[at-l] last report from Crawford Notch
mfactor at gmail.com
Tue Sep 4 21:25:27 CDT 2012
For what it's worth...
The next morning, more State Parks people stopped by again when Rockdancer
was away from the lot. This time, a guy and a woman in the pickup. I
didn't get their names.
When asked, I reiterated one more time that we were NOT selling anything.
We were just here to provide trail magic, we were not camping there, and
we were doing our best to keep the area clean given all the trash the
tourists heading to Ripley Falls leave behind.
Additionally, the perspective of the Park Rangers is that an unattended
tarp, left up overnight at the edge of the parking lot, may encourage
hikers to spend the night there.
In the course of the conversation, I found out that when there's space at
the Dry River Campground (especially after Labor Day), they happily put up
thruhikers for free and even give them quarters so they can do laundry.
I'm not sure that this is any sort of "official" policy but it's nice to
know some hikers may benefit. The guy in the pickup even said they
sometimes give rides to hikers. Since one of the hikers had just asked
about getting to the Highland Center, I asked if they might be going in
that direction and so they ended up giving that hiker a ride.
So, it's not all bad news...
Visit my Travels and Trails web site at:
On Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 6:48 PM, Tom McGinnis <sloetoe at yahoo.com> wrote:
> eArThworm sent me an email link available on the web, but it's not
> CNSP-specific, and it seems like a good way to make an enemy, to throw a
> stone into an over-big pond.
> Actually, I hadn't thought of a phone call. Hey, you didn't catch a name
> of Ranger McFriendly, did you?? Maybe a little butter-n-honey.....
> --- On Tue, 9/4/12, RockDancer <rockdancer97 at comcast.net> wrote:
> > From: RockDancer <rockdancer97 at comcast.net>
> > Subject: RE: [at-l] last report from Crawford Notch
> > To: "'Tom McGinnis'" <sloetoe at yahoo.com>, "'at-l'" <AT-L at backcountry.net
> > Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 6:14 PM
> > If you are so inclined you can reach
> > them at:
> > Crawford Notch State Park
> > 2057 US Route 302
> > Harts Location, NH 03812
> > 603-374-2272
> > This is the same "Harts Location" that is first to vote in
> > elections along
> > with Dixville Notch. They typically vote 1 minute after
> > midnight. From the
> > Jan. 10, 2012 Manchester Union Leader "At midnight, a total
> > of 23 votes were
> > cast in town hall for the first-in-the-nation presidential
> > primary. Voting
> > took two minutes and 26 seconds."
> > --
> > Arthur D. Gaudet
> > RockDancer on the Appalachian Trail
> > Rockdancer97 at comcast.net
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Tom McGinnis [mailto:sloetoe at yahoo.com]
> > Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2012 4:58 PM
> > To: 'at-l'; RockDancer
> > Subject: Re: [at-l] last report from Crawford Notch
> > I looked for a Crawford Notch State Park email address, that
> > I might copy
> > them on a lauding reply, but to no avail.
> > Well, regardless, as do all those who give so much to make
> > the AT happen,
> > you rock so much, RD. I mean, aside from your off-season
> > efforts, you then
> > go ahead and do the travel, do the gas, do the wear&tear
> > on the auto, do the
> > rain, do the hard ground, do alllllllll the feed action and
> > such...
> > ...but to think that there would be a dollop of grief in
> > there too, in the
> > form of bureaucracy *that* *should* *know* *better*.......
> > Dang.
> > Well, my continuing very best wishes to you, and deepest
> > thanks.
> > 'toe
> > one-time hiker-type, longggggg long ago.
> > --- On Tue, 9/4/12, RockDancer <rockdancer97 at comcast.net>
> > wrote:
> > The busiest day all summer was Saturday, Sept. 1. Mara
> > (Stitches), Artie (a
> > friend of the trail) and I greeted and fed 31 hikers, 25 of
> > them NoBo
> > hikers. This is the highest daily number all summer and, in
> > a way, is a
> > puzzle. Some are planning to finish in 15 days, others will
> > take nearly 6
> > weeks to reach Katahdin. We fed a total of 68 hikers on the
> > weekend, making
> > a "season total" of 325 hikers. The weather was beautiful
> > all weekend in
> > Crawford Notch, with 70's in the daytime, down to high 40's
> > at night.
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