The staff didn't cave, they got to use common sense and reasonableness. No one has or will drive on the dunes, it's never been allowed. ORV access is different here, meant to get families and beach gear to remote areas.
I guess it's like the old story of "how long is too long depends on which side of the bathroom door you're on".
What's a problem for a chick trying to live is different from what's a problem for a guy driving on the dunes.
This is a good start, but I think the NPS are purposely making this more complicated than it needs to be. The excessive closures and buffers are still not making any significant difference. I hope we can eventually revert to more simpler measures that used to provide reasonable access.
The reviewer makes it sound like there are already tons of books about photographing the national parks. There are books about the national parks that feature photography (of course). There are quite a few books (and e-books) about photographing a particular national park. There are books about photographing a particular geographic area, which happen to include some national parks.
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I am so eager to own a copy of this new publication as soon as it is available in August 2015.
Wild places - The site has undergone some major changes in the past week or so. There have been problems posting comments, so one this is a test :-) Kurt has his tech team working on this. One big change - the most recent comment on a thread will be on "top" of the "stack" of those posted, so you don't have to scroll down through a long series of posts to see the latest ones.
I could barely hear it too. The first few moments, Kurt's introduction comes through fine, but narrative through the rest of the video is almost completely inaudible even with volume turned up as high as possible at my computer.
Must have just been a glitch on the smartphone. Thanks for checking, and glad to see Web site is allowing comments again. Cleaner look with the new Web design, making it easier to surf - thanks for thinking of us users!
Couldn't hear anything when played the YouTube video, although I checked volume settings on this end. Hope it's something that can be fixed on NPT'S end? Just shared it with friends who volunteer at the monument. Never thought of Dinosaur National Monument as something for the bucket list, but NPT'S reports from there - volume or not - are making us rethink that.
For most the planning and expense to visit National Parks is considerable. Hundreds of miles of travel, gas, airlines, motels, camping fees, etc. etc. It would be very nice to be assured that when you arrive you can visit the park. So for that reason, I would support a reservation system where the parks are turning people away.
Given my penchant for spur of the moment trips I don't like reservations in general but recognize that crowding problems will require changes. The only other alternative that comes to mind is establishing a daily capacity which when reached the gates get closed. Guess I'd rather see this than a reservation system, or perhaps a combination of the two?
Like the new look Kurt, especially putting the latest post on top. The "Who's in the VC" doesn't seem to be working however. Also, in the past you could go to a commentor's bio by clicking his name. That isn't there now - perhaps intentionally or perhaps because the VC is working. Ah and spell check is back.
They've got $200 of my money for that long just so that I can spend 2 nights at Roosevelt and 3 nights at Old Faithful in 2016. *That's* just WRONG.Gee, at current interest rates, $200 for a year is less than $5.00. Seems like a small price to pay.
*Some*thing has to be done about Yosemite Valley. I suspect a reservation system might be the only solution.Yellowstone, OTOH, isn't that bad, even in August (speaking as someone who's been there at some point during every month between May and October). Even Old Faithful in August can be uncrowded if you know what you're doing.
I love the campground reservation system through Recreation.gov. It's very comforting to know that I'll have a place to lay my little head when I arrive. And I don't have to pull into a park in the wee hours hoping I'll find an open campsite. I've actually had to cancel reservations twice and even that has worked very well. There's a $10 charge to cancel, but the balance of the reservation
In my own view of the issue, I have found that reservation systems work quite well. It can be offset with holding some back for first come first serve or no shows. Recent experience both at the Washington Monument and Mammoth Cave were very well done.
There are so many open questions here it is hard to provide a definitive answer. Will their be reservation fees? What's the penalty for not showing up? Will a reservation be required or just an option to get you to the front of the line?
My wife and I just returned from a nice weekend trip to Glacier Bay. After five years living in Alaska, and now a month before moving elsewhere, it was great to finally get to visit this National Park. It is truly a world class site, and sight. The magnitude of what one sees is truly beyond simple description. We spent one day where I was out all day sport fishing while she hiked and biked.
There is no way to earn free volunteer passes in the Smokies. The kings and queens at the smokies decided they were different and didn't have to follow the same annual pass rules as the other parks. But such is the mentality of you NPS bureaucrats. They also don't honor any of the other passes that other parks do, despite being asked to do so where they charge fees.
Some fine choices. I have no idea how it would rank in terms of criteria used for this list, but I've always enjoyed Estes Park, Colorado as a place to visit. Yes, the traffic can be a challenge at times, but this park gateway has managed to retain it's local character, has avoided being overrun by big box retailers, and the setting for Estes Park is hard to beat.
Thanks Rick, I must admit being a bit skeptical about all the information flow on these issues is not entirely bad. I do however have enormous respect for those that work in the field and have the expertise to comment. There are questions, but taking a position of completely denying the research by the scientific community to date is not a good approach.
Interesting post Jim, unfortunately, there is enough evidence to support both positions, the debate over human activity contributing to climate change and the periodic droughts common to the southwestern United States including California. Issues of water and growth go back to John Wesley Powell. As Alfred Runte points out, population pressure is a key factor.
NASA has known for 25 years that satellite data is more accurate than surface data, but it gives the wrong political answer so they continue to ignore it. Why would the US space agency trust satellites?
those who live in the west need to face the fact that "human activity" is a major factor in the current water problems: demand for water exceeds supply in sections of the country that are arid in the best of times.
Two sources cited above say water woes in the west are due to a combination of inadequate supply due and increased demand."It's important to note that California's drought, while extreme, is not an uncommon occurrence for the state . . .multiyear droughts appear regularly in the state's climate record, and it's a safe bet that a similar event will happen again . . ."
Going back and exploring further in the woodfortrees website, I found that it may be possible to cherry pick almost anything you want to try to prove a preconceived agenda. But a little digging found this information. Quoting now: