Re: The Fee
Posted by David A. Wright on April 10, 2002 at 00:05:10:
In Reply to: Re: The Fee posted by Thom on April 09, 2002 at 14:47:24:
I understand what you're saying. I've done it that way also (although I'm not endorcing this practice). I can't see paying a fee to when I take a run up Pleasant and down South Park. Or take a run over Goler, down to Furnace Creek, have a bite at the restaurant or a Coke fromn the general store, get gas and run home.
In 2000 I had a similar experience to yours when I attempted to buy an annual pass at Furnace Creek visitor center, they were out (they suggested I get one at Stovepipe and didn't charge me the entrance fee). So I went ahead and spent a couple of days camping in the park and exploring around (I also let my ranger buddy know that I tried to get a pass and what I was doing). I figured I tried and that was it. Exiting via Crater to return to home at Big Pine, I got caught at the north end booth. So I paid my $20 and immediately exited the park. Didn't get a chance to return for the duration that fee was valid.
So I figured that and other times I bought my annual pass but didn't get any or much use out of it paid for those times I came in, played a bit and got out. I've also posted in my windshield expired passes in case a ranger comes along (doubt if would fool them, though).
I have my pass this year, though.