The Westside Road has reopened three miles to Dry Creek for vehicles, and beyond for bikes and hikers. Here's an interesting account of the flooding by a volunteer who was first on the scene: http://rainiervolunteers.blogspot.com/2015/08/not-just-another-day-at-of...
good article, the usual straying comments. there is no "overcrowding" as there is no limit to the number set by Nature to the number of visitors. All the other prople in your park are looking at you as the problem.
Back to the issue of noise pollution, ban motorcycles!
Aug 18th - 17:41pm |
As a former park ranger I would advise visitors who want to avoid the large crowds is go on the off season which is usually the summer for most parks. Stay away on free days if possible those are packed with visitors went last fall to Rocky Mountain and yikes the traffic was bad hard to enjoy yourself when you are in a traffic jam.
re: "I didn't know there were that many firefighters in the whole world." Indeed, Lee - the well is bound to be dry when it comes to trained resources, and risks increase as the same people work long, hard days on multiple fires over the summer and fall.
From this morning's Morning Report:
National Fire Activity
NIFC is at PL 5. There are 66 uncontained large fires burning nationwide, down 27 from yesterday. Current resource commitments appear below, with changes from yesterday's numbers in parentheses:
Humans tip the balance when they begin feeding wildlife in this manner. There would be no reason for the elk hunt if they did not inflate the numbers because of this type of feeding. So then they now have to deal with the grizzlies who also want to hunt the elk. The FWS was given instructions to stop this feeding but haven't.
Lee, once again you ruin an innocuous thread with your political rants. The fact that you have no understanding of how Wall Street or big banks work or the enormous contribution they have made to making American the strongest country in the world is no reason for you to be casting aspertions upon the hundreds of thousands of people that work and invest in those fields.
Wall Street speculators, Big Banks, and Politicians are much, much scarier than either sharks or bears.
Then again, if you have enough money you might be able to buy a speculator, banker, or politician. I don't think it would influence either of the others very much.
I guess bears and sharks are just more ethical and honest.
I guess I would have to say I'm more concerned about sharks, because I've hiked in grizzly territory many times. If I knew sharks might be in the area I would stay out of the water, at least anything more than waist-deep.
Aug 19th - 12:59pm |
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Sharks for sure! There is just something about encountering a deadly predator AND being out of your element that has always terrified me. We camped in Yellowstone last year and had a HUGE grizzly walk through our camp without giving us a second look. Scary, for sure, but nothing like seeing a shark next to you.
Sequoia doesn't allow bear spray? Why would that be?
Aug 19th - 11:02am |
Neither one of these really "worries" me. If you enter the parks with respect for what they represent, know the dangers, heed the warnings, and stay aware of your surroundings, most of the time you're going to be just fine. And then,sometimes things just happen, no matter where you are. No use living life in fear of "what if"!
Aug 19th - 10:52am |
since i hike more im always concerned about running into a bear. It happened about two years ago at Yosemite national park. We were walking on a simple path when we heard branches breaking and we saw two bears walking in the opposite direction. They looked at us and kept walking.
I drove through southeastern Oregon day before yesterday. Visibility less than a mile in smoke in many places. Drove through a recent burn in grass (BLM fire? State? Private?) that went on for miles and miles alongside the highway. Still a few hotspots smoldering. Saw fire crews from White Mountain Forest in New York, Dixie in southern Utah, and loads of mili
It's not a drug transaction they are talking about, but drug trafficking. Big difference. Cartels and smugglers would kill a ranger in a New York minute if it was one man against several and they were looking at life in prison if they allowed him to arrest them.
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Re directions to the park, duly noted.While we did mention "Colorado," it could have been more prominent. Main gateway towns are Estes Park, Colorado, on the eastern side, and Grand Lake, Colorado, on the west.
It seems like it would be helpful for articles like this to actually tell where the park is (other than "Rocky Mountains"). A quick word on where the park's main entrance is or how to get there would be of great benefit to those who don't already know where the park is.