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  • National Park Quiz 60: Bears   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Dammit, Tomp! First you point out a mistake I made in the Glacial Lake Missoula Flood article, and now you get a perfect 12 for 12 on a quiz I thought was bulletproof. Are you after my job?

  • National Park Quiz 60: Bears   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Yikes! 12 out of 12 (a first), although #2 was a lucky guess. And I'm supposed to be a botanist.

    As an aside on #10, Lance Craighead got a PhD on grizzly bears and continues the work of his dad & uncle with a small research institute out of Bozeman.

  • The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges   5 years 22 weeks ago

    The lodges are a great place to stay, but , they are pricy. Have been to many National Parks and stayed within the parks but stayed away from the lodges because of the price. Now that the children do not travel with us, maybe the lodges will fall into our price range. At least I hope so.

  • Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice   5 years 22 weeks ago

    amen!

  • Grand Canyon National Park Crews Working to Restore Endangered Humpback Chub To Shinumo Creek   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Great story. Be sure to read "Fifteen Years in the Grand Canyon," by USFWS fish biologist Dennis Stone, in the summer 2008 issue of Eddies. Go to http://www.fws.gov/eddies .

  • Black Bear Attacks Child at Great Smoky Mountains National Park   5 years 22 weeks ago

    well evan was my boyfriend and i am not kidding he does come to my neighborhood a couple times a week and i am so sad that he got attack but now he only has scares and he has recovered fine oh yeah just so you know he lost six pints of blood

  • Ice Age Floods Trail Commemorates Floods of Unimaginable Ferocity   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Keep going, you guys. You got your Black Sea flood, your Genesis flood, .......

  • Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice   5 years 22 weeks ago

    I suspect that people who walk down trails nude are often 'in it' for something besides the simple 'naturalism'. They are going to encounter clothed hikers who are not prepared for nudity, and will thereby create a socially & psychologically challenging scene. This activity seems pretty closely related to 'flashing' people by opening a trenchcoat, or unzipping the fly.

    Nude or clothing-optional *locations* are a whole different thing.

    RangerLady is right: most people - WAY most people - accept the nudity taboo ... and the facts of childbirth are bogus.

  • Ice Age Floods Trail Commemorates Floods of Unimaginable Ferocity   5 years 22 weeks ago

    And wasn't the Mediterranean Sea a dry below-sea-level depression until about 5 million years ago when the Atlantic ocean broke through the Gates of Hercules and flooded it? ;-)

  • Considering a Hike up Half Dome?   5 years 22 weeks ago

    I think people just like to exagerate. think about how many people climb up to the summit. you probably have a higher chance dying driving up to yosemite than climbming half dome. think about it, that is just three fatalities in one year. have you guys looked at how many people actually die driving in yosemite. its way more!! so i dont know why people are complaining that hiking half dome is not safe enough.

  • Ice Age Floods Trail Commemorates Floods of Unimaginable Ferocity   5 years 22 weeks ago

    You are quite right, tomp. I should have written "some of the biggest" rather than "the biggest." Big difference there.

  • Ice Age Floods Trail Commemorates Floods of Unimaginable Ferocity   5 years 22 weeks ago

    The rapid draining of Lake Missoula was not the largest flood event, but left some of the clearest signs still visible. When Lake Bonneville broke Red Rock pass in Idaho (not ice dam, probably cut through volcanic cap over softer material) it drained something like 1000 cubic miles of water in a few weeks. Lake Agassiz held over 2000 cubic miles of water in what is now Minnesota, North Dakota, Manitoba, & Ontario, but I don't know how fast it drained when it got an outlet to the north (it didn't leave as clear of evidence), and I suspect that the St. Croix NSR wasn't part of the drainage.

    I look forward to seeing the education & interpretation Ice Age Floods produces.

  • Glen Canyon NRA Releases EA on Castle Rock Cut Deepening   5 years 22 weeks ago

    "That Damn" is what has been responsible for the continuious supply of water to much of south western United States as well as Mexico. This drought would have nocked out entire cities if it weren't for lake powell. And beleive what you will about "evaporation pond" Look at the numbers. Out flows exceeding inflows during the past dry years. That means that it IS doing more than it isn't. Besides it provides habitat for all sorts of animal life that would not have been able to survive in that area. Glen canyon is all the more beautiful becuase of it. If you want to see a dry canyon go to bryce canyon. Leave lake powell alone. It has been way more enjoyed then it ever would have been. It is benificial to every one including naiive ungreatful people like you.

  • Woman Dies in Fall From Angel's Landing   5 years 22 weeks ago

    I'm really sorry to hear about your brother, Joni. I hope you're doing okay. I guess I haven't seen or talked to you in 33 years? Please stay safe.

