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  • Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice   5 years 17 weeks ago

    Bob. There are times to "look the other way". Then again...........

  • Pronghorn Antelope Knocks Two Off Motorcycle in Grand Teton National Park   5 years 17 weeks ago

    I too ride for pleasure, but I have seen too many friends crash without a helmet. I understand the "freedom" part and the "uncomfortable" clothing and head gear complaint BUT; if you ignore a risk you have no one but YOURSELF to complain about. It is your choice and YOU must be accountable for it. I do however hope the best for fellow riders as I would hope for their concern if I were injured.

  • Replicas of Vintage Buses Returning to North Cascades National Park   5 years 17 weeks ago

    Beautiful! Hopefully, other parks will pick up on the idea and pry more people out of their private cars.

  • Pronghorn Antelope Knocks Two Off Motorcycle in Grand Teton National Park   5 years 17 weeks ago

    It is amazing to NOT read any concern over fellow human beings, regardless of how you feel about helmet laws, motorcycles, flora/fauna, or life on another planet. Ladies and Gentlemen, two PEOPLE were injured, one severely. Where is our compassion and our hope of a fast and healthy recovery? It seems that most are more concerned with broadcasting their disdain over what this couple may have done wrong.

    I ride my motorcycle to Yellowstone/Tetons every other year, a 5500 mile round trip. It pains me whenever one of our community gets injured. "If you only drive a cage you will never comprehend"

    TMV

  • Pronghorn Antelope Knocks Two Off Motorcycle in Grand Teton National Park   5 years 17 weeks ago

    Terrible way to ruin a trip to Yellowstone. The park is way too beautiful to be going 65 MPH. Would the accident have happened had they been going the speed limit? Probably. Would the injuries have been as severe? Probably not. Slow down people, you're not in the big city, you're in paradise.

  • Pronghorn Antelope Knocks Two Off Motorcycle in Grand Teton National Park   5 years 17 weeks ago

    Helmets indeed...and should be the best that money can buy. There's nothing more arrogant and full of stupidity, is to see some motorcyclist riding without a decent head helmet. When motorcycle accidents do occur, most likely there's some trauma to the skull, and riding without a helmet your inviting yourself to be a bed ridden vegetable for the rest of your life. Skull fractures and living in and out of a comatose state from a sever head injury from a bad motorcycle accident, your chain balled to constant nursing care around the clock. Not to mentioned the astronomical medical costs to keep you alive. If you don't have medical coverage...guess who pays for it? Riding a cycle through the National Parks, is like poetry in motion, but watch out for the WILD LIFE and DRUNKEN DRIVERS. From a ex-surgical tech.

  • Pronghorn Antelope Knocks Two Off Motorcycle in Grand Teton National Park   5 years 17 weeks ago

    I was returning to Ca. on saturday from Yellowstone after 13 days in the park. I found it interesting that motorcycle drivers have to drive so fast. The speed limit in the park is 45 mph or slower. I was passed so many times by motorcycles driving in excess of the limit. If they need speed...stay home, save our wildlife for those who really appreciate them...signed a wildlifge photographer.

  • Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice   5 years 17 weeks ago

    We went hiking in Zion's National Park through the "Subway" canyon, and encountered a group of nude hikers. It was really uncomfortable for me, but more uncomfortable for my friend's 8-year old son who was with us. It was unavoidable to see them and run in to them throughout the hike. We first encountered them at one of the first pools you need to cross. They were hangin-out there, pardon the expression, figuring out how to cross.

    Just remember that kids are sometimes hiking in National Parks, too....and be prepared to cover up if you HAVE to hike in the buff. Sheesh :)

  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore Settlement Spawns Vandalism   5 years 17 weeks ago

    I am so sorry to report that the NPS have eliminated foxes from Hatteras Island. They "think" there may be one left. How sad is this? Foxes are indigenous to Hatteras Island.

    I do not see how the salvation of one species should be at the expense of another. Plover are not on the endangerd species list.

  • Pronghorn Antelope Knocks Two Off Motorcycle in Grand Teton National Park   5 years 17 weeks ago

    Pronghorn are very common in Wyoming. You'll find them in Yellowstone in the far north of the park near the North Entrance. The very best pictures I ever took of Pronghorn were in the Badlands in 2005 - see
    this link
    . Pronghorn are extremely fast; I bet they didn't know what hit them ... perhaps, never seeing the pronghorn.

    Jim Macdonald
    The Magic of Yellowstone
    Yellowstone Newspaper
    Jim's Eclectic World

  • Pronghorn Antelope Knocks Two Off Motorcycle in Grand Teton National Park   5 years 17 weeks ago

    Here in South Carolina, motorcyclists are not required to wear helmets. One result is that many motorcyclists in this state are killed every year in accidents they might easily have survived if they had been wearing helmets. From time to time, a wag suggests that we pass a law requiring helmet-hating motorcyclists to purchase "Donorcycle" license tags bearing the owner's blood type.

  • Pronghorn Antelope Knocks Two Off Motorcycle in Grand Teton National Park   5 years 17 weeks ago

    I was lucky enough to go to the Four Corners area 2 years ago touring on a motorcycle. We loved seeing the wildlife and one of our first thrills was seeing pronghorn off in the distance...we never got to see them up close. I cannot imagine what it was for everyone involved to have the bliss of the day turned so quickly. And of course helmets, helmets, helmets.

  • As Yellowstone National Park is to Wolves, Is Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Elk?   5 years 17 weeks ago

    I feel that every wolf in the state of Montana need to be managed by means of hunting and trapping. There are more wolves in the state then the they want you to know about. The amount is way over the original trial. It is time for them to be managed.

