Your tax dollars at work. Not.

11 thoughts on “Your tax dollars at work. Not.”

  1. Hi PT — SO glad you made the trip – for all of us who can’t – and checked out the aspens, the (lack) of elk, the available parking (cannot imagine parking on Elkhorn during store hours), and the actual park closure methods used. Safety of visitors has to be a minimal part of it, since no rangers would be authorized to respond to a call for assistance? (hopefully it wouldnt be me, but i get a mental image of a car stuck hood-high in snow between Rainbow Curve and Forest Canyon & calling to get pulled out….) Like you, though, wondering what, besides honesty, keeps folks from parking & walking in. Bigtime impressed you shopped Erik’s gallery without going broke!! That was the high point of this visit- apart from just being there and soaking up the Estes magic. (great taste deciding on “only” one print, too) 🙂

    1. I guess the barricades are to keep stupid people from getting themselves in trouble (like those who’d try to drive over Trail Ridge in bad weather, or those who’d expect a rutting bull elk to say “cheese” for an up-close photo). But I’d still think that in a pinch, if a signal were available, people could call out for help from rescue groups other than park employees.

      Well, I visited Erik’s gallery and browsed. If “shopping” means “buying,” I didn’t. Not even a $1.00 bookmark.

  2. Glad The Other Side is open. You’d think they would open Fall River down to the meadow and close it there at the overlook as the road heads up. People could still see animals and trees.
    Post a big sign at the entrance “At your own risk” like they do at the ocean or pool.
    Totally unwillingness to work with people (bet there are volunteers who would step up to assist in place of park rangers)
    Great to see a guy showed up at the Lincoln Memorial and mowed the lawn today with his own mower ( from South Carolina). Park police and 3 cars showed up and made him leave.
    And another guy showed up at the national mall with a mower and yard tools trying to keep the landscape in shape.
    People are willing to help out, but not being allowed, to..why? Totally nuts

    1. I went to The Other Side because I’ve been going there for decades, and I wanted to make sure they were okay. I’ve bought groceries and deli lunches and gifts at that corner since I was a kid. I always get to the park via Mary’s Lake Road (if coming from the south) and they’re always on my way coming and going. If I spent any money at all that day, I was determined that it be there.

      Just heard on the evening news that Gov. Hickenlooper is going to call the White House tonight and ask permission for the state to take over control of Trail Ridge Road (highway patrol, snow plow, etc.) to get the traffic flowing into Estes again. Not the the trails, but the highway itself. Makes too much sense. Not counting on the WH to acquiesce. “If we make an exception for you, we’ll have to start doing it for everyone …” Sen. Bennet also delivered a letter to the WH today asking the same thing. Of course, Mother Nature usually closes the road by the end of October anyway. But a couple of week is better than nothing.

      1. You are right. It may be time we all just start taking initiative and doing what’s right and what needs to be done.
        Let me know if I can help. Sent emails to a couple of very active groups and hikers in driving range.

      2. Thank you! I feel so damned helpless here. Just one person who doesn’t know anyone locally, who has no strings to pull, no influence, no money to spend. Can’t get to Estes that often. Just here and hurt for that town …

      3. We have childhood friends that are much more well connected than us in CO. Passing along information is important. As good as any coin ( which we don’t have either). I decided a while back doing something is a whole lot better than doing nothing. Good job!

      4. I appreciate your doing that. The post about the protest at the park has been getting some notable traffic. I hope that means a lot of people will show up. Loved your idea about having the CU students go. Imagine the numbers they could generate.

      5. I sent it to Boulder/CU students and to some active outdoors youngsters in Vail area asking them to spread the word. Looks like there may be movement by NPS. Protests all over. Big one planned sat in Smokey mts.
        Some people don’t get this isn’t about recreation – it’s about jobs and the economy in disaster areas. It’s not even handed either as some parks in certain congressional areas are allowed to be partly open.
        Totally stupid plan. Just makes people mad and dig heels in when they all must talk and find a way. Close the ocean? bright idea. Interesting in all the past gov shut down, parks and memorials have never been effected. Just posted some Estes /buffie stuff

... and that's my two cents