  • Book Review: Let's Go See:All 50! -- Visiting the 50 States Journal   5 years 22 weeks ago

    May 16, 2009, I made it to Hawaii, my 50th visited state. I love it.

  • Ice Age Floods Trail Commemorates Floods of Unimaginable Ferocity   5 years 22 weeks ago

    For the past several years, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has worked with the Ice Age Floods Institute and the Washington State Congressional delegation to see the creation of this trail. We look forward to its completion.

    The implementation and management of the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail will present to the public the story of the greatest outburst floods known to science. These cataclysmic geologic events were known only to professional geologists until recent decades. As the public has become more aware this amazing story, the demand for more interpretive facilities, tours and information has grown dramatically.

    The trail will link existing and future federal, state, local, private and tribal interpretive facilities into a comprehensive scientific presentation of the Ice Age Floods. This trail will be managed by the National Park Service.

    In a day and age where rural communities are struggling to find new revenue sources and are becoming more and more reliant on tourism, economically the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail will be a boon for rural communities across the northwest. In a report funded by the National Park Service, researchers estimate this park unit will help contribute over $1 billion in tax revenue, over $18 billion in travel spending and over one quarter of a million jobs in the four state region.

  • Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Of all the really important things that face on a daily bases how on earth can people get themselves on there ear over whether people are celebrating Naked Hiker day!!! Perspective People!!! It's just one more way for people to enjoy themselves without hurting anyone.

  • Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Nekkid is a wonderfully useful term, don't you think? It puts me in mind of a standup routine that the late comedian/author Lewis Grizzard used to do. He would say: "There's a difference between naked and nekkid. If we say that Darlene is naked, we mean that she has no clothes on. If we say that Darlene is nekkid, we mean that she has no clothes on and is up to something."

  • Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice   5 years 22 weeks ago

    This was attempted at Assateague Island for awhile. A section of the beach was set aside for nudist, but they wouldn't stay in their designated spot and would wander on down the beach. The people who prefered suits knew there were nekkid people up north and wouldn't go there, but the nudist would ignore the boundaries and would wander on down, showing it all. I have no problem with nudity, but many people do and that needs to be respected. I'm not saying that all nudists are like this, but a good majority at the beach felt they had the right to go where they pleased.

    Also in Shenandoah, there's "Naked Creek" and it's called that for a reason!

  • Inspiring Service in the National Parks   5 years 22 weeks ago

    This young person is to be commended. Boy Scouts and the Order of the Arrow have also done this type of service in the past and continue to do similar projects locally and nationally.

  • Update: At 25 Years and Counting, Jackson Hole Airport Still Owes For Its Footprint   5 years 22 weeks ago

    In defense of the airport, there really isn't anywhere else for it to be. I am for the needed terminal renovations but in return I think a $5 per ticket fee should be charged and that money earmarked for adjoining land purchases to expand the national park. 533 acres have been lost forever, it is past time to start getting acreage back !

  • Vehicle Passes Still Available for Great Smoky Mountains National Park's 75th Anniversary Concert   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Concert was GREAT!

    Gave the other ticket to a couple at the Townsend vistor center.

  • Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice   5 years 22 weeks ago

    Perhaps it is time for the NPS to designate just a few trails as "clothing optional" and cite anyone who appears nekkid in other areas of the park. This would give both of the naturalists and the nervous each a separately designated area and allow those of us who neither care if you are prude or nude the ability to go anywhere on the trails with the understanding we may or may not encounter nudity. Mostly I think people are concerned about junior or his sis seeing something the parents have not yet discussed with their children, no problem and I understand completely. But then again mom and pop should not freak out when seeing a naked body enjoying the full outdoors if they venture onto a clothing optional trail, I doubt mom or dad was clothed when the offspring were conceived.

    Nude is how we arrived in this world and when you die a stranger will strip you nude and dissect and/or bathe your body in preparation for burial or creamation. People should be less uptight about nudity and accpet the fact that nudity in and of it self is not obscene but only natural. It is clothing that makes people "class segregated" and conscious of their appearance. How does someone explain nipples on a man are OK to show in public but nipples on a woman are not? Why is it OK for a young woman to wear a thong to the beach but anyone else is considered gross or perverted? Plain discrimination I see.

  • Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice   5 years 22 weeks ago

    One thing that I'm trying to get a solid handle on is what the current status is regarding ramifications or legal trends against anyone caught hiking naked on federal lands that are in the proximity (within a mile or two) of residential areas? How has Megan's Law affected the policy of looking the other way? Are more hikers being arrested for lewd conduct/indecent exposure which are felonies rather than the prior occasional misdemeanor or admonishments to "putyer pants back on"?

  • Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice   5 years 22 weeks ago

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