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

john arclight arclight at gmail.com
Wed Aug 18 18:02:38 CEST 2010

Also, if you are planning to hit 3 or more National Parks, there is a
1-year pass available. It's a good deal if you use it.


On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 8:38 AM, Matthew McCabe <matt at mrmccabe.com> wrote:
> 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? ;)
> -Matt
> 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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