[hackerspaces] gmc's tour of US hackerspaces (was Re: Hippie Hacker Tour 010)

Matthew McCabe matt at mrmccabe.com
Wed Aug 18 17:38:11 CEST 2010

You will almost always need to pay a fee to stay in a camp ground in
any forest, national park, etc.  Looks like you can reserve a spot
through this website: http://www.recreation.gov/ (a very good idea
especially for busier camp grounds).

Bears are usually not a problem unless you are in an area with
Grizzlies (ex. Alaska).  Black bears are afraid of people and, at
worst, may check out your camp site if you leave food out.  The
particular park will let you know if you need to securely store your
food away from bears.  And generally most people who camp are friendly
and there to enjoy the scenery as much as your are.  The
crazies/killers are rare, lol.

On a completely different note, what is up with the laundry list of
links at the end of your e-mail, Stewart?  Working on your SEO? ;)


On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 8:21 AM, Stewart Dickson
<MathArt at emsh.calarts.edu> wrote:
>  On 8/18/10 7:11 AM, Koen Martens wrote:
>> On Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 08:47:33PM -0700, Don Ankney wrote:
>>> Vegas to NYC is about 4,000 km and there isn't a lot of density west of
>>> Chicago. You might want to bring some camping gear to spend some time in the
>>> national parks. Zion (where Bryce Canyon is) is right on the way, and you
>>> can run North through Salt Lake City into Yellowstone if you have time for
>>> the detour.
>> How does that actually work? Are there designated camping areas, like we
>> have over here, or are you just allowed to set up a tent anywhere?
> In National Forests, you can camp anywhere not already in use by cattle
> grazers.
> In National Parks, you have to camp in designated campsites.   There is
> usually a $5 per night fee.
> Often it is on an honor system.  You place your $5 in an envelope and slide
> it into a metal box.
>>  Wouldn't I have to worry about serial killers and grizley bears walking
>> around, or have I been watching too much movies?? :)
> Many of the squirrels carry Bubonic Plague -- so, don't feed them.   :)
>>> My European friends often don't fully visualize how large and open the
>>> middle of the US is. There's a lot to see there, but a lot of it is outside
>>> of the cities.
>> I'm actually hoping to experience some of that legendary roads going on
>> for hours without passing any other car. It sounds like a rather zen-like,
>> meditative experience.
>>> And I'm seconding the invitation to hang at the Black Lodge in Seattle.
>> Thanks! I'll be sure to check that out!
>> Gr,
>> Koen
> ....

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