  • New Life for a Lighthouse at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore   5 years 17 weeks ago

    I was up in this lighthouse back in 1982, when the lantern room was empty (though the tower itself was well maintained by the Park Rangers). At nightfall, something seemed to be "missing" because the tower was dark. It is so nice seeing this tower relit; it seems to have its spirit back! And the way that they did it (with an exact replica of the original third-order Fresnel lens and a high-efficiency LED bulb mounted atop a replica of the original oil lamp) is beyond praise!

    There are YouTube videos (for example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oScuPgncU7M) and Flickr photos (http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=south+manitou+island+light) of this lighthouse with its new light.

    With this project completed. I hope that they raise the funds and find the resources to restore the keeper's house and other buildings, if those are their plans.

  • Motorized Tours OK-ed for Cumberland Island National Seashore   5 years 17 weeks ago

    I love my wilderness, but I must admit this should put to rest a preservation-use argument that has plagued the island for decades. The trips will never impact the island as much as channel dredging/maintenance and the arrival and departure of eight or so Ohio-class "boomer" submarines. They are ported at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, just two miles west of the island.

  • Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice   5 years 17 weeks ago

    Indeed!

  • Motorized Tours OK-ed for Cumberland Island National Seashore   5 years 17 weeks ago

    No No No No No!!!!!

    This is, in my humble opinion, a terrible decision which alows a foot in the door for additional traffic on this beautiful but fragile island. Let'em walk or ride bikes like I did.

  • Unresolved Search-and-Rescue Cases Are Scattered Throughout the National Parks   5 years 17 weeks ago

    As you briefly mention, the Martin case was a classic. A number of things can be said about it, but perhaps most important is its role on training SAR Incident Commanders in the years since it happened. When I transferred to Albright Training Center in early 1973, I was lucky enough to be asked (and provided a budget) to develop a training course in "Managing the Search Function" (later to become known as Managing the Lost Person Incident). We pulled together all the innovative methods being used around the country to find lost persons, but until then not widely shared. These included among many others:
    - using air-scenting dogs
    - searching for clues and not (only for) the lost person
    - probabilities and statistics
    We heavily researched the Martin case because it represented the "standard" way of conducting searches at the time. However, the new approaches quickly made it an example of many of the things NOT to do in searching for lost people in remote areas. Thus it became a good training tool, and helped dramatically improve the effectiveness of land search. So, it is sad that Dennis has never been found, but he indirectly probably saved the lives of many since. I agree with Larry Nielson - I think he's still up there, perhaps in a crevice of the fractured rock typical of the area, and overgrown with rhododendron and other thick vegetation. Though in typical humor of the otherwise serious participants of the many courses I conducted, someone almost always concluded that he was snatched by a Martian space-ship.

    Bill Wade
    Chair, Executive Council
    Coalition of National Park Service Retirees

  • Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice   5 years 17 weeks ago

    "Filled with nudists" is a bit of an exaggeration, dt, on two counts. The two beaches you mention are not that crowded with unclad bathers, and few of the unclad bathers are actually nudists. Nudism is a lifestyle choice, whereas nude sunbathing on public or private beaches is a recreational option practiced by lots of day-tripping and weekending people who are most emphatically not nudists. Baker Beach, which lies below big cliffs just west of the Presidio, is mainly used for sunbathing, picnicking, and surf fishing. (Swimming is dangerous there because of very cold water, deep drop offs, and strong riptides.) Although Baker is a mile long, only the northern end -- the end nearest the Golden Gate Bridge -- is used for clothing optional sunbathing. Black Sands Beach (aka Bonita Beach) in Marin County is mainly used by first-timers and diehards because it's a major pain to access it (a ten-minute hike in from Conzelman Road, then a steep return climb -- quite strenuous if toting a cooler), and the place can be windy and uncomfortable for nude sunbathing. As you've noted, Bay Area residents are generally tolerant of the clothing optional sunbathing that takes place in certain well defined areas, such as Black Sands and the northern end of Baker. The Park Service has adopted what seems to be a practical policy of looking the other way as long as nobody gets hurt.

  • Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice   5 years 17 weeks ago

    Naked is how we 'naturally' arrived in this world and I applaud those who choose to observe such a fun loving tradition. Especially, if it gets more people to go out and hike!

  • Another Marina Fire At Glen Canyon National Recreation Area   5 years 17 weeks ago

    Come on! Consider the people involved before being so negative!

  • Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice   5 years 17 weeks ago

    I think there might be some sort of loophole in NPS bylaws about nudity. Certain areas of the GGNRA - Baker Beach and Black Sands Beach - are almost always filled with nudists. The park rangers don't do a think to try to stop or prevent it, and nobody seems to mind in the least. This may be something particular to the fact that it's San Francisco, of course, but I think the whole reason the nudists decided to set up shop where they did was because of the fact that they could strip down on federal land.

    either way, we shouldn't be so afraid of the human body. there are times when nudity is inappropriate, yes, but let's take a lesson from the Europeans - a culture that has a couple hundred years head start on ours - and not demonize ro shun that which is most natural.

  • Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice   5 years 17 weeks ago

    umm....................gross!

  • Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice   5 years 17 weeks ago

    What is hurt, but, our sensibilities. I have yet to come across naked hikers in my many photo forays...just at hot springs.

    "So it is not nakedness that gives the sense of immodesty, the modifying the nakedness is what does it."
    - A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain's Notebooks & Journals, Vol. 2

    rob
    --
    Executive Director,
    Crater Lake Institute
    www.craterlakeinstitute.com
    Robert Mutch Photography

  • Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice   5 years 17 weeks ago

    Come on, live and let live.

    Blessed be and may you always walk in the Light.