From: Nevada, USA
ORIGINAL: Jeffrey H.
I find them to be a bit of a burden. Then you get evironmentalist whackos in the administration and they put you in jail for riding a bicycle in one.
Ditto-I've seen that rational in at least two National Parks.
A couple of years ago I was at Yellow Stone. During a briefing at Old Faithful, one "ranger" made several very political comments-only a few people chuckled. I was rather surprised and was momentarily tongue tied-I wanted to blast him (verbally), but before I responded, he said; "I better be quiet before I get into trouble".
One time in Utah at the Cedar Breaks NP, I saw a female "ranger" tell a little girl (maybe 4 years old) to put a flower back that she had just picked and was giving to her mother. The little girls started crying. There were thousands, if not millions of those little flowers growing on that mountain, but one for a little girl was against the rules.
Again, at Yellowstone, you can't fish at the famous Fishing Bridge-you could before, but not anymore. It seems that the particular trout that inhabits the area in numbers (there are several types in the water there) is the favorite fish of the bears-don't want to stave the bears or deprive them of their favorite fish. The fish are quite thick in that area. Oh yea-if you happen to catch the wrong fish (elsewhere in the park), you better throw it back, but first you have to resuscitate it. Never resuscitate a fish before? Not to worry, there are signs here and there to tell you how to do it-I'm serious.
I don't think that it really matters about who is in office-environmental whacko's seem to have found a home.
The parks are generally beautiful sights worth seeing at least once. Generally, once each is enough for me.
Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.