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  •  I tell you... (8+ / 0-)

    ...some people check their brain at the entrance pay station. The guy parking his RV in Lamar was just mind blowing that someone would be that discourteous and stupid. The Northeast Entrance Road is narrow enough as it without the path being blocked by a big honking RV parked in the middle of the lane of traffic. Of course he couldn't pull off to the side because the thing would tip over.

    Patience is definitely a virtue in the parks. My advice people, don't be in a hurry to get everywhere. Slow down, obey the speed limit. Animals and people may be in the roadway.

    "So it was OK to waterboard a guy over 80 times but God forbid the guy who could understand what that prick was saying has a boyfriend."--Jon Stewart

    by craigkg on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 09:39:24 AM PDT

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    •  "Bear jams" (5+ / 0-)

      They're going to happen, and there's nothing anyone can do about it.  All the rangers I've ever dealt with or spoken to laugh about it.  I think they do a really good job, for the most part.  They can't be everywhere at once, but they always have somebody on site ASAP when a bear jam develops.  

      BTW don't let them catch you calling bison "buffalo" or calling a cinnamon-colored-black-bear a "brown" bear.  They get cranky about those things.  Very dedicated to the wildlife in their care.  

      We are the first to look up and know, with absolute certainty, that the sword we ourselves have forged, is real.

      by Jbearlaw on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 10:10:34 AM PDT

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      •  Saving people from themselves (6+ / 0-)

        While I was at the Mud Volcano area photographing the sulphur springs a bear jam popped up for a grizzly up a hill. A pair of rangers was there in no time flat, one directing traffic and the other stopping idiots from walking up the hill towards the bears. And yes there were several idiots that tried.

        Note to the DSLR users...if you are going to Yellowstone and can't afford a long lens, you can rent them. There are several outfits online where you can rent a lens. That's what I do. I have the lenses I need for landscapes but haven't taken the plunge for the expensive glass for wildlife. For a $100 or so, you can rent a lens that goes to 400mm for a week. You will get much better shots than those with a short kit lens.

        "So it was OK to waterboard a guy over 80 times but God forbid the guy who could understand what that prick was saying has a boyfriend."--Jon Stewart

        by craigkg on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 10:25:12 AM PDT

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    •  Reminds me... (3+ / 0-)
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      I used to work at a cattle ranch in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area near Stanley, Idaho, and one summer we had some old guy try to negotiate a 3-point turn with his Winnebago on the narrow "highway" running north-south through the valley. Well...he managed to get himself high-centered so that he was across the road 90 degrees with no room on either side to drive around. He was stuck there for a couple hours while we helped get him out with some aid from the state police. A lot of pissed off tourists on the road that day and I felt bad because the driver was really a nice old guy who felt really horrible, and I got the impression that he would have rather had a pickup camper if not for pressure from the family to get a

      Obama is not a brown-skinned anti-war socialist who gives away free health care. You're thinking of Jesus.

      by frankzappatista on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 11:08:31 AM PDT

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