RT @joshua__frank: This is exactly why all tourist vehicles ought to be banned from National Parks. On top of that, let’s close them a few months a year. The bears will thank us. https://t.co/8IusnJkgvX
I had a brother-in-law that lived there, across the street from the market. He told me he got up one morning and nearly tripped over a bear that had made its way into his cabin and fallen asleep in the doorway between his bedroom and the living room.
I miss that guy (the brother-in-law, not the bear. Never got to meet the bear.)
I bet that was a swell assignment...get out of the office, go to a national park and report on how awesome it is.
Im a tad bitter at the nationwide closure of alot of our public lands. Ive been in Yosemite several times and once you get a few miles off the major trailheads its damn near empty. Why in the hell is it closed? Close the campgrounds, close the concessions, close the bathrooms but why in fucks sake do they close the trails and backcountry? Its the same with my local National Wildlife Refuge trail...i usually dont see a soul when i go and it is closed. Makes me absolutely furious.
Ive been a seasonal worker...they are non essential at the moment, send em home.
Bathrooms dont need to be cleaned. Like i said, close the bathrooms, close the campgrounds, close the concessions....
Get real, trails dont need to be maintained right now. Use of a trail is solid maintenance and they are not getting them.
Yes people need policing but in general, those that use the backcountry in these parks do not.
At the beginning they pretty much closed much of the park but still let folks in, so folks were letting dogs run off-leash, dogs shitting everywhere and not being cleaned up after, folks wandering off-trail in sensitive areas, etc
That makes me infuriated.
That's why we can't have nice things. ^/s
Maybe just keep issuing backcountry permits then, sounds like the staff is still in place. Dogs are not allowed on dirt trails or wilderness areas anyways.....shut the front country down. This is what kills me, its a sledgehammer approach to a nuanced situation.
it doesnt at face value but the person is referring to the population in the valley. Animals respond pretty quickly to human pressure and are simply taking advantage of the situation. Im sure more bears and wildlife are in the valley but i doubt they have quadrupled.
I wonder if we'll start putting stricter limits on how many people can be in the park at the same time after this.
Yosemite Valley is so crowded during the summer that it seems insanely unsafe in light of our current pandemic problems.
Limit car entrances for those that don't have camping/wilderness permits, and double the entry fee for non-US drivers license holding vehicles (to $70/car for a week). That could both help the traffic and solve any budget issues.
My family tradition is a week in curry village in May every year since well before I was born. My first year was in 1990, it’s a completely different place now. It’s sad really. I still enjoy it but it’s not what it used to be until you start doing some of the tougher hikes. Then you can get to some secluded areas that feel untouched.