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Old 05-15-2003, 06:55 AM   #1
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The Good Bad and the Ugly

:wave Our fall trip we decided to do western Canada stopping to visit relatives in Stettler and Rocky Mt House Alberta. All went fine and we had a reunion picnic at a beautiful spot just west of Rocky Mountain House about 25 miles east of the parks, at a place called Preachers Point, where we spent the night. A ranger [ do you call them rangers in Canada?] stopped by in the morning and had coffee with us and wished us well.:sunny There was no traffic the next morning on the road into Banff Park . Soon after we turned North on the Park road ,while driving the speed limit there was a tour buss on our bumper. As I usually do I pulled over to let it pass, only to find in a few minutes there was another one . After a few of these I thought there was no need for anyone to be in a hurry on such a beautiful drive , I soon had a long line of them on my rear. After doing the glacier thing we headed south to stop and see beautiful lake Louise . The parking lot was full, mostly these busses. We went down to the over look to see the lake and you couldnít see a good view of the lake as it was covered with canoes. :weep Needless to say we didnít spend much more time at the park WHAT IS GOING ON HERE? :bh This picture I took and removed all the Canoes.
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Old 05-15-2003, 07:17 AM   #2
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Hi
Those tour busses run on a very tight schedual.Most are Tiwanese People or Japanese.They have only so many days to see certain areas.I would never take a trip like they do.Its very hard and tiring.:wave
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Old 05-15-2003, 07:42 AM   #3
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About 8 years ago, my wife and I parked the trailer in the parking lot and spent a night in a lakeside room at the Chateau Lake Louise.

After checking in, we found the place was so over-run by camera toting tourists, we could hardly walk through the hotel or view Lake Louise from anywhere except our room (which was a beautiful view, however!)

We got up at 4 a.m. so that we could walk around the hotel and lake ... by ourselves.

We also spent several nights in the overcrowded Lake Louise campground ... where a month or so later, a bear attacked two campers sleeping in tents.

So Lyndon, I agree ... it's a good, bad and ugly place.

But man, we'd go back in a heartbeat!
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Old 05-15-2003, 08:02 AM   #4
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Equal opportunity Uglitude

Years ago, when only Amuricuns had the moola to travel, we were called the Ugly Americans when we were abroad. But now *everybody* travels and can be ugly. A few years ago my wife and I (were solitudists, BTW) were enjoying one of the more remote overlooks at Canyon de Chelly. After a few minutes a pair of German tourists arrived and began to loudly direct each other into photo-op situations. They were practically shouting, shoved directly into our space despite ALL the room they had, and totally ignored us the whole time they were there. Later, at Mesa Verde, we climbed down the ladder to the ruins and marveled at the peace, the solitude, and the feeling of awe that washed over us in that almost sacred place. We were alone there for about ten minutes. Then the bus load (about 50 or so) of French tourists arrived. Cacophony ensued. Also much pushing, shoving, toe-tromping, and space raping. Again, we were invisible to them, and made ourselves actually so as soon as we could.

The nationalities don't matter. If it's a tourist site, "They" are going to be there. Equal opportunity for rude slobs of all nations!

We've all probably heard the story, or similar: family at the Grand Canyon, going from overlook to overlook. Father tired, impatient, bored, ignoring everything around him. "Oh, just take lots of pictures. We'll look at it when we get home!"
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Old 05-16-2003, 09:09 AM   #5
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Same Thing, Only Different

I like to anchor out in the boat. I'll make short trips just to get out of my marina. Often I bip out Friday afternoon, sail a bit and spend the weekend anchored in a nearby lagoon.

I'll show up and the lagoon will be empty. I'll anchor over in a corner. Why is it, that the next morning when the rest of the boating public arrives, they immediately anchor right on top of me, threatening to foul my anchor rode, boom boxes at full volume? They have the rest of the lagoon to anchor in.

Is there some sort of herd instinct at work here? Can I expect the same while staying at rustic camp grounds? I'm almost guessing that as soon as I pick a spot in a nearly empty park, somebody will pull up to the site next door. Please, tell me I'm wrong.

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Old 05-16-2003, 09:33 AM   #6
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boondocking

Steve- the beauty of these rigs is more than skin deep.......they just scream BOONDOCK!! I avoid commercial camping whenever possible- alot more private and cheaper too. Can you say FREEBIE??

nice floating fiberglass rig BTW.
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Old 05-16-2003, 10:04 AM   #7
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>>Please, tell me I'm wrong.

Okay. You're wrong, Steve!!

People anchor next to you because they can't see the bottom. Your anchor's holding so that must be a good spot.

Campgrounds are different.

At least, I hope so!! :jump-r

(It is true that I can park my big blue gas hawg in the hinterlands section of the grocery parking lot, and invariably when I return from my shopping, someone has pulled in right next to me - even though there are 20 empty spaces they could've chosen from! What is up with that?)

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Steve- the same thing happens when we go to the beach to fly kites. We purposely go early and pick a deserted stretch of beach so as to have plenty of room to maneuver the kites. As soon as the kite's in the air and we're having fun, along comes a solitary beachcomber meandering down the shore. And guess where he or she decides to cross the beach to get back to the road? Directly under my kite lines, of course! I then have to choose between grounding (or crashing) the (expensive) kite or risk injuring said moron.
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Old 05-17-2003, 05:41 PM   #9
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Steve:
Nice looking boat! Where do you keep it? Is the water going to be deep enough this year?
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Old 05-17-2003, 07:47 PM   #10
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(expensive) kite or moron

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choose between grounding (or crashing) the (expensive) kite or risk injuring said moron.
Hmmmmmmm; :conf :huh :shg any witness's? I can hear it now, "But officer, the guy attacked me with a kite" :wave

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Old 05-17-2003, 08:30 PM   #11
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grouping/congregating

If it's accessible they will come.
Last year I was 5 hours from nowhere, with 4 friends communing with nature, We were supposed to be hunting, but we wanted to just kick back and relax. after half an hour, we hear an engine, five minutes later a quad runner shows up, the guy passed umpteen do not enter, no trespassing etc. signs , then had the guts to tell us he didn't realize he was trespassing.
People have lost the respect for others privacy.
Ever try to launch a boat lately?
how long did you wait for a turn at the ramp?

Been fishing?- if they see you pull a fish in, you have ten people on top of you trying to get one. We need for everyone to give a little care to the private space of others.

That's it end of my rant for now.
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Old 05-22-2003, 11:13 AM   #12
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Lyndon

Yes, we do call them park rangers.

It's too bad you found yourself unindated with unwanted company. As a life-long British Columbian / part-time Albertan, I have been through that area many many times. I've seen the transformation.

The Banff and Lake Louise area was virtually snapped up by overseas interests about 10 or 15 years ago. As a result, there has been a major transformation from the awesome beauty that was once unique to this area, into a major tourist trap. Don't get me wrong - it's still has many beautiful scenic areas (I'd still recommend it, during the off season) - but once they stuck in a McDonalds, the whole point is gone.

The world is getting smaller! ;)
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Old 05-23-2003, 06:16 AM   #13
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Lee and I are boondockers through and through.

We always try to find a camping spot beyond at least two Winnebago Traps. Some yahoo in a behemoth will always try the first one, but never the second.

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Morgan;

Willow Creek ?
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