Friday , February 23 2024

Despite Reports Of Trashed Parks, Most Yosemite Visitors Are Not Deterred

While the state is experiencing a transition of power and new laws for the new year, lawmakers in D.C. still haven’t made progress on how to reopen the federal government. That means some National Parks like Sequoia and Kings Canyon are currently closed, but the more popular park in our area – Yosemite – is still entertaining guests. But there are caveats, including limited resources and staffing. No one is at the ranger station handing out maps, and outdoor bathrooms along the trails are closed. None of that deterred Katie Arnst. I found her standing in front of Half Dome last week trying to get the perfect shot. She’s a photographer from Sacramento who came here spontaneously. Arnst says, she didn’t see the trash and human waste that rangers have been posting anonymously about on Facebook . But maybe she just timed her visit well; the Fresno Bee reported that some have visited the park with the sole purpose of helping to pick up piled trash. Arnst is a smart traveler anyway, so she
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