at the end of the paved Gateway to the Narrows Trail. The Narrows themselves are about a mile upstream.
I hope they gave the park service a copy and that it will be used in some way to try to educate visitors.
Rabies is a very serious illness. Bats get a bad rap however. Only between 3-5% of bats have rabies. But when in doubt, leave it alone. http://www.getbatsout.com/rabid-bats-arent-cool-even-look-cute-fuzzy/
"Why not set up feeding stations in locations (away from human activity) where bears would normally find berries etc.? It would supplement in times of low berry production & help prevent the bears 'intrusion' into populated areas," Anonymous.
This sad tale highlights some important concerns of managing the interface of people and wildlife in the parks. A bear or other wildlife that seems docile or even "tame" around humans is still fundementally a wild animal and should be treated with respect and caution. The more we intrude on wildlife habitat the greater the possibility of unfortunate conflicts taking place.
Sep 19th - 14:39pm |
Why not set up feeding stations in locations (away from human activity) where bears would normally find berries etc.? It would supplement in times of low berry production & help prevent the bears 'intrusion' into populated areas.
Time to spend a winter planning!Professional cartographer Ted Hitzroth thru-hiked the Trail in 1983 and has annually updated his maps ever since. His current version is available at the link below for free download if you wish to print his excellent maps yourself.
They may be gone but they lived doing what they love. Although they will be missed dearly, their lives are a tribute to really living, which takes great courage. Being afraid and not taking chances in life is not really living at all. Do as they do follow your dreams and love what you do.
This is a nice video. The ranger in the video is Bob Schuster, who has been working summers at Glacier since 1967. I had the pleasure of being a member of his hiking groups and attending his lectures in 2009 and 2010, and apparently he is still going strong (and stronger than me at his more advanced age). He works at Many Galcier, where the daily hike starts for the Grinnell G
Same thing happened to me. I was young and extremely foolish back in 1973. I joined many visitors in jumping off the cliff at the "swimming hole." But then it rained for 4 or 5 days. We went back and the river was so much stronger. My friends warned me. Like an idiot, I went ahead and body surfed through the canyon all by myself, out of view. Whooosh!